Exhibition highlights the history of Black culture on the Canadian landscape

Exhibition highlights the history of Black culture on the Canadian landscape

May 30, 2019 -- Halifax, NS -- Opening June 1, 2019, the newest exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art, highlights the deep-rooted history of Black Canadians and Black culture in Canada, where dominant narratives of Canadian History have reduced the Black Canadian experience to one of an everlasting immigrant or newcomer.

Developed by the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art features the work of eight contemporary Canadian artists who question historical narratives and challenge preconceived notions by exposing deep historical traces of Black presence in our country.

“Our vision of inclusivity includes providing spaces for artists and communities to share their stories,” said Nancy Noble, Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotia is home to one of the largest Black communities in Canada so it’s essential that we share perspectives such as these and ensure that they are added to the landscape of Canada’s past, present and future.”

The exhibition incorporates current and historical objects, images and ideas presented in different mediums to challenge the audience to rethink what they know about Black culture while expanding the Canadian story to include the impact Black Canadians have had on history.

Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art is an important exhibition that grapples with current and historical interpretations of Black culture and identity in this country,” said Josh Basseches, Director and CEO of the ROM. “The work represented in this exhibition not only encourages visitors to re-examine their idea of what Canada is, but offers a broader telling of the Canadian story through the Black Canadian experience.”

Artists whose work is included in the exhibition include award-winning Nova Scotia filmmaker, writer and artist Sylvia D. Hamilton, Sandra Brewster, Chantal Gibson, Bushra Junaid, Charmaine Lurch, Esmaa Mohamoud, Michèle Pearson Clarke, and Gordon Shadrach.

Artists will be onsite for a public talk and tour on June 1, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Information on other events and programs related to this exhibition can be found on our website at www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca.

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The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is Atlantic Canada's largest arts museum with locations in downtown Halifax and Yarmouth. It offers a range of bold exhibitions and engaging programming for all ages in an inclusive public gathering place connecting people with art to inspire new ways of thinking. www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca