Black History Month 2016 – ODESI is proud to support a student-led exhibition curated by Graphic Design student Zvikomborero Mhakayakora, winner of the OCAD U Big Ideas Fund!
Pixelation: interrogating the ways in which contemporary art and design perpetuate or challenge anti-blackness.
UPCOMING EVENT: Pixelation Panel Discussion
Featuring faculty, students and members of Toronto's Black Arts community. Panelists to be announced shortly.
February 24, 2016, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
1st floor Auditorium, 100 McCaul St.
Click here for the Facebook event page.
Exhibition: February 1 to March 1, 2016, in OCAD U's Main Lobby, 100 McCaul St.
Danièle Dennis (Toronto, ON)
Audrey Hudson (Toronto, ON)
Evan Jerry (Toronto, ON
Alexandra Johnston (Toronto, ON)
Jessica Karuhanga (Toronto, ON)
Setti Kidane (Toronto, ON)
Anna J McIntyre (Montreal, QC)
Shantel Miller (Toronto, ON)
Bidemi Oloyede (Toronto, ON)
Lido Pimienta (Toronto, ON)
David Zapparoli (Toronto, ON)
Pixelation features 11 artists whose works draw attention to the ways in which racial stereotypes come to shape "what it means to be black." Individual and collective agency are central tropes within the exhibition. Each artist seeks to reclaim their self-representation and create a space where people are able to talk about uncomfortable topics.
Pixelation showcases a diversity of aesthetics and a range of media -- painting, sculpture, photography, video performance, and soundscape -- in order to reflect on how black identity has been formed and continues to
be made in this contemporary moment. These works explore many themes including whiteness as default, institutionalized ethnocentrism, displacing racial stereotypes, internalized self-hatred, resistance against consumer culture, dominant settler society, modern practices of enslavement, notions of identity, the process of decolonization and the search for "home."
As a grouping, the works in Pixelation highlight the multifarious nature of black contemporary art and provides a glimpse into what it means to be black in the context of contemporary Canadian society.
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 ofDesign, Graduate Studies, Paere and the OCAD Student Union.