Meet Artist Amartey Golding at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Amartey Golding, In the comfort of embers, 2023. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2023. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Exhibition Walk-through of In the comfort of embers & In Conversation with Amartey Golding

Saturday, May 13 at 2 PM
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
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Amartey Golding is coming to Toronto to celebrate the last weekend of his solo exhibition In the comfort of embers at The Power Plant!

Join us on Saturday, May 13, at 2 PM for an exhibition walk-through of In the comfort of embers, led by Amartey Golding, followed by a discussion between the artist, writer Neil Price, and Adelina Vlas, Head of Curatorial Affairs at The Power Plant. The speakers will discuss Golding’s artistic process, elaborating on the materials, methods, and meanings of the works presented at The Power Plant, followed by an interactive Q&A.

On view at The Power Plant until May 14, 2023, In the comfort of embers presents video works, garments, and photography by artist Amartey Golding. Fire is a central motif in the featured video works. In these stories, building a fire and keeping it burning provides the narratives with their symbolic core by marking transformative moments for the main characters: the chain-mail wearer and the Being. These protagonists face personal reckonings as they prepare to live in the absurd world that awaits them. Our perspective is restricted by the few temporal indications and contained spaces in which the narratives unfold. This may spark an important realization among viewers: we cannot know what it feels like to sit with another’s embodied experiences unless we live them ourselves. Golding relays the extraordinary essence of each character with reverence–they create life, exist in otherworldly bodies, and go through profound transformations alongside the few companions with whom they share a kinship.

Amartey Golding, In the comfort of embers, 2023. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2023. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

About Amartey Golding
Amartey Golding (b. 1988, London; based in Norwich) is a visual artist who was raised as a Rastafarian to an Anglo-Scottish mother, Ghanaian father, and Jamaican stepfather. Through the use of sculpture, film, and 2D work, he explores the portrayal of Black masculinity in the media and homophobia within Black British communities. Preferring to work with mediums he is untrained in, he has also experimented with printmaking, fashion, and ballet. Golding studied art and design from 2005 to 2006 and architecture from 2007 to 2010 at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. He has had solo exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Denmark, and the UK, and in 2012–13, he was artist-in-residence at Tashkeel, Dubai. His 2016 film Chainmail was lauded as “The must-see piece of this year’s London Art Fair” by The Art Newspaper. In 2019, Golding’s work was included in Over My Black Body, curated by Eunice Bélidor and Anaïs Castro at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

About Neil Price
Neil Price is a writer, educator and editor. His writing on art, culture and community has appeared in Ocula Magazine, NOW Magazine, Frieze, Momus, Globe and Mail, BlackFlash, Hazlitt, and Canadian Art, among other publications. He is the former Reviews Editor at Humber Literary Review.

About The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. It is a vital forum for the advanced artistic culture of our time and offers an exceptional facility and professional support to diverse living artists, while also engaging equally diverse audiences. The Power Plant pursues its activities through exhibitions, publications, and public programming that incorporate other areas of culture when they intersect with visual art. For more information, please visit

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