Anique Jordan, Detail from  94 Chestnut at the Crossroads , 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Dr Kenneth Montague | The Wedge Collection

Anique Jordan, Detail from 94 Chestnut at the Crossroads, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Dr Kenneth Montague | The Wedge Collection

POSITION AS DESIRED: EXPLORING AFRICAN CANADIAN IDENTITY | PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE WEDGE COLLECTION
CURATED BY KENNETH MONTAGUE


February 11  May 7, 2017
Art Gallery of Windsor


Opening & Launch Party Friday, February 10, 7  10pm
Music by DJ Nino of Yes Yes Y’All (Toronto)

Panel Discussion – Position as Desired: Artists in Conversation Saturday, February 11, 2 – 4 pm
This panel will bring together four artists – Anique J. Jordan, Jalani Morgan, Sandra Brewster and Kara Springer – to discuss their work in the exhibition Position as Desired. Moderated by curator Kenneth Montague, this conversation will explore the ways in which the artists consider the history, movement and experiences of African Canadians through contemporary photography.

Artist Talk & Curator’s Tour Saturday, April 29, 12:30  4pm
Meet In The Black Canada, the artist trio behind the specially commissioned video work The Windsor Project, followed by an exhibition tour with curator Kenneth Montague


Including works by Yannick Anton, Buseje Bailey, Jon Blak, Deanna Bowen, Sandra Brewster, Michael Chambers, Erika Defreitas, Pete Doherty, Stan Douglas, Stella Fakiyesi, Fred Herzog, Anique Jordan, Christina Leslie, Jalani Morgan, Megan Morgan, Zanele Muholi, Dawit L. Petros, Kara Springer, Stacey Tyrell, David Zapparoli and In The Black Canada Collective (Nina Aning, Donna Paris and Sonia Godding Togobo)


Position As Desired: Exploring African Canadian Identity | Photographs from the Wedge Collection is the first major exhibition to examine the history, movement and experiences of African Canadians through contemporary photography. This touring exhibition was co-organized with the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto) where it first opened in 2010, before travelling to The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (Halifax) in 2013. Conceived and organized by Windsor-born art collector Kenneth Montague, the exhibition presents a wide variety of photographic works from his personal archive – the Wedge Collection – ranging from rare vintage portraits of the first African immigrants to Canada to contemporary works by established artists. Through works by emerging artists as well as a commissioned video work by the collective In the Black Canada – a video based on a series of interviews with members of Windsor’s Black community – the exhibition attempts to instigate a conversation about the experiences of African Canadians within the context of Canada’s 150th anniversary. For more information visit the Art Gallery of Windsor’s exhibition website.

“From the early days of my collecting, I recognized the importance of creating a space for emerging Canadian photographers. In partnering with the ROM, while there are many other stories to be told beyond those selected for this exhibition, I hope that this small, subjective showing of works will further promote discussion about how we all feel about our own Canadian experience.”

– Kenneth Montague

Dawit Petros,  Sign , 2010. Digital print

Dawit Petros, Sign, 2010. Digital print

Position as Desired was originally presented at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto OCTOBER 2, 2010 - MARCH 5, 2011

Aassociated programming included a musical performance – Listen As Desired: A Premiere Performance by the Andrew Craig Trio & Conversation with Kenneth Montague – a film night – Witness As Desired : A Celebration of African Canadian Film – and a full-day symposium – Position As Desired: A Symposium on Artistic Practice and African Diasporic Communities in Canada. Events were supported by the TD Bank Group, the Royal Ontario Museum, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.