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Curated by Alica Hall, Nia Centre for the Arts
February 23 – June 6, 2021
Craft & Design Studio Windows, Bill Boyle Artport
235 Queens Quay West, East Side
Femme de Fleur is a celebration of melanated beauty, strength and grace in women – literally the goddess in feminine energy. I was inspired by the Yoruba goddess Oshun, which is the embodiment of love, healing, fertility and freshwater. Her energy is understanding your worth and reclaiming the most beautiful parts of yourself. In these portraits, I choose to capture the complexity and nuance of the female form by using mixed media to accentuate and punctuate the sensuality, vulnerability, the divine and a multitude of emotions as well as experiences all expressed unapologetically in these portraits.
– Apanaki Temitayo M
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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