Moderator - Syrus Marcus Ware
Syrus Marcus Ware is a visual artist, community activist, researcher, youth-advocate and educator. He is the Program Coordinator of the AGO Youth Program, Art Gallery of Ontario. As a visual artist, Syrus works within the mediums of painting, installation and performance to challenge systemic oppression. Syrus’ work explores the spaces between and around identities; acting as provocations to our understandings of gender, sexuality and race. His work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Gladstone Hotel, ASpace Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, SPIN Gallery and other galleries across the city. His work has been reproduced in FUSE Magazine, The Globe and Mail, THIS Magazine, Blackness and Sexualities amongst others. His work has also been included in several academic journals including Small Axe and Women and Environment International. http://syrusmarcusware.com/; http://blog.ocad.ca/wordpress/site-specific/2014/01/syrus-marcus-ware-on-intersectionality-story-telling-and-disability-arts-movements/
Panelist - Theresa Hopkins
Theresa Hopkins is a multi-disciplinary Toronto based artist currently in her fourth year at OCADU. Her previous works have focused a lot around cultural appropriation, and the black diaspora in a contemporary setting. Her works and zines have been shown at galleries such as The White House Studio Project and Whippersnapper Gallery and she currently has work in an upcoming exhibition at Faith Void.
Panelist - Jordon Veira
Jordon ‘JV’ Veira was born in Toronto Ontario, in April of 1993, to an African Canadian mother and Jamaican immigrant father. He is an entrepreneur, spoken word poet, motivational speaker and the Founder/Director of Spoke N’ Heard.
Spoke N’ Heard is an arts-based social enterprise that works to support young artists with “ARTrepreneurial” development, equipping them with the tools to create art that destigmatizes mental health and promotes resiliency and resistance against oppression. Through the power of storytelling, JV hopes to empower communities and individuals to self-actualize and follow their intrinsic purposes. JV began writing and performing spoken word in 2007, and has been blessed to grace stages in Toronto, New York and most recently Italy.
Opening Reception (February 3 2016): https://www.facebook.com/events/493379047530839/
Pixelation: interrogating the ways in which contemporary art and design perpetuate or challenge anti-blackness.
This exhibition seeks to explore the ways in which Black identity has been formed, shaped, or erased through visual culture.
The overarching purpose of this exhibition is to bring awareness to racial stereotypes, that shape 'what it means to be black'. With awareness, comes responsibility to make change in one's own sphere.
The aim is to reclaim representations while creating a space where people are able to talk about uncomfortable topics. How can contemporary art and design be used as a tool for reclamation and decolonization?
Pixelation is generously sponsored by The OCAD U $1,500 Big Ideas Fund, The Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, Office of the President, Office of the Vice-President Academic, Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design, Graduate Studies and the OCAD Student Union
Moderator - Syrus Marcus Ware