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Of Ourselves | Panel Discussion

February 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Panel Discussion // Friday, February 9th// 6-9pm

Join us for a discussion around strategies employed by people of colour in navigating the contemporary art world. Panelists include artist and social activist, Syrus Marcus Ware; photo editor and emerging curator, Liz Ikiriko; and urban planner and co-founder of Ciinema, Craig Cal. Moderated by Isolde Brielmaier – independent curator and scholar, and Assistant Professor of Critical Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


The gallery hours will be extended (9-6pm) in order to check out the exhibition, Of Ourselves, before joining us at the panel discussion.

The Gladstone Hotel also has a wonderful Cafe and Melody Bar where you can grab a bite before or after the event. There will be $19 Pork Belly Ramen Special in the Cafe on Friday!


International curator and scholar Isolde Brielmaier is Assistant Professor of Critical Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and also oversees public arts and cultural programming at Westfield World Trade Center in New York City. Brielmaier holds a PhD from Columbia University and is a noted art historian who has written extensively on contemporary art and culture with a global focus on artists of color. She has published numerous exhibition catalogue essays, academic texts, and critical reviews. Brielmaier also serves as Curator at Large at the Tang Museum.

Craig Cal is a professional urban planner, helping to design cities for a variety of public, private and non-profit clients. He is also the co-founder of Ciinema, a screening series where a different artist or entrepreneur curates an evening of video clips meant to spark, inspire,and provoke.

Liz Ikiriko is an independent curator and photo editor. She has worked on national publications including The Ethnic Aisle, Toronto Life, Macleans and Canadian Business. As a curator she has organized exhibitions with BAND Gallery, Wedge Curatorial Projects, Sheridan College and the National Music Centre. She is a judge for the Flash Forward International Annual and the CAP Prize for Contemporary African Photography; and is currently an MFA candidate in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University in Toronto.

Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier Scholar, visual artist, activist, curator, and educator. He uses painting, installation, and performance to explore various social justice frameworks and black activist culture. Ware is a member of the Performance Disability Art (PDA) Collective, as well as the Black Triangle Arts Collective (BTAC), a visual arts collective dedicated to exploring disability, racial, and economic justice. He is a core member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto, and is currently pursuing a PhD at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies.

Of Ourselves (curated by Emilie Croning & Hannah Traore) is a continued focus on emerging African Canadian artists at Wedge Curatorial Projects. Toronto-based photographers Nathalia Allen, Yannick Anton, Curtiss Randolph and Neva Wireko explore the complexities of the Black experience and identity, referencing African-American writer and activist W.E.B. DuBois’ concept of ‘double consciousness’; a notion that explores the idea that people of colour have two identities – one that they feel is true to themselves, and one that the judgement of the outside world has imposed upon them. Struggling to consolidate these two identities can often cause a skewed self-image. Of Ourselves aims to illuminate how young Black artists see their own community. They have captured joy, energy and introspective representation, and each artist contributes to a space of conversation and insight. The exhibition aims to question existing stereotypes by presenting real narratives and real experience.

Presented with TD Bank Group and the Gladstone Hotel. A warm thank you to our sponsors.
Praise for Of Ourselves
NOW Magazine

The panel discussion will be free admission. For more information


February 9, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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