Black History Month 2020 – The Heart of Africa: Retracing our History | Gallery Exhibit


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ART EXHIBITION: The Heart of Africa: Retracing our History

Adeyemi Adegbesan | Ekow Nimako | Miss Coco & Coco Collective

Newmarket Old Town Hall | 460 Botsford Street| Serpa & Community Galleries

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In honour of Black History Month, we are proud to present a powerful multi media exhibition in the Serpa and Community Galleries of Old Town Hall. The artists address themes of pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial history, identity, culture, intersectionality and activism from the perspectives of contemporary African Canadians. The array of narratives are boldly expressed in portraits and other forms. The works reflect an afro futurist aesthetic while incorporating elements of symbolism and ancestry through photography, sculpture and dance.


Adeyemi Adegbesan is a Toronto based photographic artist whose practice aims to examine the intersectionality of Black identity. Reflecting on Blackness through pre-colonial – colonial – present day and future timelines, across regions, religions, varying levels of income, and political lines; Adegbesan interrogates the dichotomy of the richness of Black experiences with the imposed societal homogeneity of ‘Blackness’. Through his work Adegbesan pulls from these varying elements to create Afro-futuristic portraits that embody history, future, and culture all in one.

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Ekow Nimako has been making art with LEGO® his entire life. This Toronto based artist has successfully carved out a niche for himself building sculptures out of black LEGO®. It began when he was four and later took root in the sculpture studios of York University, evolving over the years into a fascinating contemporary art practice unlike any other. Along with his uniquely fluid building style, keen attention to form, and content deeply rooted in other-worldly Black narratives, Nimako’s artwork beautifully transcends the iconic LEGO® bricks to reach new heights of materiality and substance.

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Coco Collective is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary group of intergenerational artists who specialize in African and Caribbean arts. Coco Collective socially responds to serve priority groups, specifically addressing a lack of culturally relevant programming in specific neighbourhoods and regions. This group consists of professional artists of colour who teach diverse, artistic practices.

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