Timothy Yanick Hunter, Before Leaving Everything, video, 2020

Basic Instructions Before Leaving Everything

Timothy Yanick Hunter
Exhibition runs March 20 2020 - April 22 2020
Opening: March 20 2020: 7:00 PM
Reception: March 20 2020: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Curated by: Sarah-Tai Black

The exhibition is postponed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. We understand that these are stressful times and we wish our community all the best. Basic Instructions Before Leaving Everything is postponed for the fall.

Loosely inspired by the paintings of Malagatana Ngwenya, the political and artistic articulations of the Medu Art Ensemble, and the life and work of Maurice Bishop, multidisciplinary artist Timothy Yanick Hunter’s first solo show is a speculative exhibit that considers dialogues surrounding the integration of the mind and consciousness with that of artificial intelligence and historically fixed technological processes. Hunter’s work explores the effects of these non-neutral relationships and intersections on Black and Afro-diasporic experience as well as concurrent strategies of decolonization.

Timothy Yanick Hunter is a multidisciplinary artist and curator from Toronto, Ontario. Graduating from the University of Toronto in 2015 with a degree in Art History and English, his practice explores varying concepts surrounding digital security, identity (both digital and lived), as well as narratives of hierarchical power structures and how these ideas intersect with notions of Blackness and the greater African diaspora. His approach alternates between exploratory and didactic. At times Hunter defines his process as experiments in visual language, where the mediums represent a range of languages and individual works express different stories. His work ranges from painting, sculpture, video, performance and installation.
Sarah-Tai Black is an arts curator, film programmer, and writer from Toronto, Ontario. Her work largely focuses on the affective and functional capacities of Black life in screen images and visual media. Sarah-Tai has previously worked at Images Festival and Art Museum at University of Toronto, as well as spoken about Blackness and moving image arts at the National Gallery of Canada. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2015 with a degree in Art History and Cinema Studies.


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