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Curatorial Tour: Liberation in Four Movements, with Ingrid Jones

A program of:
Liberation in Four Movements

Saturday, May 18
University of Toronto Art Centre

Please join curator Ingrid Jones on an exploration and discussion of the themes and artists presented in the exhibition featuring text, film, and installation works from artists Erika DeFreitas, Ja’Tovia Gary, Amir George, Donna James, Elsa James, Onyeka Igwe, and Michaëlle Sergile. Centring Black scholarship, artistry, and embodied practices, Liberation in Four Movements traverses non-linear paths, challenging the confines of traditional museum spaces. It invites spillage and contemplation as we navigate narratives of dehumanization, ultimately arriving at meditations on states of humanity and freedom. This journey flows through the provocative lens of Fred Moten’s query in “Blackness and Nothingness: Mysticism of the Flesh” of what it would mean for the enslaved to remain in the ship’s hold. Within Moten’s moment in the hold, this exhibition offers a hypothetical mix of shifting outcomes and potentialities yet to come, illuminating how to resist dehumanization through the power of action.

The event is free and all are welcome. 

About the Curator

Ingrid Jones is an independent curator, creative director, and multidisciplinary artist whose interdisciplinary practice interrogates marginalization and refusal, including the dismissal of Black scholarship, the institutional commodification of Black people, and the invisible labour of Black and Indigenous artists and cultural workers. Her exhibitions include Poor But Sexy: The Outtakes (2010), IDENTITY (2018), Wild Rose (2018), and Nostalgia Interrupted (2022). Ingrid has developed lectures and masterclasses for Sheridan College and Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly X) on best practices in photography and art direction and the relationality of art movements to political and sociological events. Her recognitions include The Reesa Greenberg Curatorial Studies Award for research excellence and a nomination in 2023 for Exhibition of the Year over 20K by GOG. Ingrid’s collaborative work and writing has appeared in Globe Style, Computer Arts Projects UKVice Berlin, Waddington’s, and Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education. 

Title and Page image: Ja’Tovia Gary, An Ecstatic Experience (still), 2015. Single-channel SD video, digitized 16mm film 6 minutes, looped, colour/black & white. Directed, edited, animated by Ja’Tovia Gary, dimensions variable. © Ja’Tovia Gary. Courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

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