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Portable Stories - Alternative Forms of Learning - Aug 17

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Gardiner Museum

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Toronto, ON M5S 2C7

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This workshop will engage with Negarra Kudumu, who views education as a form of curation, and Timothy Yanick Hunter and Esmaa Mohamoud, members of Black Artists’ Union. They will discuss and engage with ideas of how to consider forms of learning that are wholly representative and unearth unknown histories into more formal education structures. This workshop, which will delve into an improvisation, will be led by August Fröhls.

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Negarra A. Kudumu, Curator of Education, Frye Art Museum, Seattle

Residing at the intersection of contemporary art, curation, and critical theory, Negarra A. Kudumu's practice is situated squarely within the domain of cultural production and consumption. She is ever investigating the ways in which these processes are visually and discursively interpreted, with a special interest in the emerging visual culture of the African continent, Iran, South Asia, and their respective diasporas.

Negarra received her BA from Dartmouth College and her MA from Leiden University. She is Manager of Public Programs at the Frye Art Museum.

Esmaa Mohamoud (b. 1992) is an African-Canadian sculptor/installation artist working in Toronto. Her sculptures and installations focus on the navigation of Black bodies in contemporary spaces. Engaged in the politics surrounding Black male bodies in particular, her recent body of work investigated the (in)tangibility of Blackness through the exploration of athletics—specifically, the sport of basketball. With the use of industrial materials, Mohamoud aims to re-examine our contemporary understanding of Blackness and challenge the relationship of blackness as a colour and shade, and Blackness as a societal or cultural construction of a group of people. Mohamoud graduated from Western University’s Bachelors of Art program in 2014. In 2016, Mohamoud graduated from the Interdisciplinary Arts, Media, and Design Masters Program at the Ontario College of Art and Design University.

Timothy Yanick Hunter (b.1990) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto, Canada. He is interested in visual arts as language and endeavors to communicate ideas and narratives through aesthetics. He uses his practice as a form of storytelling - his aim is to develop an expansive narrative across mediums; this is motivated by a visceral need to engage with the global community. Hunter graduated from the University of Toronto in 2015, specializing in Art History and English. His practice comprises of painting, collage, installation, and mixed-media works. He considers his approach as [Afro]-futurist, exploring and imagining the possibilities of post-human society.

http://esmaamohamoud.com/

http://www.suprfiscal.com/

Black Artists Union, Toronto

The BAU (Black Artist Union) assists in the movement and exhibition of artists and creators of the African diaspora. We aim to represent the ideas and work of contemporary black creators. As art being a language to connect with others, this is a platform to help develop skills for navigating and engaging in art spaces.

Black Artist Union Members:

Sylvia Limbana, Aaron Jones, Sydné Barnes, Destiny Grimm, Phillip Saunders, Flimon Yohannes, Ekow Stone Curtia Wright, Oreka James, Timothy Yanick Hunter, Jega Delisca

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