Artist Talk: Jessica Karuhanga | Thursday 18 May
Jessica Karuhanga is a first-generation Canadian artist of British-Ugandan heritage whose work addresses issues of cultural politics of identity and Black diasporic concerns through lens-based technologies, writing, drawing and performances. Through her practice she explores individual and collective concerns of Black subjectivity and embodiment.
Karuhanga’s practice explores self-articulation, beauty, illness, isolation and grief through intuitive approaches to drawing and performative movement. Her projects materialize as solitary encounters that preserve an inherent magic or mystery of the sanctified objects and actions that she employs. Resisting expectations for total transparency, Karuhanga’s polyphonic work speaks more immediately to some communities than others and questions the limits of how cultural artifacts perform, and for whom.
Blue as the insides centers aspects of Black subjectivity and embodiment that is otherwise lost in translation between experience and encounter. Body, place and technology come together to hold traces of Karuhanga’s presence. Image and sound cohere a spiritual resilience that guides visitors as they peer into the private reveries of Black life.
Image courtesy of Jessica Karuhanga.
Artist Talks at KWAG are kindly supported by Momentum Developments and Sorbara Law.
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