The two exhibitions currently presented at the Art Museum – Conceptions of White and THE COUNTER/SELF – explore nuanced perspectives on racialized identities. Working from specific cultural positions, artists Jeremy Bailey, Jennifer Chan, 2Fik, and Stacey Tyrell will explore the nuances of identity formation and perception, trajectories of research, and new outlooks that have resulted from their investigations.
This panel discussion invites artists from both projects to share their insights and discuss the articulation of racial constructs through their distinctive artistic approaches. Moderated by Lillian O’Brien Davis and Mona Filip.
This event is free, and all are welcome.
Jennifer Chan is a Canadian media artist, curator, and programmer based in Toronto, Ontario. She is known for work that addresses how gender and race manifest in the fields of digital and online art, using amateur aesthetics inspired by pop culture, YouTube mashups, and millennial experience.
2Fik is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist of Moroccan heritage, born in France and living in Montreal. He is the artistic director, photographer, model, and performer of his works in which he portrays an array of characters. Whether enacting reinterpretations of famous paintings or casual scenes, 2Fik appears in different incarnations, performing a range of characters in the same image. His artistic practice revolves around identity, gender, perception, and prejudice with a playful yet subversive approach. Experimenting with image and reality, 2Fik’s artworks invite an examination of the ways in which we consider and define the Other in our society. 2Fik’s concept of Self is informed by the multiple identities he had to develop in order to adapt within the three cultures he knows: French, Moroccan, and Quebecois. The latter became the basis of his work when realizing that continuous questioning about multiculturalism, immigration and French language was part of Quebec’s DNA. Since his beginnings in 2005, 2Fik has presented 12 solo exhibitions and 20 performances in United States, Canada, Great Britain, Croatia and Ireland.
Stacey Tyrell (b.1978) is a photo-based conceptual artist. She was born and raised in Toronto, Canada to parents of Nevisian heritage. She attended OCAD University where she majored in Photography. Her work explores the interplay of race, heritage, immigration, and identity as it pertains to the Caribbean Diaspora.
Her images have appeared in shows at the Power Plant, the Scottish National Gallery of Fine Art, The Red Line Museum Colorado, and the Royal Ontario Museum. Her work is part of the Royal Bank of Canada Fine Art Collection and is featured in publications including Canadian Art, Prefix Photo, The Focal Press Companion to the Constructed Image, Lens Culture, and See Me Here: A Survey of Contemporary Self-Portraits from the Caribbean.
Jeremy Bailey is a self-proclaimed “Famous New Media Artist”, podcaster, founder, and design leader. “Since the early noughties Bailey has plowed a compelling, and often hilarious, road through the various developments of digital communications technologies.” (Morgan Quaintance, Rhizome.) His work has been presented widely including solo and group exhibitions at Panke.Gallery in Berlin, Whitechapel Gallery in London, LIMA in Amsterdam and Museums Quartier in Vienna. Commissions include projects for The MCA Chicago, FACT in Liverpool, and The New Museum in New York. Since 2016, Bailey has recorded Goodpoint, an imperfect podcast collaboration with artist Rafael Rozendaal reflecting on a range of topics across art, design, technology, and business.