From Boys to Men: The Road to Healing

Anthony Gebrehiwot in conversation with Brandon Hay and Randell Adjei


Anthony Gebrehiwot. Soca, digital print, 2019

From Boys to Men: The Road to Healing
Anthony Gebrehiwot in conversation with Brandon Hay and Randell Adjei

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
5:30 -7:00pm ET
Online Program: Register on Eventbrite
Presented by the Doris McCarthy Gallery

Artist Talk: Anthony Gebrehiwot
From Boys to Men: The Road to Healing
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Online Program
Presented by the Doris McCarthy Gallery

All programming is free and open to the public. For more information see the DMG website

Anthony Gebrehiwot’s From Boys to Men: The Road to Healing, challenges how masculinity can fit into today’s society by focusing on the act of care. From Boys to Men: The Road to Healing, features portraits of artists from RISE (Reaching Intelligent Souls Elsewhere), a Scarborough-based, youth-led movement that provides opportunities and spaces for youth to develop artistically, professionally, and spiritually. This series looks at the means by which masculinity can manifest in healthy and inclusive ways. This body of work focuses on the release from toxic masculinity by reconsidering the biased ways of thinking and acting towards self-awareness as a strategy of collective recovery as activism.


Anthony Gebrehiwot is a passionate photographer and community leader, whose creative lens re-visions photography as an ongoing dialogue of social change between subject and society.

Gebrehiwot seeks to communicate without language in an intimate and vulnerable way. Through photography, he portrays the vocabulary of race, masculinity, history, perception, and vulnerability. His latest series titled From Boys to Men: The Road To Healing, is a visceral display of Black masculinity. The series exposes the necessary labour of unpacking learned behavior attached to childhood trauma. While using the combination of contrasting landscapes, Black bodies, and raw human emotion, Gebrehiwot explores the affective power of Black bodies in confronting the viewer’s humanity and empathy. The photographs aim to destabilize the distinction between past, present, and future. Gebrehiwot’s unique visual language extends across temporal sensibilities, to trace the thread of trauma to the root. The metaphors meant through the selection of colour, texture, and emotional expression encourage the viewer to place themself within the poetry of masculine fragility.

Brandon Hay, MES is a graduate of York University, with a Masters in Environmental Studies and an Environmental Business Certificate from the Schulich School of Business. He is a father of three boys, and the founder of Toronto-based grassroots social movement, the Black Daddies Club. Currently Brandon is attending Gestalt Institute of Toronto.

Brandon works as the Program Manager for Toronto Community Benefits Network, a Toronto based not for profit, that works with various community stakeholders to implement community benefits agreement with major construction projects in the City of Toronto. Brandon is a strong believer in equitable and innovative approaches to his community work; he works with an intersectional lens around issues of marginalization. He brings 10 years of mobilizing, community-based research, event planning, and leadership experience to this role.

Randell Adjei is an author, inspirational speaker, arts educator and community leader who uses the spoken word to empower and transform through “edutainment”. He is the founder of one of Toronto’s largest and longest running youth led initiatives, Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E. Edutainment).

Randell is also a MaRS DD – Studio Y Cohort 2 Fellow, 1 of 5 coaches involved in the Toronto Public Library’s (Poetry Saved Our Lives) project and a regularly sought after speaker and presenter with the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic School Board. Adjei is a featured performer on TEDxUTSC and has shared stages with the likes of Jessie Reyez, Terry Crews, Paul Mooney, Maestro Fresh Wes and D’bi Young.

In association with the DMG Exhibition:

Anthony Gebrehiwot
From Boys to Men: The Road to Healing
October 3 – ongoing
Instructional Centre Vitrines
University of Toronto Scarborough
In Partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival


Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11am – 4pm; Wednesday, 11am – 7pm; Saturday, 11 – 5pm.
Admission is free. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

The gallery is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions

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