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In an interview for “Nina Simone Great Performances: College Concerts and Interviews” the singer and activist states: “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” Under current circumstances, this is quite a charge. It is the London Ontario Media Arts Association’s belief that this responsibility should not simply fall on the shoulders of artists. Arts organizations are complicit and should share this duty through the provision of space and funds to vanguard creators who continue to communicate their unique perspectives, histories, and narratives.

This fall, LOMAA will highlight Black Canadian artists in a social media series titled Holding Space. Aimed at uplifting these media practitioners, this program will champion the artistic pursuits and ensure the primacy of minoritarian makers. Designed for online dissemination and digital audiences, LOMAA will feature 10 media artists, ranging from emerging to established, from across Canada who embody Nina Simone’s further statements: “…we will shape and mold this country.” Through Holding Space, LOMAA hopes to counter pervasive and continued systemic racism, a task that is vital in shaping the future of Canadian arts.

PLEASE JOIN OUR INVITED ARTISTS to see and hear new works, listen to artist talks, and to learn more about the practices of important media artists from across Canada.

Quentin VerCetty

September 21 – September 26, 2020

Sylvia D. Hamilton

September 28 – October 3, 2020

Jenelle Rouse

October 5 – October 10, 2020

Christina Battle

October 11 – October 17, 2020

Aaron Jones

October 18 – October 24, 2020

Chantal Gibson

October 26 – October 31, 2020

Jessica Karuhanga

November 2 – November 7, 2020

Abdi Osman

November 9 – November 14, 2020

Ronnie Clarke

November 16 – November 21, 2020

Madelyne Beckles

November 23 – November 28, 2020

Program details will be published every Sunday evening on Instagram, so make sure to follow LOMAA to stay up to date:

https://www.instagram.com/l.o.m.a.a/

LOMAA’s Holding Space series is made possible through the generous funding provided by Canada Council for the Art’s Digital Originals grant.