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August 7 - August 31
Destiny Kirumira is a Black visual artist and architect. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Alberta in 2018, she completed her Master of Architecture at the University of Calgary. This year she will be beginning her PhD at McGill University which centres on the history of Black architectures in Canada. As both an architect and artist, Destiny’s work attempts to uproot and reconcile the roots of racism in both fields with a current emphasis on Black spaces and narratives.
The artist will be in attendance for the opening of the exhibition on Saturday, August 7th from 1-3 pm.
“I believe art is a powerful tool for bringing about change. All of my pieces work to dispel the myth that we live in a utopian world. I often take everyday things; things that we see, things that we dismiss as peaceful and passive, and expose them for the violent acts that they are.
My art poses questions surrounding race, gender and politics with the aim of enlightening those of us who have chosen to turn a blind eye to the world’s most grotesque injustices. I use realism and abstraction as tools to focus the viewer’s gaze onto and away from certain figures and subjects. My work discusses themes of identity and representation by inserting contemporary portraits of Black people into inhumane yet realistic depictions of everyday life.
At times, I attempt to reconcile misrepresentation or underrepresentation of Black women in art by embedding myself into my work. I am then directly portraying how I think I, and other Black women, should be painted. This assertion not only places the contemporary portrait as the focal point, but also challenges and questions the depiction of Blackness in art. ” – DK