Reading on the Trail: On Movement and Memory

Evergreen Brick Works

Sandra Brewster, Roots, 2021–2022. Installation view. Photo Ibrahim Abusitta

Reading on the Trail: On Movement and Memory at Evergreen Brick Works

Monday, July 17, 2023 | 6:00 – 7:00pm | Free
Meet at Picnic Café [Visitor Map]

Evergreen Brick Works presents a summer evening reading on the trails in Don Valley Brick Works Park, featuring writers Erica N. Cardwell, Phillip Dwight Morgan and Jacqueline L. Scott. Centred on narratives of memory, migration and belonging from the Black diaspora, the authors will read from new and recent works in the ravine that surrounds Roots (2021–2022), a large-scale, outdoor photographic installation by Toronto-based artist Sandra Brewster. Situated at the back of the Brick Works site, Brewster’s images document the area’s plant life and explore the long history of Black presence in the urban wilderness.

About the Authors

Erica N. Cardwell is a writer, critic, and educator currently based in Toronto. She is the recipient of a 2021 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Her writing has appeared in ARTS. BLACK, Art in America, Frieze, BOMB, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, C Magazine, Studio Magazine, and other publications. She is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Toronto Scarborough and a Terra Foundation Research Fellow for Threewalls, a Chicago-based arts organization. Her book, Wrong Is Not My Name: Notes on (Black) Art will be published by The Feminist Press in March 2024.

Phillip Dwight Morgan is a first-generation Canadian writer of Jamaican heritage. His writings explore issues of race and representation in Canada and have appeared in Maclean’s, The Toronto Star, CBC News, and The Walrus, among others.

Jacqueline L. Scott is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, Ontario Insitute for Studies in Education (OISE) in the Department of Social Justice Education, and a fellow at the Safina Center. Her research focusses on how to make outdoor recreation and environmentalism more welcoming for Black people in Canada. She volunteers as a land steward, leads Black History Walks in Toronto, and is the author of travel and adventure books from a Black perspective.

Roots is part of the Evergreen Public Art Program, a series of curated and temporary public art projects that respond to the Indigenous, cultural, ecological and industrial histories of the Evergreen Brick Works site and surrounding ravine systems.

Evergreen Brick Works
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Toronto Ontario M4W 3X8

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