Osgoode’s 2018-19 Artist in Residence Anique Jordan (left) and FILM Fellows Allie Caldwell (centre), Jalana Lewis (right)
Artist in Residence Anique Jordan is an acclaimed artist, writer, curator, organizer and city builder who has participated in residencies around the world, lectured extensively and exhibited in numerous galleries.
She was awarded the 2017 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, is currently completing a 2017-18 artist residency at the University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago) and is the executive director of Whippersnapper Gallery in Toronto. She has a specialized honours BA in international development as well as a master’s in environmental studies from York University.
Working for more than a decade at the crossroads of community economic development and art, Jordan’s work as an artist plays with the foundations of traditional Trinidadian carnival and the theory of hauntology – challenging historical narratives and creating what she calls “impossible images.” During her residency, she will use the story of Clara Ford – a black Toronto-born woman who stood trial for the murder in 1895 of a wealthy white man who had allegedly assaulted her – to develop a performance art work involving Osgoode students that will bring this buried legal history into “a futuristic imagining of emancipation, freedom and the complexities of black survival.”
“They are three very talented artists whose justice-themed projects will undoubtedly provoke thought and discussion,” said Condon in her announcement.