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Meditations on Masculinities and Love

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A series of intimate guided discussions on topics surrounding masculinities, with artist Anthony Gebrehiwot.

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This program provides the space for racialized folks who identify as men and non-binary to explore topics surrounding masculinities, in a conversation guided by artist and community leader Anthony Gebrehiwot. The program looks to bell hooks’ text The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love and Gebrehiwot’s exhibition From Boys to Men: The Road to Healing as starting points to talk about masculinities as they relate to family, childhood, mental health, sexuality, and love. Meditations on Masculinities and Love hopes to offer an opportunity for participants to express themselves, share their lived experiences, and create a sense of community.

A continuation of a program offered earlier this year, Meditations on Masculinities and Love has been expanded into a six-month program, with conversations happening the first Wednesday of every month from April - September 2021. Participants are welcome to register for one session, all six sessions, or anything in between.

Each session will centre on a different topic, influenced by the previous conversation and the interest of participants.

April: inner child / May: parenthood / June: self-worth / July - September TBD

Registration will be limited, in order to create a sense of intimacy and a safe space for learning conversations to occur. After registering, participants will be provided with the Zoom link for the conversation.

This program will not be recorded.

About the artist

Anthony Gebrehiwot is a passionate photographer and community leader, whose creative lens re-visions photography as an ongoing dialogue of social change between subject and society. Gebrehiwot seeks to communicate without language in an intimate and vulnerable way. Through photography, he portrays the vocabulary of race, masculinity, history, perception, and vulnerability.


The Doris McCarthy Gallery provides an open space for the critical and civil exchange of ideas. By registering for this program you agree to help create an atmosphere of mutual inclusion and respect for all persons. This includes speaking, acting and behaving in a way that is absent of violence, harassment, racism, intimidation, bullying or discrimination of any kind regardless of, and not limited to gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, age and ability.


This program is presented in association with the exhibition Anthony Gebrehiwot: From Boys to Men: The Road to Healing, ongoing in the University of Toronto Scarborough Instructional Centre Vitrines.

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The Doris McCarthy Gallery is a professional public art gallery within the University of Toronto Scarborough that advances artistic innovation, critical thinking, and cultural exchange through engagement with contemporary art.

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