Close-up of the torso, side profile, of a Black woman dressed in a colourful outfit containing ribbons

Curated by the Black Arts Centre, artists Nancy Ainomugisha and Olúwáṣọlá Kẹ́hìndé Olówó-Aké expand the conversation on how society interprets Blackness with storytelling, photography, and film.


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Surrey Art Gallery - 13750 88 Ave

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This exhibition builds on the theme of plurality of Blackness presented in the Concealed Cultures: Visualizing the Black Vernacular exhibition. Going beyond the theme of representation, Nancy Ainomugisha and Olúwáṣọlá Kẹ́hìndé Olówó-Aké use storytelling, photography, and film to expand the conversation on how society interprets Blackness. A thought-provoking dialogue emerges from the personal narratives of these two artists that highlights the multifaceted nature of the Black female and femme experience.

Celebrate this exhibit at our opening reception on September 17 where some of the artists will be in conversation with the exhibition curators.

About the Black Arts Centre

Located in the heart of Surrey, directly beneath Surrey Central Station, the Black Arts Centre exists to support and celebrate Black art and artists across a variety of disciplines at a local, national, and international scale, by hosting exhibitions, performances, events, workshops, and other diverse programming. The Black Arts Centre is a response to our community’s need for a Black-friendly art and gathering space that is culturally relevant and accessible. The Centre not only conceptualizes art in an everyday sense, but also aims to foster mutual, transformational relationships that connect our community to artistic and cultural Black experiences year-round.


Curators:  Arshi Chadha, Olumoroti (Moroti) Soji-George, and Vanessa Fajemisi from the Black Arts Centre
Origin of Exhibition: Surrey Art Gallery