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41.8 x 12 inch (still from video work) matte inkjet paper mounted to sintra, unique
Toronto-based artist Syrus Marcus Ware imagines a world where racialized people have survived the “Black death spectacle” writ large on the nightly news; survived the catastrophic impact of the Anthropocene; and survived the crushing effects of white supremacy. Commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art and the Ryerson Image Centre, the artist draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism to transform the Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall (the original exhibition venue for the work) into a portal through which the next generation of racialized activists communicate with us, their ancestors, and offer us insights into the future.
Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture, and he’s shown widely in galleries and festivals across Canada. He is part of the Performance Disability Art Collective and a core-team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto. He has won several recognitions including the TD Diversity Award 2017, “Best Queer Activist” NOW Magazine 2005, and the Steinert and Ferreiro Award 2012. He is the co- editor of the best-selling Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada (URP, 2020).
SYRUS MARCUS WARE Ancestors, Can You Read Us?, 2019
All artwork can be picked-up at Gallery TPW from December 16 - 18, 2020. For shipping and delivery options please contact the gallery directly.