Once every session, Humber youth participants are invited to The Power Plant for a tour of the current exhibition. Last week, the youth had the opportunity to witness the works of three contemporary artists. Read more for their thoughts on the exhibits and descriptions of the artists and their work.
“Anxious Audience stood out to me the most! Seemed the most real; the way it was made … definitely resonated to me as a black youth.”Shanniah
Rashid Johnson – Anxious Audience
Johnson is an influential contemporary American artist whose work employs a wide range of media to explore themes of art history, individual and shared cultural identities, personal narratives, literature, philosophy, materiality, and critical history.
“My favourite part was the three piece Popeyes meal! But in all honesty [Vincent’s] exhibition where they were making musing using the objects around them like water bottles, beads and drums – and him performing spoken word was fascinating!”-Kaleb
Vincent Meessen – Blues Klair
Meessen lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. He represented Belgium at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). Solo exhibitions include Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse (2018); Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris (2018); BOZAR, Brussels (2017); Kunsthalle Basel (2015); KIOSK, Ghent (2013) and MUAC, Mexico City (2013–14).
“I liked learning about each individual artist. About what inspired them to make that particular piece!”Daquane
Hajra Waheed – Hold Everything Dear
Waheed lives and works in Montréal. Her works can be found in permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; British Museum, London; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris; Burger Collection, Zurich/Hong Kong; Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi; and the Art Institute of Chicago. She was shortlisted for the 2016 Sobey Art Award and received the 2014 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement as a Canadian mid-career visual artist.
“I learned that drawing one line can be worth thousands of dollars, simple art can be worth so much; it’s not about how you draw it’s how you express it.”– Marvin