Anique Jordan: Underbelly

Anique Jordan at Patel Brown

May 16 – June 15, 2024
Artist Talk: Friday, June 14, 5:30pm
Anique Jordan in conversation with Fred Moten; Moderated by Dr. Evelyn Amponsah

Patel Brown is proud to present Underbelly, a solo exhibition of new work by Anique Jordan on view at the Toronto gallery from May 16 through June 15, 2024.

Underbelly is a study in ways of seeing that explores the methodological, embodied, and aesthetic impulses at the root of Anique Jordan’s practice.

Armed with the iconic quote, “another world is not only possible…she is on her way”, from Arundhati Roy’s Capitalism: A Ghost Story, and with the urgency behind the failures of colonial and capitalist projects, the artist has become invested in not only considering what other worlds might indeed be on the horizon but also exploring ways in which we can see other worlds that have always lived simultaneously amongst us. Jordan turns to Black surrealisms, Afro-Caribbean spiritual practices, and the body as sources of knowledge to recognize ways of knowing that have been disallowed but protected.

Jordan is specifically interested in rituals, dreams, codes, glitches, and mythology as sites of these other worlds. The artist seeks methods of discovery that invoke the imagination as a tool to see what otherwise has been cloaked or rendered an impossibility.

Learn about the exhibition here.

About the Artist:

Anique Jordan is an artist, writer and curator who looks to answer the question of possibility in everything she creates. As an artist, Jordan works in photography, sculpture and performance often employing the theory of hauntology to challenge historical or dominant narratives and creating, what she calls, impossible images. Recently, she has been thinking about time, the surreal, and the rejection of the singular and linear ways of thinking or being in the world. Jordan has lectured on her artistic and community engaged curatorial practice as a 2017 Canada Seminar speaker at Harvard University and in numerous institutions across the Americas. In 2017 she co-curated the exhibition Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood at the Art Gallery of Ontario. As an artist, she has exhibited at Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of York University, Art Gallery of Guelph, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Art Gallery of Windsor, Gallery 44, and Y+ Contemporary. She has received numerous awards, grants, and fellowships and in 2017 was awarded the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist of the Year award. Jordan recently received an MFA in Photography at Rhode Island School of Design.

About Patel Brown:

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