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Basquiat Idea Bar: Justice

Friday, February 27, 2015
6 – 8 pm
Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario
Included with admission

We examine the still-urgent issues of race and social justice that Basquiat so boldly and directly confronted in his work.

Idea Bar is a weekly presentation that combines workshops, performance, music, dance, and conversation. The AGO invites artists, curators, and other creative thinkers to share their latest projects and ideas in the AGO’s Walker Court. Idea Bar programs will feature open and informal discussions to encourage debate and conversation: all voices are welcome. 

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Raven Davis
Elisha Lim
Jessica Karuhanga

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv is the Director of the Equality Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Since joining CCLA in 2002, Noa has coordinated many CCLA interventions in the courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and made written and oral submissions to Parliamentary and provincial legislative committees, police and other public bodies.Noa’s advocacy and public engagement have focused on such issues as refugee protection, eliminating racial profiling, LGBTQ rights, freedom of expression and religion, and the intersectionality of rights, in particular religious freedom and equality.  A graduate of York University, Noa obtained her LL.B. and LL.M. from the Hebrew University in Israel, and completed her legal articles at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. She was called to the Israeli Bar in 1998, and spent a few years at a private law firm.

Raven Davis is a Halifax-based 2-Spirit, Anishanwbe (Ojibway) Aboriginal artist and activist whose lineage stems from the Ojibway Nation in Manitoba. Their heritage also includes and Scottish and Irish blood from their father. Raven is a multimedia and mixed media artist as well as a traditional dancer, singer and drummer. Recently their preferred visual art mediums have been gouache, acrylic and photography.  Raven also blends natural materials with dance, body exploration, movement and sound. Raven’s artwork can be found in private collections in Germany and  the United Kingdom and has been published in a wide range of print media.

Elisha Lim is a queer and transgendered artist whose goal is to effect social change. Elisha works through printed matter and video, and their driving force is to investigate social issues around race, gender and sexuality, by popularizing creative alternatives, for example, the gender-neutral pronoun "they." They have exhibited art and videos internationally, proudly including the inaugural solo exhibit of Toronto’s notorious FAG Gallery. They have lectured on race representation and gender neutral pronouns on panels, artist talks and United Nations conferences since 2009, and directed Montréal’s first Racialized Pride Week in 2012, for which they curated the central exhibit “2-Qtpoc” at the gallery articule. Their graphic novel "100 Crushes" was published in 2014 by Koyama Press, and Elisha turned two of its stories into claymation videos, which won respectively, Inside Out's Best Emerging Artist and Reel Asian's Best Female Director.

Jessica Karuhanga is a Toronto-based artist whose practice moves between performance, video, drawing and sculptural processes. Her work has been presented at nationally at the Royal BC Museum, OCAD U Student Gallery, Art Mûr, Xpace Cultural Centre, Electric Ecletics, Videofag, Nia Centre for the Arts, and The Drake Hotel. Upcoming projects include a lecture for The Power Plant's Sunday Scene Series and presentating her work at the 2015 Black Portraiture{s} conference co-organized by Harvard University and Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in Florence, Italy.

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