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Videos / November 20, 2019

In the Studio with Gloria Swain

“I try to create creative healing spaces. It’s like me saying to young Black women: it’s okay not to be okay.”

Gloria Swain is a multidisciplinary artist who focuses on disability arts and violence against Black women. She believes art can be healing and works to make visible mental health issues and intergenerational trauma. This fall, Swain held an exhibition of abstract paintings at Black Artist Network Dialogue (BAND). As an active member of the Toronto arts community, she has done residencies, exhibitions and performances at art spaces including Tangled Art + Disability, the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), The Theatre Centre, the Public Studio and Artscape Gibraltar Point. In this video, Gloria invites Canadian Art into her live/work studio and talks about storytelling, Black Canadian history, and what it means to be an elder.

Yaniya Lee

Yaniya Lee is a writer interested in collective practice and the ethics of aesthetics. She is a PhD student in Gender Studies at Queen's University.

Brittany Shepherd

Brittany Shepherd is an artist and videographer based in Toronto.