Samah Ali & Aleia Robinson-Ada, Elizabeth Farinango, Mashal Khan, Soko Negash, Aniqa Rahman, Shazlin Rahman
Opening Reception: October 23, 5-7pm
In digital spaces and beyond, women of colour are taking charge of creating new representations and documenting personal histories that resonate across diasporic experiences. Unbound: Stories from Behind the Dust showcases the changing ways these narratives are revealed from the lenses of women of colour. This project provides a meaningful take on how racialized people are portrayed in our culture. What does it mean to visualize lived experiences? How are we learning from the past and creating for the future?
On an institutional level, the lack of representation from Black, Indigenous, and people of colour feeds into narratives about "communities in crisis." The worst forms of oppression, criminalization, and hyper-surveillance of Black and Brown bodies manifest in the ways that media represents and interprets entire groups of people -- deeming them invisible and voiceless in the process.
In response to this manufactured erasure, we see an abundance of expression documenting a multiplicity of experiences across many communities. We also see women of colour taking the lead in creating groundbreaking art and storytelling that defies conventions. The Behind the Dust series follows in the footsteps of Black, Indigenous, women of colour arts and media collectives that have lifted up communities and upended stereotypical perspectives. Similarly, Behind the Dust is a portal into a world that is curated and created by women of colour, showing us the possibilities of imagining realities beyond labels and inflammatory and one-dimensional portrayals.
Over the last 11 months, seven media-makers produced in-depth visual stories that show the complexity of female labour, love, archiving, memory and representation about their community and beyond. These stories make us think about power, beauty, home, place-making and how movement translates across generations. They complicate ideas about love and motherhood, they interrogate the role of women's labour in keeping culture alive, and they look at the role of memory and traditions of healing. These artworks offer a full recognition of what has came before; the messy, layered present; and a future that is still in the making.
- Sana A. Malik, Founder and Director of This is Worldtown
Mississauga Civic Centre, Great Hall
300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1
Eat fresh and shop local this summer at the Square. Choose from homemade preserves, baked goods, honey, locally produced wine and the finest selection of Ontario fruits and vegetables anywhere in the city.
Kids Halloween Trick-or-Treat is extra sweet at Celebration Square. With candy galore and giant games, there's heaps of fun for all the little goblins and ghouls.
Experience Benares Historic House at its spookiest. Discover the hidden magical beasts of Benares. Get a chance to meet and greet real life reptiles. Bring your whole family and enjoy a game of Quidditch.
The Afronautic Research Lab invites participants to join the Afronauts' efforts to uncover local and hidden Mississauga histories. The Canadiana Reading Room at the Mississauga Central Library will be transformed into a site for the investigation of Canada's history of anti-blackness.