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Curated by Alica Hall, Nia Centre for the Arts
February 20 – June 6, 2021
Big Vitrine (facing onto Ontario Square)
235 Queens Quay West, East Side
Porcelain clay is incredibly responsive to human touch; its readiness to be transformed makes it a perfect medium for exploring the beauty in imperfection. I embrace the unanticipated possibilities that arise when creating. The eclectic, organic sensibility of these sculptures is reminiscent of an ancient time and speaks to my ancestral African roots. These wall sculptures occupy the liminal space between artefact and lore. My work looks to examine these objets d’art with their own tales and history, and endeavours to recreate a mythology of my own making. Imagine an archeological dig where we’ve unearthed the lived work-space of an ancient healer, a medicine woman, the matriarch of the village. These are the items left behind when her village is ravaged by tribal wars, drought, fire or famine. These are the items left behind when you’re fleeing your community and home. Some pieces are utilitarian, some are adornments, while others are treasures and tools. Let’s explore!
— Christine Nnawuchi
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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