Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Exhibitions
Luther Konadu, Feather as Index #20, 2018. Digital print
Luther Konadu, Feather as Index #20, 2018. Digital print
Luther Konadu, Feather as Index, 2018. Digital print.
Luther Konadu, Feather as Index, 2018. Digital print.
Bishara Elmi, Salt of the Earth, 2017. Dirt, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.
Bishara Elmi, Salt of the Earth, 2017. Dirt, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.
Featured Exhibition

Bishara Elmi, Luther Konadu
A Kind of Return

May 4–June 22
Reception: May 4, 12–2pm

Doris McCarthy Gallery
1265 Military Trail U of T Scarborough


Hours Tue–Fri 11am–4pm
Wed 11am–8pm
Sat 12pm–5pm

A Kind of Return brings together projects by Bishara Elmi and Luther Konadu that offer nuanced reflections on interpersonal relationships within Black communities. Konadu is an emerging Winnipeg-based photographer who takes self-portraits and photographs of close friends and loved ones. The resulting images present the subjects on their own terms, and challenge dehumanizing representations that have long been associated with the Black body in photography. Elmi is a Toronto-based artist who addresses the tension between displacement and belonging within relationships, particularly as it relates to the Black queer disabled experience. Using fabric, text, and moving and still images, Elmi’s work argues that the experiences of exile and marginalization can occur within the context of a relationship, not just from a physical location.

At the core of both of these projects is the question: What role can relationships serve for those living in oppressive conditions? Through their work, Elmi and Konadu explore this question culturally and systemically, while complicating stereotypical and narrow representations of Black communities.

Curated by Alyssa Fearon

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–6pm
Sat 1–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.