Saturday, July 20, 2024

AGO X RBC emerging artists workshop – ME: Being online

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From left to right 1 Timothy Yannick Hunter photo by Solana Cain 2 Zarina Muhammad photo by Ollie Adegboye 3 Hanif Janmohamed

Mark your calendars for a series of professional development workshops to discuss trends and issues in self-representation, digital art and career development. Our panelists will provide practical advice for emerging artists looking for opportunities of growth and mentorship.

In this discussion moderated by Alexa Greist, panelists Hanif Janmohamed, Zarina Muhammad and Timothy Yanick Hunter will reflect on what it means to be an artist working in digital realms and the associated possibilities/challenges attendant to that. We will focus on the following questions:

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  • What is the best way to present or represent your many selves?
  • How is your work an extension of you? How do you share and/or sell your digital selves?
  • And how do museums respond − or not − to digital self-representation and self-preservation?

Timothy Yanick Hunter is a multidisciplinary artist and curator based in Toronto. Hunter’s practice employs strategies of bricolage to examine non-neutral relationships relating to Black and Afro-diasporic experiences as well as concurrent strategies of decolonization. His approach alternates between exploratory and didactic; with a focus on the political, cultural and social richness of the Black Diaspora. Hunter’s work often delves into speculative narratives and the intersections of physical space, digital space and the intangible.

Zarina Muhammad The White Pube is the collaborative identity of Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad under which they publish reviews and essays about art, video games and food. You can find them at or on Twitter and Instagram at @thewhitepube.

Hanif Janmohamed is a visual artist and designer based in Vancouver, Canada. Hanif’s African roots, South-Asian genes, Kenyan childhood, European education and North American life experience, have helped cultivate an innately pluralist worldview and a wide-ranging creative engagement. Hanif works and plays in the confluence of creative vision, artistic practice, design thinking, and enterprise mind. It is fertile ground. Ideas, projects, and ventures, big and little, grow in a terrain, rich with opportunity and possibility.  His work has exhibited and toured at MOCA-LA, Milan Triennale, Design Museum, Vitra, National Building Museum, Corcoran, AGO, and Vancouver and Surrey Art Galleries.

Alexa Greist is Associate Curator and R. Fraser Elliott Chair, Prints & Drawings, Prior to joining the AGO in 2016, Greist held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. Greist’s area of specialty is Italian Renaissance and Baroque prints and drawings. She is co-curator of the exhibition, I Am Here: Home Movies and Everyday Masterpieces, currently on view at the AGO

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