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Inner Space with Jemini Baptiste

Jemini Baptiste in a grey sweatshirt and pink short hair

Image courtesy of the Artist

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Inner Space with Jemini Baptiste

Wednesday August 31, 3 pm
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Inner Space, a new monthly web series co-curated by the Inner Space Youth Advisory and AGO staff, welcomes artists from across Canada as they present personal tours of their studios. Giving a platform to young curators aged 16-25 to work with artists from their communities, Inner Space aims to make visible and celebrate a new generation of Canadian artists. A new video will be released each month.

This month we meet artist, Jemini Baptiste, a Black multi disciplinary artist.  

They were curated by Omi Rodney of the AGO Youth Advisory. “Jemini Baptiste’s work implicates themselves in an intricately spun web that represents the chaos of telling one’s own story where the melodrama of family, lineage and memorabilia are put together in service of self-making. Through their artistic media they transport and are transported to another world, somewhere better than here  where the art and souls of black people roam the expanse of the planet safely, freely. Through their process, their visions of the world are settled and they arrive at a point of interminable creation – the summation of decades, even centuries, of generational knowledge. Where they are, there is no separation between past, present and future.Their work inspires emotions in me that bring me closer to my own ancestry and the truth of my own self.

Artist Bio:

Jemini Baptiste is a Black multi disciplinary artist.  Through their work, they offer a complex understanding around time, spirituality, the sublime, Black (*Caribbean) history and conceptualizing the making of a rebellious ancestor in present tense. 

Curator Bio:

Omi Rodney is a Jamaican writer weaving stories on the stolen land currently known as Canada. Their artistic focus lies in documenting and reimagining the Black Atlantic, with an emphasis on the Caribbean.  They are surrendering to history as their ancestors tell it. 

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