Sonia Ekiyor-Katimi: Tenderly Coded


Image courtesy of Sonia Ekiyor-Katimi

Sonia Ekiyor-Katimi: Tenderly Coded

La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario
At home residency
July and August 2021

“Growing up secretly queer affects a child in many negative ways but one of the most damning, is the burden of shame. Although our societies have taught us to be ashamed of sex and sexual desire, this judgment disproportionally affects queer people. As an artist, I am fascinated with the magnetic nature of queer attraction and its secret language of desire. Cultivated through centuries of secrecy, aroused by furtive glances, a stolen caress, a heavy silence, it is this language that I wish to explore. I want to present a body of work that stands as a lexicon for love and longing, that transgresses respectability, objectification and sexualization, and elevates, above it all, the intimate beauty of queer love.”

About the artist

Sonia Ekiyor-Katimi is a non-binary, Nigerian, self-taught visual artist and architectural designer living in Canada. They recently completed their Masters in Architecture and are now exploring their personal art practice. They take an interest in queer identity through community arts, participating in intersectional panels and multidisciplinary collaborations such as the Up Here festival, Nuit Blanche (Sudbury and Montréal), Black Lives Matter Sudbury panels, and group installations for upcoming festivals.

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