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Curated by Alica Hall, Nia Centre for the Arts
February 20 – May 21, 2021
Harbourfront Centre Parking Pavilion
225 Queens Quay West (North of Ontario Square)
Through portraiture, Yasin Osman shares scenes of everyday life in the villages of Somalia. This installation features Osman’s intimate portraits and snapshots, which offer glimpses into the lives of the Somali people. The child of Somali parents, Osman returned to his ancestral lands in search of an emotional connection. This body of work showcases his journey home as an outsider, examining this foreign land.
Dear Ayeeyo is intended as a tribute to the photographer’s grandmother. Osman’s endeavour to draw the viewer into his personal experience of coming to this country in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, severe drought and futile violence illuminates the resilience of the human spirit. His images contest the misconceptions caused by the media’s destructive images. He fosters trust and camaraderie with his subjects, actively engaging with them to create portraits that reflect their strength and perseverance.
Where women stand, the world takes a leap. Where they go, communities transform and inspiration is born. In this critical examination of Black femininity under the title, Where She Went, We Thrived viewers are encouraged to reflect on how the past year echoed the traumas of the past, and how Black women, through their labour and life, continue to pave a way forward.
Three contemporary artists from the Afro-diaspora, Yasin Osman, Christine Nnawuchi and Apanaki Temitayo M examine the contributions of Black women in our communities, through a dynamic presentation of textile, porcelain ceramics and photography on the Harbourfront Centre site.
Where She Went, We Thrived explores the magic and tenacity of Black womanhood. They have shaped the world we know today, and this exhibition pays tribute to the tools, strategies and traditions our ancestors wielded for their survival—enabling future generations to succeed.
— Alica Hall, Executive Director, Nia Centre for the Arts
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