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Esmaa Mohamoud, Untitled (No Fields), 2018, ink-jet print. Courtesy of Georgia Scherman Projects and the artist.
Esmaa Mohamoud, Untitled (No Fields), 2018, ink-jet print. Courtesy of Georgia Scherman Projects and the artist.
From May 12 to September 16, 2018

Here We Are Here

Black Canadian Contemporary Art

This exhibition developed by the Royal Ontario Museum challenges preconceived notions of Blackness in Canada through the work of eight contemporary artists. In its presentation, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has added three Montreal artists. The artworks use current and historical objects, images and ideas to blur the longstanding perception that Black bodies belong on the edge of Canadian history. Though Canada is widely celebrated as a triumph of cultural diversity, dominant narratives have reduced the Black Canadian experience to one of an everlasting immigrant or newcomer. These artists question this by exposing deep historical traces of Black presence in our country. In presenting multiple voices and sensitivities, this exhibition disrupts simplistic and comforting narratives, while affirming the longstanding relevance of Black people to the fabric of Canada.

The exhibition is presented alongside From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present.

Gordon Shadrach, In Conversation, 2017, acrylic painting on cradled birch panel. Collection of the artist.

Gordon Shadrach,* In Conversation*, 2017, acrylic painting on cradled birch panel. Collection of the artist.

Esmaa Mohamoud, Untitled (No Fields), 2018, ink-jet print. Courtesy of Georgia Scherman Projects and the artist.

Esmaa Mohamoud, Untitled (No Fields), 2018, ink-jet print. Courtesy of Georgia Scherman Projects and the artist.

Shanna Strauss, Memory Keepers, 2017, photo transfer, acrylic, wood-burning and carving on recycled wood. Collection of the artist.

Shanna Strauss, Memory Keepers, 2017, photo transfer, acrylic, wood-burning and carving on recycled wood. Collection of the artist.

Credits and curatorial team

An exhibition developed by the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Toronto, and adapted by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the Montreal presentation. The curators are Dr. Julie Crooks, Assistant Curator, Art Gallery of Ontario, Dominique Fontaine, independent curator, and Dr. Silvia Forni, Curator of African Arts and Culture, ROM. Geneviève Goyer-Ouimette, Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Curator of Quebec and Canadian Contemporary Art (from 1945 to Today), MMFA, is the venue curator for the Montreal segment.

Acknowledgements

The exhibition is presented in Montreal thanks to the generous support of Stéphan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery. The Museum acknowledges the vital contribution of Air Canada, the Young Philanthropists’ Circle of the MMFA and its media partners: Bell, La Presse+ and the Montreal Gazette. The Museum extends its thanks to Quebec’s Ministère de la Culture et des Communications for its vital support, as well as to the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Canada Council for the Arts for their ongoing support. The Museum would also like to thank its Volunteer Guides for their essential contribution, as well as all its members and the many individuals, corporations and foundations – in particular the Fondation de la Chenelière, directed by Michel de la Chenelière, and Arte Musica, presided over by Pierre Bourgie – for their generosity. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all those who, through their generous assistance, encouragement and support, made this exhibition possible.

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Stéphan Crétier et Stéphany Maillery
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Air Canada
Gordon Shadrach, In Conversation, 2017, acrylic painting on cradled birch panel. Collection of the artist.

Gordon Shadrach,* In Conversation*, 2017, acrylic painting on cradled birch panel. Collection of the artist.

Esmaa Mohamoud, Untitled (No Fields), 2018, ink-jet print. Courtesy of Georgia Scherman Projects and the artist.

Esmaa Mohamoud, Untitled (No Fields), 2018, ink-jet print. Courtesy of Georgia Scherman Projects and the artist.

Shanna Strauss, Memory Keepers, 2017, photo transfer, acrylic, wood-burning and carving on recycled wood. Collection of the artist.

Shanna Strauss, Memory Keepers, 2017, photo transfer, acrylic, wood-burning and carving on recycled wood. Collection of the artist.

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