Antlers rock! I want antlers!
I officially went on my first artist date. Saturday, April First – Perfect! That’s an easy anniversary date for me to remember.
At first, I had planned to visit the Bata Shoe Museum but it cost 14$ or something to enter. Then I got to thinking Hmmm … I’m supposed to go on a date with my artist self once a week, this shit could get expensive. I quickly scraped the shoe museum idea, looked for free things to do around the city, and came upon a great something.
Browsing the web I found Women of Courage Exhibition at the Scarborough Museum AND the museum has cabins from early settlers – Lucky me two for none; it was all free and informative. The Women of Courage artwork was placed throughout the cabins. You have to walk through a park to get to the museum and there were lots of naked trees – I took a few pics.
The Women of Courage Project celebrates, amplifies and centers the underrepresented voices of racialized immigrant women, a population traditionally “left out” of the conversation between established museums and their visitors … Engage with the multimedia exhibition either by contributing to the display or responding to the call-to-action confronting systemic racism.Toronto.ca – Festivals and Events
There was a video on loop where the women who completed work for the project were talking about their experiences in Canada and it made me cry. I had to ask for tissue. The lady left the box beside me 🙂 Thanks Lady! The video was sad but beautiful. I don’t generally talk about my experiences with racism and microaggression because it’s painful and a part of me feels like if I don’t talk about it then it didn’t happen or if I talk about it, it will hurt more so why bother. But I need to find a way, my way, to express those anti-Black experiences.
My next artist date will be … you have to wait and see 🙂
Do you ever wonder if there are people who collect and talk about experiences with loved ones who’ve passed away? I see so many shows are about hauntings and bad shit – I’m gonna look and if I find, I will tell you about it
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