"Faces In Between" A Visual Art Exhibition
LOCAL ARTISTS JOIN FORCES IN QUESTIONING MIXED-RACE IDENTITY IN THEIR SERIES, “FACES IN BETWEEN”.
A visual art exhibition of mixed-race portraiture through the mediums of photography and painting.
In Canada, although we have a policy of multiculturalism, people are generally not comfortable talking about race. Our work aims to highlight the experiences of mixed people. These are the people whose “race” is not clear and who are often faced with questions such as, “What are you?” or “What is your ethnic background?” These persistent questions clearly reflect our society’s discomfort with an inability to classify people by racialized norms.
February is the month that the founding artists of the 3MW Collective (Jordan Clarke, Ilene Sova, and Rema Tavares) have chosen for the show, in order to commemorate Black History Month. All three artists have Black-mixed heritage, as do the subjects of the work being displayed. "Blackness" is often presented as a flat, one-dimensional monolith, but this image could not be further from the truth. Over 400 years in the making, the Diaspora in Canada is diverse in so many ways: ethnically, linguistically, generationally, economically and, of particular interest in this show, phenotypically. We believe that our work will add depth to the understanding of Blackness in Canada.
Opening Reception: Friday February 1,2013 from 7-9pm