Timothy Yanick Hunter, Untitled (Shimmering), 2022. Dye sublimation fabric SEG print in Non lit 17mm SEG Frame T.Hunter0016 55" X 46" X .5"139.7cm X 116.84cm X 1.27cm
For the last month, a new group exhibition at Toronto’s Cooper Cole Gallery has explored and questioned the subjectivity of historical narratives. New Document features an interdisciplinary collection of works from contemporary artists Moyra Davey, Nikita Gale, Laurie Kang, Paul Mpagi Sepuya and – an AGO Artist-in-Residence alumnus – Timothy Yanick Hunter.
New Document brings together conceptual photographic, sculptural and sound-based works that reflect on subjectivity, rethinking how it has been archived and categorized over time. In their respective practices, the artists question the linear nature of historical narratives, critically asking who is speaking, who is listening, and whose voices are being heard.
New works by Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist and curator Timothy Yanick Hunter take into account both digital and physical approaches to image-making, using forms of looping, rhythm and repetition. With the photo-based works Untitled (Shimmering) and Untitled (Taste), he poses questions about the familiar, and challenges viewers to imagine futures beyond our context.
Hunter’s practice employs strategies of bricolage to examine Black and Afro-diasporic experiences and methods of decolonization. His work is primarily focused on the political, cultural and social richness of the Black Diaspora, and often delves into speculative narratives and the intersections of physical space, digital space and the intangible.
Hunter’s work made during his AGO residency extends his long-form project True and Functional – a time-based, multi-site artwork exploring ideas around Pan-African thought and Black cultural output. It combines elements of sound, music, text, image and video. Hunter uses this work to examine practices of sampling and re-interpretation – what he feels are integral art practices developed throughout the contemporary African Diaspora.
Additionally, Hunter’s True and Functional was recently exhibited at the 2022 Toronto Biennial of Art in Mississauga’s Small Arms Inspection Building. This installation featured multiple television monitors placed on the floor, continuously looping a five-minute video.
This week is your last chance to see New Document featuring the work of Timothy Yanick Hunter, on view at Copper Cole Gallery in Toronto until July 30.