There Is Always More Than What We Perceive

Featured artists:

Michèle Pearson Clarke

Abdi Osman

Natalie Wood

Thesis Exhibition Curated by Geneviève Wallen (MFA Graduate Student in the Criticism and Curatorial Practice Master's Program)

March 6 to March 14, 2015

Reception: Friday March 6th, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

We’ve been arguing for decades about identity and authenticity and who’s Black and who’s not and I want to yell above the din-Truce! – Touré 

There Is Always More than What We Perceive is an exhibition project that explores the ways in which contemporary Toronto-based Black queer artists engage issues of identity, race, sexuality, gender and space in their art works. The selected artists namely Michèle Pearson Clarke, Abdi Osman, and Natalie Wood push against the confinements of an imagined authentic blackness that has been constructed around an assumed patriarchal and heterosexual ideology. There Is Always More than What We Perceive seeks to acknowledge different kinds of performances of Blackness in order to give latitude, freedom, and unbind Black identities. 

Please join us for a performance by Natalie Wood on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by a reception from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W. (at Duncan), Toronto. 

About the Curator

As a Curator and art historian, Geneviève Wallen is interested in issues of ethnocultural representational spaces. Geneviève is a candidate in the Criticism and Curatorial Practice program at OCAD University (2015) and holds a BFA in Art History from Concordia University in Montreal (2012). She is particularly concerned about the platforms prescribed to artists of Caribbean and African descent within Canadian art institutions, and the lack of documentation on this subject. She believes that the inner workings of cultural consciousness not only affect daily experiences, but also shape how individuals perceive themselves and how they perform their social interactions. Her awareness of how different systems of marginalization operate in the art world drives her current curatorial practice and academic research.