The exhibition is presented alongside From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present and included in your admission fee.
This exhibition developed by the Royal Ontario Museum challenges preconceived notions of Blackness in Canada through the work of eight contemporary artists. In its presentation, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has added three Montreal artists.
The artworks use current and historical objects, images and ideas to blur the longstanding perception that Black bodies belong on the edge of Canadian history. Though Canada is widely celebrated as a triumph of cultural diversity, dominant narratives have reduced the Black Canadian experience to one of an everlasting immigrant or newcomer.
These artists question this by exposing deep historical traces of Black presence in our country. In presenting multiple voices and sensitivities, this exhibition disrupts simplistic and comforting narratives, while affirming the longstanding relevance of Black people to the fabric of Canada.