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While Black

While Black: a forum for speculation on what the gallery can’t hold

At Or Gallery: June 11 – August 14, 2021
236 Pender Street East, Vancouver
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, noon – 5 pm

Organized by Charles Campbell, Michelle Jacques and Denise Ryner
In consultation with Pamela Edmonds, Alyssa Fearon, Dominique Fontaine, Sally Frater, Bushra Junaid, Crystal Mowry, Allison Yearwood

A co-presentation with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown.

Artists: Lucie Chan (Vancouver, BC), Karma Clarke-Davis (Toronto, ON/Berlin, Germany), Kemi Craig (Victoria, BC), Spatial Esk (Toronto, ON), Stanley Février (Montréal, QC), Iyunade Judah (Winnipeg, MB), Anna Jane McIntyre (Montreal, QC), Chukwudubem Ukaigwe (Winnipeg, MB), Jan Wade (Vancouver, BC), Valérie D. Walker (Vancouver, BC).

Each of the ten artists in this iteration of While Black: a forum for speculation on what the gallery can’t hold has been asked to produce a document of their relationship to the art gallery and its systems of representation as Black artists working in Canada, including consideration of the project query ‘what the gallery can’t hold?’ Through multimodal and multimedia responses, these ten artists have offered questions, imperatives, proposals and insight into their own experiences within contemporary art institutions.

This is the first event in a series of planned forums and public presentations organized by curators based across this country, in conversation with artists, to consider both the limits and possibilities of the relationship between contemporary art spaces and Black art, arts workers and audiences.

Since While Black is intended to initiate conversation and exchange between artists, curators and audiences, the space to talk, respond and introduce new questions and ideas into the project are provided within the presentation space.

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Image Credits (L – R): Spatial Esk, Afro Space, digital print (no year given) (detail) # 1-3.