In celebration of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, BAND presents paintings by Jamaican artist Milton Messam, in his first solo exhibition in Canada. Milton Messam is a Jamaican impressionist painter who has been capturing his surroundings for over 50 years. His talent, though great and recognized by many private collectors, has yet to be discovered on a grander scale. Milton Messam: Jamaica Vignettes is an opportunity for the Canadian public to uncover the beauty of the land and people of Jamaica as captured so vividly by Mr. Messam. More information on Milton Messam and how you can help can be found at www.gofundme.com/qdrs248k.
In partnership with Autograph ABP, BAND presents the first solo exhibition in Canada by the celebrated African photographer James Barnor, showcasing a wide selection of street and studio portraiture from the 1950s to the early 1970s. Through the medium of portraiture, Barnor's photographs represent societies in transition: Ghana moving towards its independence from colonial rule and London becoming a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis during the "swinging" sixties. Artist: James Barnor Curator: Renee Mussai
The Culture and Heritage Site Management students of Centennial College presented their inaugural graduate exhibition Home*. This exhibition explored the ideas of home and migration as they related to the social, political and economic circumstances we see around us today. Home* will focus on the GTHA with a connection to the global community and the current changes in our society.
Black communities have a long history of gathering together with music, food and drink. This exhibition will bring together video, music, photography, design and dance to document and celebrate "From the Living Room to Club Night": 50 Years of celebrating Safe Space. From 'rent' parties of the 60's and 70's, to the 'Twilight Zone' of the 80's; From two decades of 'Bump N' Hustle' events, to the live performances featured in 'Capturing Sound', this archival installation bridges music, space and communities. "From the Living Room to Club Night" depicts a culture continually adapting to the times.
Oluseye's provocative pieces combine an interest in Yoruba mythology and geometry to explore sexuality, spirituality and identity. His charcoal and acrylic paintings are informed by popular narratives, ideas of outsider cultures, and executed with an awareness of human-digitized tension, scarcity, and desirability.
Boloebi Charles Okah’s exhibition, “Defiance” is a tribute to the strength of women. He celebrates women as strong, fierce, confident, capable and ready to defy anyone or anything that hinders them. Okah uses vibrant arrangements of patterns, compositions, and colours from a variety of cultures to solidify his message. This pays homage not only to women today, but to a visual and cultural vitality that can only occur when united.
BAND partnered with chefs Bashir Munye of My Little Dumplings and Ikeila Wright of One Love Vegetarian, and Caribbean Corner to celebrate the communal exchange that is a core part of Caribbean culture. From July 24th to August 1st, the gallery was transformed into a Caribbean food market. Guests were invited to bring in a recipe. In exchange, they had the opportunity to take ingredients from the Caribbean Food Bank to create a classic meal.
Watchers, Seekers, Keepers: Images of Diaspora from Black Britain 2015 marks 50 years since Vanley Burke left Jamaica to join his parents in Birmingham. He celebrated this milestone with a major exhibition: Watchers, Seekers, Keepers: Images of Diaspora from Black Britain which took place at the BAND Gallery and Cultural Centre.
BAND’s 4th annual Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival exhibit featured the works of British artist Leah Gordon by Montreal curator Eunice Bélidor. The Kanaval series of black and white photographs showcased troupes of performers from the Jacmel Mardi Gras festivities, an incursion in the people’s preparation to the celebration.
The Gordon Parks exhibit was widely regarded by viewers as one of the preeminent exhibits of Scotiabank CONTACT 2014. The event attracted over 2,000 visitors including secondary schools, teachers and students, as well as, numerous professional and amateur photographers, art students and professors. The exhibition was rounded off with the return of BAND’s Cultural Dialogue series and Curatorial Talk with Paul Roth, Director of Ryerson Image Centre.
This exhibit marked the world premier of the work of artist Nation Cheong at the ROM and the Gladstone Hotel respectively. In this exhibition, Cheong's contemporary photography was juxtaposed with archival photos and film footage to capture and communicate the myriad of experiences that have been a part of the Carnival experience in Toronto from its roots in 1967 to today.