Speaking tonight on a panel at the AGO’s First Thursday event…about Basquiat, revolutionary art practice and our current moment!


Thrilled to be part of this conversation tonight! Check it out here! 7-10 pm. Panel discussion at 7:30 sharp!

You can follow the #AGO1st hashtag tonight to be part of the virtual conversation.

About the panel:

Jean-Michel Basquiat boldly and directly confronted issues of race, class, police brutality and social justice in his work. These issues are at the forefront of today’s cultural discourse and will be the focus of a panel discussion of Toronto-based young Black artists, artists, thinkers and cultural figures. The panelists will share their insights on the realities of anti-black racism, state-sanctioned violence and other issues, using Basquiat’s work and legacy as a jumping-off point. Presented in partnership with the Black Lives Matter Toronto Coalition, “It Could Have Been Me”: Perspectives on the Fight for Racial Justice and the Legacy of Jean-Michel Basquiat will be moderated by Kim Katrin Milan and will feature artist and educator Randell Adjei, social justice educator janaya (j) khan, Mustafa Ahmed (aka Mustafa the Poet) and artist/activist Syrus Marcus Ware. The panel will also feature introductory remarks by Alexandria Williams of the Black Lives Matter Toronto Coalition and Stephanie Smith, the AGO’s Chief Curator, and will run from 7:30 to 9 pm in the AGO’s Baillie Court.




Excited to be presenting some new drawings  as part of Border Cultures: Part Three (security, surveillance), January 31 – May 10, 2015 at the Art Gallery of Windsor! Ill be doing a performance of Activist Love Letters as well: Performance: Love Letters to Activists, Saturday, March 7, 2 pm – 4 pm, Art Gallery of Windsor

Also, Ill be speaking on a panel, “It Could Have Been Me”: Perspectives on the Fight for Racial Justice and the Legacy of Jean-Michel Basquiat as part of the upcoming AGO First Thursday event on February 5, 2015.

And… check out Sunday Scene, Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2:00PM – 4:00PM at The Power Plant

Stay tuned for further updates!

Presenting at IDEALaboratory & Eksperimenta! 2014 in Tallinn, Estonia


In October I went to Tallinn, Estonia to present at IDEALaboratory , a conference about art education that drew participants from across Europe. We also installed UGLY 2.0- Unified Geniuses Living Young at Eksperimenta! 2014- a youth art triennial in Estonia.  Ugly 2.0 is a collaborative project created by the AGO Youth Council, Mary Tremonte, Echo Railton, Alannah Dymond, Margaryta Golovchenko, and Peter Rahul.


Check out our photos from Tallinn!


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That’s So Gay: On The Edge


This spring, I am curating That’s So Gay: On the Edge at the Gladstone Hotel!

That’s So Gay launched 5 years ago as a flirty protest, re-claiming an insult in the face of homophobia. 5 years later, it is essential that we move the conversation of what it means to be LGBTTI2QQ artists beyond its most narrow understanding. Launched on the eve of World Pride 2014, this exhibition necessarily responds to the construction of a simplified “LGBT” community in Toronto, and opens up a space for a broader discussion.

That’s So Gay: On the Edge is a celebration of new projects created by LGBTTI2QQ artists about their experiences intersectionality. The show interrupts the idea of a singular queer community, and highlights the many ways that disability, gender, racialization, Indigeneity, class, immigration status and forms of marginalization interact with and impact on our experiences
of gender and sexuality. The exhibition firmly plants disability arts, critical race theory and anti-colonialism as central to our consideration of queer and trans culture.

Through photography, video, performance, installation projects and large-scale works on paper these 12 artists have playfully and cleverly reshaped the oversimplified dialogue and suggested
that we are edging closer to a new set of possibilities. Together, these ‘artists at the intersections’ beg the question, ‘What is the meaning of having a ‘queer & trans art show’ in 2014?’.

Participating Artists: Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, Daryl James Bucar, Graham Kennedy, Anna Jane McIntyre, Hazel Meyer, Abdi Osman, Alvis Parsley, Elizabeth Sweeney, Rebeka Tabobondung, Mary Tremonte, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Shimby Zegeye



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