No Justice, No Peace: From Ferguson to Toronto

ATTENTION: Please note that Facebook events cannot be set for longer than two weeks so please excuse the incorrect "February 16" end date. "No Justice, No Peace" closes on Sunday, February 26, 2017.


Ryerson Image Centre RIC and Black Artists' Networks Dialogue - BAND team up to present a season of shows entitled "Power to the People: Photography and Video of Repression and Black Protest". These exhibitions explore the historical and ongoing struggle for justice between people of colour and police forces representing the state.

Featuring the work of artists Zun Lee, Jalani Morgan and Nation Troy Cheong, "No Justice, No Peace: From Ferguson to Toronto" positions photography at the forefront during an era of heightened global protests against systemic violence by police. All are socially-conscious photographers whose images evoke the pan-geographic urgency with which their black subjects demand to be seen and heard. Co-curated by Julie Crooks and Reese de Guzman, this exhibition will be on view at BANDs pop-up gallery at the Gladstone Hotel from February 2 to 26, 2017.

Opening Party:

Thursday, February 2, 7-9pm

Gallery Hours:

2nd Floor Gallery at Gladstone Hotel

12-5pm daily


Artist Talk with Zun Lee, Jalani Morgan and Nation Cheong:

Ballroom at Gladstone Hotel

Sunday, February 12, 12-1:30pm


Sponsored by TD Bank


Also on view at the Ryerson Image Centre:

In 1971, amid great political unrest in the United States, including repression of the Black Panther Party and mass opposition to the Vietnam War, 2200 inmates at the Attica Correctional Facility rebelled in demand of civil rights and better living conditions. Following failed negotiations, New York state police violently regained control of the prison, resulting in the deaths of 42 detainees and correctional officers. From the revolts outset, the inmates gave selected observers and journalists unusual access to film and photograph the prison and uprising. "Attica USA 1971" presents these still and moving images, offering extraordinary insight into the American incarceration system and the countrys fraught politics of race and power. This exhibition is curated by Philippe Artires with Le Point du Jour, centre d'art/diteur Cherbourg, France, and generously supported by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York.

Curated by Galle Morel, "Birmingham, Alabama, 1963" explores this famous flashpoint in American history. Portraits by American photographer Dawoud Bey commemorate the six young victims of the notorious Ku Klux Klan bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Alongside this artistic act of remembrance, a selection from the RICs Black Star Collection of photojournalism provides historical context for the bombing, recounting the political and social turmoil that placed this U.S. city, and the burgeoning American Civil Rights Movement, in the international media spotlight during the months leading up to the explosion.

On the RICs Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, Adam Pendletons My Education, A Portrait of David Hilliard takes viewers to the site of a fatal 1968 gun battle between Black Panther Party activists and the police of Oakland, California. The video draws on eyewitness accounts to raise questions about an event that continues to reverberate deeply today. This exhibition is guest curated by Andra Picard and presented in conjunction with community partner, TIFF.


"Power to the People: Photography and Video of Repression and Black Protest" is co-presented by RIC and BAND with generous support from media sponsors, The Toronto Star and CBC Toronto.

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