Youth in Conversation: Mohamed Bourouissa’s Horse Day

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Youth in Conversation: Mohamed Bourouissa’s Horse Day

Ryerson Image Centre
Online via Zoom
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
7 pm ET
Free

Join emerging artists Kourtney Jackson, Sadaf Khajeh and Hermmela Tafesse for a roundtable discussion focused on Mohamed Bourouissa’s two-channel video installation Horse Day. Moderated by RIC Outreach Programmer soJin Chun and Nawang Kinkar, graduate student in Ryerson University’s F+PPCM program, the panelists will discuss how BIPOC communities are represented in western culture as well as how image-making can offer nuanced depictions of underrepresented communities. Organized through the RIC’s Youth in Focus program.

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Horse Day is the culmination of an eight-month collaboration between Algerian/French artist Mohamed Bourouissa and young Black horsemen belonging to a non-profit equestrian society in Strawberry Mansion, an impoverished Philadelphia neighbourhood. Centring the narrative on the group’s preparation and presentation of a celebratory riding competition and pageant, Bourouissa’s video examines the visual stereotypes and misrepresentations associated with “cowboy culture” in the United States.

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Mohamed Bourouissa: Horse Day (installation view), 2020 © Larissa Issler, Ryerson Image Centre

Panelist Bios

soJin Chun is a Toronto-based curator/artist/educator who explores alternative dialogues that emerge in-between cultures and disciplines. Chun’s artistic practice is inspired by her Korean diasporic experience in Bolivia and Canada that has allowed her to navigate spaces in-between cultures and languages. By exploring artists, exhibitions and narratives that exist outside of dominant representations, she aims to create inclusive dialogue about contemporary art that is socially-engaged. Collaboration is an essential part of her process as she has worked extensively with BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ communities in Canada and South America. Chun has participated in artist residencies, festival screenings and exhibitions in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Through these international opportunities, she has developed a collaborative art practice to investigate local narratives of political struggles from communities fighting to overcome the effects of colonization and globalization. soJin’s video works are represented by GIV (Montreal), CFMDC (Toronto) and V-Tape (Toronto).

Kourtney Jackson is a Toronto-based, award-winning filmmaker and current Sundance Ignite Fellow. She won the 2018 Emerging Director’s Spotlight Award at the Regent Park Film Festival for her experimental documentary pitch for Wash Day, which later premiered at TIFF Next Wave and is currently on it’s festival tour. Through film and other image-based media, she continues to explore the nuances in her ethnic, cultural, and spiritual identity.

Sadaf Khajeh is currently a candidate for the MFA in Documentary Media at Ryerson University. She received her Bachelor of Interior Design from Ryerson University and recently finished her certification in Photography Studies at the Chang School of Continuing Education. She has professional experience in Interior Design, Photography, and Visual Design, which has expanded her curiosity to explore different mediums and skills to create more diverse projects and push her creative boundaries. Having immigrated from Iran to Canada in her teens, Sadaf has always been interested in social issues, as she believes they are often more pronounced for immigrants such as herself. Through her creative narrative, she has tried to form a bridge between the two cultures she belongs to by further exploring the sociocultural similarities and differences between them.

Hermmela Tafesse is an emerging multidisciplinary artist who believes in the importance of community and storytelling. As a black femme and immigrant, she creates work that is informed by her intersections, with the intention to create conversations regarding the social, political, and environmental structures that help develop our personal perspectives.

Nawang Kinkar is an emerging Tibetan-Canadian writer, artist, and photo-archivist. She is interested in anti-colonial and anti-racist ideas and practices that disrupt Eurocentric narratives in institutional archives. Most recently, she has worked as a Digital Prototyper on a community archive project at 187 Augusta through the support of Ukai Projects. This year, her work will be featured in Carnation Zine, Peripheral Review, and Steps Initiative. She is also an MA candidate at Ryerson University, pursuing Photography Preservation + Collections Management.

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