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In Position

Position as Desired explores the many stories of African Canadian immigrants.

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Dawit L. Petros, Sign, 2001, Digital print. © Dawit L. Petros and Dr. Kenneth Montague/The Wedge Collection.
  • Dawit L. Petros, Sign, 2001, Digital print. © Dawit L. Petros and Dr. Kenneth Montague/The Wedge Collection.

The story of African Canadian immigrants is beautifully shown in this exhibit which brings together well-known works and local pieces. The result is a visual history. Megan Morgan's "Re-Photograph" series displays her multi-cultural family while Dawit L. Petros' album of Eritrean immigrants shows diversity within the African Canadian community. Christina Leslie's "EveryTING Irie" series is an effective oral and visual history of Jamaican Canadians---each photograph describes a person's experience in Canada using the Jamaican potois language. Local, contemporary content adds texture. Archival photography of African Nova Scotians blends together to create a narrative. The 1909 petition from the residents of Africville sent to the municipal government gives insight on racism of the past. The Bob Brooks' portrait of Africville and Shyronn Smardon's sculptural dish capture the mood of the community. "We wanted to represent the larger experience of immigrants and their contribution to the Canadian identity," says Tanya Bouchard, chief curator of the exhibit. "This work broadens the story of where we're going."

To March 30, Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road

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