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Deanna Bowen: Race + Media +Archive


​Tuesday November 24 from 7:00-9:00pm
Eaton Lecture Hall (80 Gould St.), Room 204

From Ferguson to Toronto, Black lives have become targets – of violence, racism and misrepresentation. In this lecture/workshop, acclaimed Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist Deanna Bowen will present her recent work using archives to discuss representations of Blackness and narrative omissions in Canadian & US history. In particular, she will discuss recent media coverage/omissions about Black Lives Matter, as well as race-baiting strategies that unfolded in the Canadian election and the run-up to the US presidential election.

This event is part of the Means of Production Speakers’ Series at Ryerson University, a project of The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought. This event is co-sponsored by Black Lives Matter, a coalition of Black Torontonians working in solidarity with communities seeking justice from state-sanctioned violence. A representative of BLM will provide an update on their current activities. Admission is FREE.

Deanna Bowen is a descendant of the Alabama- and Kentucky-born Black Prairie pioneers of Amber Valley and Campsie, Alberta. She is an award winning interdisciplinary artist and recent recipient of the 2014 William H. Johnson Prize. Her work has been exhibited internationally in numerous film festivals and museums, including the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; the Images Festival, Toronto; Flux Projects, Atlanta; the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival; Oberhausen Film Festival; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax.

The Means of Production Speakers’ Series is a free event that encourages open dialogue and invites the public to look critically at the global mediascape and investigate power and privilege in society.

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