Always Moving Forward

Mohamed Bourouissa, ’Le Téléphone' from the series Périphéries, 109 x 95.5 cm digital print, 2006

Guy Tillim, Apartment Building, Avenue Bagamoyo, Beira, Mozambique, 91.5 x 131.5 cm, archival pigment ink on cotton rag paper, 2008

Zwelethu Mthethwa, Untitled, 96.5 x 129.5 cm chromogenic print, 2000

Always Moving Forward, Installation view at Gallery 44

Always Moving Forward, Installation view at Gallery 44

Always Moving Forward

Saturday, May 1, 2010 to Saturday, May 29, 2010
Opening Reception:
May 1,
2:00PM to 5:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

Contemporary African Photography from the Wedge Collection

Always Moving Forward features contemporary photo-based work by a diverse range of young African-born artists in Toronto’s Wedge Collection. Curated by Ken Montague, this exhibition highlights a generation of global artists exploring different dimensions of the African imaginary and African spaces. Living and working across Africa, North America and Europe, their work points to the reality of African diasporic identities as being fluid, constantly in flux. 

These are artists who have turned to lens-based practices to open up a kind of critical “third space” countering the history of Western media as a purveyor of “Afro-pessimism.” Their internationally acclaimed work also reflects the current shift away from the commercial studio portraiture that predominated in Africa in previous decades, to reveal an emphasis on conceptual art, documentary, and fashion and street photography.  The exhibition provides a glimpse at how emerging technologies, transitioning landscapes, rampant globalization and forces of capitalism including the influence of advertising and new media is rapidly changing the continent and its people. ~ Pamela Edmonds.

Watch Kenneth Montague's Curator Talk here:

Always Moving Forward Curators Talk by Kenneth Montague - May 29, 2010

Curator: 

Kenneth Montague is an art collector and curator based in Toronto, Canada. Founder and director of Wedge Curatorial Projects, he began  ollecting and exhibiting photo-based work that explored black identity and the African diaspora over ten years ago. The Wedge Collection has grown to encompass both historical and contemporary photography, as well as non-photo based works that challenge notions of representation and identity. www.wedgegallery.com

Writer: 

Pamela Edmonds is a visual and media arts curator originally from Montreal, Quebec. She received her BFA and an MA in Art History from Concordia University. The former co-editor of KOLA, a Black literary magazine based in Montreal, she is interested in developing and curating projects that focus on the creative production of African diaspora artists, and in work that deals with contemporary issues surrounding the ideologies of race, gender, cultural identity and representation. Edmonds is the former Program Coordinator of A Space Gallery, Toronto, and currently works as curator at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, Ontario.