the cut, the tear & the remix: contemporary collage and Black futures


Yung Yemi, When The Fam Lose Faith Hold Them Up, 2020

the cut, the tear & the remix: contemporary collage and Black futures

Curated by stylo starr
Opening April 22, 2021

Artists: Emkay Adjei-Manu, Anna Binta Diallo, FEZA, Kofi Oduro, Sonya Mwambu, SPATIAL-ESK, Ghislan Timm, and Yung Yemi

McMaster Museum of Art in partnership with the Nia Centre for the Arts is pleased to present a virtual group exhibition the cut, the tear, & the remix: contemporary collage and Black futures, curated by Hamilton visual artist and art educator stylo starr.

The virtual exhibition brings together the work of eight contemporary artists who are all deeply engaged in unearthing a future rooted in their individual ancestral connections to the African and Caribbean diaspora through varied interpretations of collage. Artists present their work using “cut & paste” techniques — both analogue and digital — that go beyond traditional tactile paper and photomontage iterations of the medium to include new media such as video, digital art and design.

According to stylo starr, “The artists in the remix give gravity and presence to collage in ways that reach far beyond the medium’s basic materiality, and provide a kaleidoscopic view into the Afrofuture using ‘cut and paste’ as direction, action and tool.”

Visitors will enter the remix through a cosmic and ethereal environment custom designed by artist SPATIAL-ESK. The interactive space invites guests to navigate between dedicated artist rooms that create intimate encounters with the art. The unique online presentation of the remix, as a result of current global circumstances, is in and of itself an envisioning of the future of Black spatial and temporal experiences. Whether it’s through engaging with Anna Binta Diallo’s mythical silhouette cut-outs, Yung Yemi’s Afro-futuristic portraits, or Kofi Oduro’s coded audio track, the show acts as an invitation for others to contemplate and participate in this new imagining.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a printed feature in PITCH magazine, an independently run Black arts publication based in Hamilton. In addition, a series of virtual events will be presented in leading up to opening, including a live coding performance by multidisciplinary artist and creative coder Kofi Oduro (Illestpreacha) on April 7th.

This project is an output of starr’s curatorial research and mentorship through the unique Curator-in-Residence program hosted by both the McMaster Museum of Art and Nia Centre for the Arts.

The exhibition will be available on April 22, 2021 via the McMaster Museum of Art Website.


LiveSpoken: Remixing the World Around Us by Kofi Oduro (Illestpreacha)
A live coding performance by Kofi Oduro (Illestpreacha)
April 7, 2021, 6PM
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PITCH Magazine Launch & Analogue Artist Talk
Launch of Issue 2 of PITCH Magazine, and a discussion with artists Ghislain Timm, Emkay Adjei-Manu, FEZA, and Sonya Mwambu, moderated by stylo starr
April 15, 2021, 6PM
Register HERE.

Virtual Launch & Digital Artist Talk
A walk through of the virtual exhibition, and a discussion with artists SPATIAL-ESK, Yung Yemi, Kofi Oduro, and Anna Binta Diallo, moderated by stylo starr
April 22, 2021, 6PM
Register HERE.

The McMaster Museum of Art and Nia Centre for the Arts gratefully acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts.

The McMaster Museum of Art is a meeting space for both the University campus and the community situated within the traditional territories of the Mississauga and the Haudenosaunee nations. The MMA engages and inspires through arts presentation and promotion, as well as by: growing an awareness of the interconnectivity of the past, present and future; advancing de-colonization; engaging in innovative and imaginative research; dismantling institutional and ideological boundaries; partnering and collaborating with intentionality; diversifying the collection; and building capacity.

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Nia Centre for the Arts is a Toronto-based not-for-profit organization that supports, promotes, and showcases an appreciation for the arts from across the African Diaspora. Nia Centre is currently building Canada’s first multidisciplinary Black arts centre – a consistent space to support Black artists and youth, nurturing their talents and sharing their work with new audiences.

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PITCH magazine was launched in 2019 as a platform for celebrating Black expression. Featuring local Hamilton artists, those from McMaster University and beyond, the annual print issue has a double cover and over 100 pages of fashion, writing, visual arts and culture.

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For more information contact:
Elyse Clinning
Communications Officer, McMaster Museum of Art
(905) 525-9140 x 27574