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a love ethic by Wedge Curatorial Projects

Wedge Curatorial Projects is pleased to present a love ethic at the Gladstone Hotel between February 1 – 24, 2019.

a love ethic explores and celebrates contemporary ideas around Black love in all its forms, including love of community, family, partners, places and of oneself. The exhibition cites bell hooks’ model for a ‘love ethic’ – a love-based activism that seeks equality and progress through care, dialogue, and solidarity.

Through video and photography, seven local and International artists individually and collectively converse with hooks’ concept through their practices.

Jah Grey
Jamila Noritz Reyes
Jeremy Rodney-Hall
Jorian Charlton
Justin Aranha
Nadia Huggins
William Ukoh

Curated by Emilie Croning

All events below are free admission.

Opening Reception + Launch Party
Friday, February 1, 7pm onwards
Opening DJ set by Karim Olen Ash. 10pm launch party hosted by DJs Jordan Sowunmi and James Rathbone of Boosie Fade.

Artists Panel Discussion
Wednesday, February 6, 7–9pm
Participating artists from a love ethic discuss their work in a round table discussion. Moderated by exhibition curator Emilie Croning.

How to Love a Jamaican: A Conversation with the Author
Wednesday, February 13, 7–9pm
An engaging discussion about how we love, featuring Jamaican-born author Alexia Arthurs (her celebrated collection of short stories, How to Love a Jamaican, was published in 2018) in conversation with Toronto-based cultural commentator Sharine Taylor. Co-presented with BASHY Magazine.

Black Love Movie Night: Barry Jenkins’ Medicine for Melancholy
Wednesday, February 20, 7pm
**Art Gallery of Ontario, Jackman Hall**
Medicine for Melancholy is the powerful debut feature from Oscar award winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk). Film introduction by Wedge director, Kenneth Montague. Medicine for Melancholy chronicles the one-day romance of Micah (Wyatt Cenac) and Jo (Tracey Heggins), two black twenty-somethings who have a one-night stand and end up spending a full day and night together. Co-presented with Paradise Theatre. Free tickets available through Eventbrite.

Presented with the sponsorship of TD Bank Group and The Gladstone Hotel.