The Yet: Destinie Adélakun, Alicia Reid, Myuri Srikugan and Erika DeFreitas

Myuri Srikugan, detail, Love Letters to the Wombs Before Me, family photos and handwritten letters, 2023

The Yet
Works by Destinie Adélakun, Alicia Reid, Myuri Srikugan, and Erika DeFreitas

Instructional Centre Vitrines, University of Toronto Scarborough
October 18, 2023 – March 31, 2024

Public Reception
Thursday, November 2, 6 – 8 pm
Join the artists to celebrate the exhibition at this drop-in reception. Light refreshments will be offered, all welcome.

The Yet was developed in conjunction with Erika DeFreitas’ exhibition at the Doris McCarthy Gallery, it’s because of the shimmer, the verge, and the yet. (September 16 – December 9, 2023). As the title suggests, various elements of DeFreitas’ work were explored: the shimmer, the magic found in the act of making; the verge, the anticipation found in creation; and the yet, the future and what is to come. DeFreitas is born, raised, and lives in Scarborough and so, reflecting a spirit of community, generosity, and the sharing of space, The Yet is presented here as an introduction of a new generation of artists from this place.

In the months leading up to the exhibition, DeFreitas mentored three emerging Scarborough artists, who were selected through an open call. Destinie Adélakun, Alicia Reid, and Myuri Srikugan met periodically with DeFreitas and each other to develop the works in this exhibition. Working in tandem with DeFreitas as she developed works for her exhibition, the group shared ideas, worked through challenges, and formed a community of supportive Scarborough creatives.

The Yet is a testament to the talents emerging out of our community. Using photography and digital media to reflect on heritage and lineage, the works by these artists offer varying, deeply considered meditations on their roots. Thinking about their respective histories and cultures, they construct archives, narratives, and celebratory works that offer a rich poetic mix of reflections on where they come from and how they navigate their identities in a contemporary context.

This mentorship and exhibition are made possible through the generous support of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts.

Alicia Reid, Love Me Forever, detail from Lover’s Rock, digital photography, 2023

About the Artists

Destinie Adélakun is an award-winning contemporary Canadian multidisciplinary artist. Her work extends from photography to film, paintings, and sculpture; which explore themes of pre-colonized African/Indian history, mythology, religion, and spirituality. Her goal as an artist is to empower people of the diaspora by narrating African/Indian folklore and mythology. She celebrates women of the African diaspora and plays with adornment that embodies the creative direction of the work. A self-taught artist, Destinie was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and raised in Nagpur, India, and currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada, and New York City, USA.

Alicia Reid is a Jamaican-Canadian award-winning photographer, journalist, and aspiring filmmaker based in Toronto. Born and raised in Scarborough, her work is inspired by Caribbean and Toronto culture, while focusing on people of colour. Alicia aims to humanize and highlight various moments that shed a positive outlook on marginalized communities within the city. Her goal is to shift the narrative on urban regions that are often overlooked and misrepresented. Alicia’s work has been featured in the Toronto Star, Global News and Complex Music. In 2022, She graduated J-school from Toronto Metropolitan University and continues to pursue a career in the creative arts through mentorship programs like ARTWORKSTO and The REMIX Project.

Myuri Srikugan is a Tamil-Canadian digital artist based in Scarborough. Her work focuses primarily on documentary and emotional healing through digital media, video, and photography. Myuri focuses on capturing stories that are often overlooked or untold, both from her own life and those of others who are willing to share their narratives. Collaborating with individuals and communities is an integral part of Myuri’s creative process, and she draws inspiration from her community – both people and place – who guide the outcome of her work. Navigating nuances and conflicts within herself, amongst her loved ones, and within her community is an ongoing process of unpacking her identity through her practice.

Erika DeFreitas’ interdisciplinary practice includes performance, photography, video, installation, textiles, drawing, and writing. Placing emphasis on gesture, process, the body, documentation and paranormal phenomena, DeFreitas mines concepts of loss, post-memory, legacy and objecthood. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including: Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery; Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts, Winnipeg; Gallery TPW, Toronto; Project Row Houses and the Museum of African American Culture, Houston; Fort Worth Contemporary Arts; and Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita. DeFreitas holds a Master of Visual Studies from the University of
Toronto.

Destinie Adélakun, The First Lady, detail from The Tears of our Mothers Lie in the Ocean. . ., mixed media tryptic, 2023

Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4
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The Instructional Centre Vitrines are located in the atrium of the Instructional Centre at U of T Scarborough, 1095 Military Trail. The building is open Monday – Saturday, and is wheelchair accessible.

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Image descriptions:
1) Vintage sepia-toned colour photograph of six women and one man sitting on and standing behind a bench outdoors, all looking directly at the camera. The women are wearing dresses and saris, the man is wearing loose pants without a shirt. In the background palm trees and other greenery is visible.
2) Colour photograph of a man and woman in a living room warmly lit by two lamps. The woman is sitting on a couch, reading a newspaper. The man is crouched by a table holding a record player, putting a record on.
3) Black and white photograph of a woman standing in front of a large tree, with a forest in the background. She is wearing a beaded dress and headpiece with a long beaded fringe covering her face, and holding a feathered object in one hand, pointing towards the camera.