Archives / Textiles / Race
Date: September 26, 2018
Time: 6-7:30 pm
Join Artist-Researcher Desmond Miller for a talk about his artistic practice and the multi-layered meanings stored in quilts. In this one-hour talk, Miller will share references that influenced his project Every/day, an exploration of quilting practices used by women of African descent across the world for memory, memorializing, and community-building. Among these references is the Block of Honour quilt featured in Crosscurrents: Canada in the Making. Miller will also speak about his current work on an intergenerational storytelling project that explores his paternal family’s location within the Black diaspora and will share works-in-progress that imagine different ways of representing an archive aesthetic.
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Program image: Detail of Block of Honour, made by women of the North Buxton community, Ontario, 1929. On loan from the North Buxton Museum for Crosscurrents: Canada in the Making.
Desmond Miller’s process-driven artistic practice incorporates new, used and recuperated materials to generate something new that bears traces of the past. Deep research provides references for his work, which explores themes of race, masculinity, archive and the spaces in between. Miller’s work is invested in Black Canadas, mapping Black diasporic connections throughout the world. His practice employs sewing, workshop facilitation, storytelling, collaborative projects and writing. He has exhibited work at The Gladstone Hotel (2016), BAND Gallery, (2016) and contributed writing to the Art Gallery of York University (2017) and No More Potlucks (2017). Miller was awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarship and grants from the Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils. He is the Research Coordinator (Toronto) for the community-based research program weSpeak: Heterosexual Black Men Building Resilience to HIV in Ontario and he is currently working on an intergenerational story-telling project that explores his paternal family’s location in the Black diaspora.
Photo credit: Bentley Miller