It’s been a busy start to the year for SUPAFRIK. We’re just about to wrap Chinedu Ukabam’s installation at Come Up To My Room, Style and Profile, and jump right into getting ready for Water Carry Me Go. None of our planning, plotting, and scheming would have been possible without our outstanding sponsors at Black Artists’ Network Dialogue (BAND) Gallery who have generously opened up their studio space for us. They’re dedicated to highlighting and supporting the work of Black artists and cultural workers in Toronto, and are, in a nutshell, pretty dope. Here’s an introduction:
What is the Band Gallery Mandate?
BAND Gallery and Cultural Centre is dedicated to developing emerging and mid-career professional artists and arts administrators by providing an accessible venue to showcase artists’ work and to present Black cultural community events and programs to the general public.
What is coming up in the space?
We have two main events coming up in the next few months.
The first is Black History Month Programming 2016 happening from February 11th to March 6th entitled “50 years of Creating Safe Spaces: From The Rent Party to Club Night.” This interactive exhibition will bring music, videos, photography and dance together to document safe spaces. This exhibition will include the photography of Ian Watson along with the archival promotional posters of Hot Steppers who bring us Bump and Hustle.
The second is the Scotiabank CONTACT Festival happening from April 28th to May 29th. In partnership with Autograph ABP,BAND presents the first solo exhibition in Canada by the celebrated African photographer James Barnor, showcasing a wide selection of street and studio portraiture from the 1950s to the early 1970s. Through the medium of portraiture, Barnor’s photographs represent societies in transition: Ghana moving towards its independence from colonial rule and London becoming a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis during the ‘swinging’ sixties.
How can artists in the community get involved with BAND Gallery?
We have opportunities for people in the community to get involved at the gallery as volunteers. Volunteers are responsible for gallery maintenance and guest relations, with an emphasis on educating and exhibiting. If interested please send cover letter and resume to Paula Kennedy at email@example.com.
To the BAND team from SUPAFRIK: Thanks for all of your support!
Posted in Art, Event, Fashion, SUPAFRIK, Uncategorized, Water Carry Me Go
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*TORONTO* Because I Love You/A Quiet Desperation is a new project in development from the same company that brought you the hit site-specific play, Nightmare Dream. Because I Love You gives voice to the story of African mother’s encounter with the Western world, both in a historical context and in the modern reality of foreign adoption.
Set inside the St Lawrence Hall, Because I Love You is told through the style of myth, magic, and ritual and a unique blending of text, sound and movement. The piece is the second of ‘The Nightmare Dream Series’, a trilogy of experimental theatre projects exploring the African encounter with the ‘other’.
Exclusive workshop presentation
Today(25.02.14) at 7:30pm inside St Lawrence Hall
157 King St E, Toronto, ON
Tickets: $12 in advance $15 at the door
Presentation will be followed by a talk back and a reception
Bring your dancing shoes!
Please visit www.because-iloveyou.com for more information.
A co-production with Newface Entertainment.
The last of the behind the scenes series for Chinedesign’s Masquerade which took place in February. Thanks for making it a huge success! Full coverage of the show will be released this summer.
Posted in Art, Event, Fashion, Film, Masquerade
Tagged Anthony Delacruz, behind the scenes, Chinedesign, Chinedu, daniels spectrum, Fashion, kitchen, masquerade, TD then and now, Toronto, video
A behind the scenes taste of what’s cooking in the couture kitchen for Chinedesign’s Masquerade collection debuting at #MasqueradeTO February 15, 2013.
This video is the second in a series documenting the creative process leading up to the event. Stay tuned for more and visit chinedesign.com/masquerade for more information. Twitter/Instagram: #MasqueradeTO
Video by Anthony DelaCruz. Photographs by Simone Lynn.
February 8, 2013 in Afrotropolis, Art, Fashion, Film, Masquerade, Uncategorized
Tagged Anthony Delacruz, behind the scenes, Chinedesign, Chinedu, Fashion, kitchen, masquerade, TD then and now, Toronto, video
A behind the scenes look at a photo shoot with two working pieces from Chinedesign’s Masquerade collection debuting at #MasqueradeTO February 15, 2013. This video is the first in a series documenting the creative process leading up to the event. Stay tuned for more and visit chinedesign.com/masquerade for more information. Twitter: #MasqueradeTO
January 30, 2013 in Art, Event, Fashion, Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged Anthony Delacruz, Chinedesign, Chinedu, Fashion, masquerade, TD then and now, video