Converging Passages is a visual art exhibit of history, migration and the experience of two artists who are part of the African and diaspora that features work by Akin King members Curtia Wright and David Chinyama. Their work for this exhibition is centre around different time frames of colonization and each personal story shapes a passage that redefines profounds aspects of their identities, beliefs and relevance towards their cultural traditions and takes them on a journey of self searching.
Join 918 Bathurst and Muse Arts as they celebrate the immense contributions of Black Canadian artists to Toronto ’s cultural and artistic scene beginning with the opening of Converging Passages on January 31st 2019. Black History Month is a time to learn more about these Canadian stories and the many other important contributions of Black Canadians to the settlement, growth and development of Canada, and about the diversity of Black communities in Canada and their importance to the history of this country.
Date: January 31st to February 15th 2019
Opening: January 31st 2019, 7-9PM
Artist Talk: February 13th 2019, 7-9PM
Location: 918 Bathurst, Toronto
Curtia Wright was born in Scarborough, Ontario. Her art practice revolves around the idea that the human body is in constant collaboration with its surroundings; often in ways that exceed the boundaries of physical reality. She creates images that exist on both analog and digital planes through their production and execution; “I believe these alternating layers of production reference the discourse between the human body and environment.” She’s interested in the way societies perceptions of bodies, specifically black bodies, have the ability to form and deform them while changing their narratives without consent.
David Chinyama is an award-winning Zimbabwean born multi-disciplinary Artist based in Toronto, Canada, whose work is inspired by form, movement and color. His work explores subject matters often centered upon aspects of identity, political, socio-economic and religious connotations.
As storyteller, his love for the arts dates back from his childhood days in Zimbabwe, the period in which he discovered his artistic interest to create stuff. Old Illustrated picture books and comic strips, often borrowed from friends at school would fascinate and inspire him to create his own artworks using old scrap cardboard paper, wood charcoal and self-made natural pigments as medium.