Ban’ yuh belly: Anique Jordan to Present First Solo Show at Zalucky Contemporary

May 4 - June 1 

Opening Reception: Saturday May 4, 3-6 PM 

Anique Jordan to present first solo show at Zalucky Contemporary, a featured exhibition for the 2019 CONTACT Photography Festival

  • Saturday, May 4th, 3 - 6PM Opening Reception 

Public talks co-presented with Mayworks Festival of Working People and the arts:

  • Thursday May 9, 7PM-9PM Hold: a conversation with activist Tina Garnett on the refusal of sense-making
  • Thursday May 23, 7PM-9PM Hold: a conversation with journalist Priya Ramanujam on media, youth and relationships that carry memory

Ban’ yuh belly is a series centering on the grief, anger and mental health of loved ones who are mourning those they have lost due to violence – systemic or otherwise. The works attempt to disturb the normalcy through which Black lives are violently taken and interrupted. Through a localized historical lens, Anique Jordan has created new work to contend with the survival strategies used to make sense of the senseless.

Employing a Trinidadian expression meaning to hold onto something, Jordan uses the phrase Ban’ yuh belly to visualize the ways we cope with violence. How do we make sense of this? What do we hold onto? Ban’ yuh bellyis in part inspired by Aereile Jackson, a Black woman interviewed in the film The Forgotten Space – A Film Essay Seeking to Understand the Contemporary Maritime World in Relation to the Symbolic Legacy of the Sea(2010) and discussed in scholar Christina Sharpe’s text In the Wake. In the film, Aereile Jackson is seen holding several dolls which she explains, she is holding onto because they are the only things that remind her of her children. She says, “don’t think I’m mentally ill or anything like that…I’ve lost a lot. I’m trying…I’m hurt”. 

Jordan’s practice works with the spaces between historical archive, speculative futures and what she sees every day. Her work sources pathways to understand how and where on our bodies our histories live. It is an obsession with what she calls, a haunting. Over the past four years, Jordan’s work has contended with these questions, trying make sense of the role it plays in our lives. It is a question she continues to ask of Black bodies, but more deliberately, of Black women and is the starting point to much of her work.

Let’s Talk About Sex, bb

Let’s Talk About Sex, bb

April 27, 2019 - December 2019

Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queens University

Season Launch Reception: Friday 3 May 2019

Anique Jordan’s “Darkie” to be featured at the Let’s Talk About Sex, bb exhibition co-curated by Erin Sutherland and Carina Magazzeni at  the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.

“We want to talk about how we learned to talk about sex. About how we talk to our parents, our grandparents, our children, our friends, our kin, our lovers, our partners, our therapists about sex.  About love, sensuality, cruising, futurisms, utopias and kinship, and all of their resurgent possibilities. We want to talk about all of these things with you.

This group exhibition features new works, collaborative installations, performances, workshops, poetry and film-based explorations that combine to create a narrative that expands the possibilities of sexual sociality. Curated by Carina Magazzeni and Erin Sutherland, Let’s Talk About Sex, bb  brings sex to the table to encourage open and raw conversations about our relationships to our own and each other’s bodies.”

Artists featured in this show include: G H Y Cheung, Thirza Cuthand, Dayna Danger, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Gesig Isaac, Anique Jordan, Kablusiak, Ness Lee, Dan Cardinal McCartney, Grace Rosario Perkins, Tiffany Shaw-Collinge and Arielle Twist.

more information here.

Black: Art, Identity & Liberation

“…an afternoon of engaging conversation and networking as we bring artists, funders, curators, creatives and sector practitioners together to explore how Black art, identity and liberation work converge - and the role we can all play in making that possible! The conversation will be facilitated by Rania El Mugammar who will be joined by Black artists, educators and practitioners including Anique J. Jordan, Ekow Nimako, Dainty Smith and Dori Tunstall (Dean of Design, OCAD/the first Black Dean of Design anywhere).”

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