On June 5, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto will launch the exhibition Variations in Black, Queer, and Otherwise: Works by Abdi Osman.
A sessional lecturer in the Visual Studies program at the Daniels Faculty, Osman is a Somali-Canadian multidisciplinary Toronto-based artist whose work focuses on questions of African-ness and Black-ness in the diaspora. Curated by Dina Georgis and Sara Matthew, the multi-part exhibition incorporates sound, narrative, still and moving image, and fabric into his works, which offer complex iterations of subjectivity.
The exhibition will take place at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto from June 5to July 27, 2019. Members of the public are invited to join the Art Museum for the opening reception on June 5 from 6-8pm. The artist and curators will be in attendance.
Osmanis an internationally recognized artist. His practice is documentary in nature, with a focus on portraiture. This exhibition at the Art Museum will include pieces from his extensive body of work focused on diaspora and histories of cultural mis-representation, including earlier photographic works from 2007 to his more recent video work in 2018.