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Tau Lewis, Unity (Negros Historical Information Systems in Every Dark Corner) (detail), 2018, mixed media. Collection of Murray Quinn.
Thursday 13 September, 2–5 pm and Thursday 15 November, 6–9 pm

Thursday 13 September, 2–5 pm
Stirling Hall B, 64 Bader Lane
Accessibility entrance at Stirling Hall parking lot, enter through Stuart Street.
Speakers: Yaniya Lee, Charmaine Lurch and Tau Lewis

Thursday 15 November, 6–9 pm
Agnes Atrium
Speakers: Mark Campbell and Dina Georgis

Join us for two star-studded panel discussions in collaboration with the Department of Gender Studies, featuring esteemed artists, scholars and writers. These events centre the importance of Black Canadian art and illuminate how engaging with this work, from any (racial) location, opens important conversations about reframing and undoing misrepresentations.

This event is free and open to the public.


2–2:30 Reception in the Stirling Hall lobby (refreshments provided)
2:30–2:40 Introduction by Sunny Kerr, Curator of Contemporary Art
2:40–2:55 Introduction of Talk and Panelists by Katherine McKittrick, Professor in Gender Studies
3–3:20 Yaniya Lee
3:20–3:40 Charmaine Lurch
3:40–4 Tau Lewis
4–4:15 Break

4:15–5 Facilitated Discussion


yaniya lee

Yaniya Lee is a Toronto-based writer, editor and scholar. Her writing has appeared in Flash, FADER, Canadian Art, C, Motherboard and Magenta. She is a founding collective member of MICE Magazine, a member the We Curate, We Critique collective, and a member of the EMILIA-AMALIA working group. She currently works as associate editor at Canadian Art magazine and teaches art criticism at the University of Toronto. For more information, visit


Charmaine Lurch

Charmaine Lurch melds sculptural and painterly elements to reshape understandings of race and representation, challenging preconceived notions of blackness. Her visual conversations in wire, and metal fabrications, map visibilities, and things lost and found. This art-making, draws relationships between space and place and practices of belonging. Recently, her work has been shown at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the McLaren Art Centre in Barrie.



Tau Lewis

Tau Lewis  is a Jamaican-Canadian artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. Recent and forthcoming solo exhibitions include: Frieze New York, Atlanta Contemporary, Jeffrey Stark, NY and Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Recent and forthcoming group exhibitions include: MoMa PS1, New York, Chapter Gallery, New York, COOPER COLE, Toronto, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, New Museum, New York. For more information, visit




Katherine McKittrick

Katherine McKittrick is an Associate Professor of Gender Studies. She teaches and researches in the fields of Black Studies, anti-colonial studies, studies of race, cultural geographies and gender studies. Her research is interdisciplinary and attends to the links between theories of liberation, black studies, and the arts.