Politicizing Identity with Shimby

  • Thursday, May 26, 2016
  • 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • The Royal Canadian Legion, 227 McDermot Ave

Is identity chosen or foisted, and can it be rejected? Is artists’ self-identification important? And if not, what is the alternative? Isolation? This Theory and Beer will examine artist and philosopher Adrian Piper’s 2003 text, “Please don’t call me a . . . ” and its commonalities with journalist Amy Goodman’s presence at the Venice Biennale and artist Jessica MacCormack’s tumblr. To further frame the discussion we will take a look at Lwam Eyassu’s critical writing Artists of . . . art? in MAWA’s winter 2016 newsletter.




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Free! All are welcome!

  • Hagere Selam “Shimby” Zegeye-Gebrehiwot is an artist who moonlights as a research assistant. Shimby is community-oriented and explores diasporic Ethiopian/Horn of African/Black identities while unpacking gender and settler-colonialism, among other things. In 2015, they completed a year-long mentorship through MAWA, an eight-month studio-based artist residency/open school program through aceartinc. and an Intergenerational LGBT artist residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island.