New Perspectives on Black Women Artists In Canada Participating in the Arts For The Long Term

 
 
Presented at OCAD University’s GradEx 104, May 1-5, 2019. | 100 McCaul, George Reid Wing, Room 258.

Presented at OCAD University’s GradEx 104, May 1-5, 2019. | 100 McCaul, George Reid Wing, Room 258.

New Perspectives on Black Women Artists In Canada Participating in the Arts For The Long Term

Chiedza Pasipanodya

Criticism and Curatorial Practices - OCAD University | Thesis Advisors: Andrea Fatona, Francisco Fernando- Granados | April 2019

This project is situated as part of a larger conversation surrounding how Black women artists and arts workers (henceforth BWA) ensure their work lives on after them and how it is taught/ valued/ contributes to society? With this paper, Chiedza Pasipanodya hopes to remind BWAs to be critical of how they perceive themselves while being generous with their talents and to remain aware of the traps of being a Black artist. She proposes a new perspective to the existing issue of the unstable perception and value of BWAs in Canada. Pasipanodya's goal is to provide new insights to the already known issues of representation for marginalized artists to think about and to provide a reframing while we are in a moment, a place of much seeming forward momentum. Presently, BWA’s are in Canadian art (and Canadian Art); we are in the arts institutions, we are in the academies, we have recognition and increased visibility - and will it last?