BLM art exhibit calls out systemic racism — works are on display in Abbotsford locations

Detail from The Firefly by Faria Firoz. Oil, 2021 4×5 ft

In 2021, four Fraser Valley artists created a series of paintings with a clear focus on increasing awareness of the systemic racism faced by Black people and inspiring concrete action to tackle its existence globally and locally. 

UFV’s Community Health and Social Innovation Hub produced a video about the project and released it during Black History Month in February. See the video here.

During the work’s exhibition in UFV’s S’eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery, artists Faria Firoz, Michelle Msami, Rain Neeposh, and Dona Park shared their own experiences of life in our community, and their hopes for the project. 

“I want Black people to see the work and to feel connected to it, especially here where … there’s not a lot of representation. To feel at home in a place where we’re not really wanted. Where we’re discriminated against.” 

To learn more about the artists and their project, please visit www.abbotsfordblm.ca. 

You can see the paintings at the following locations:
Oldhand Coffee — Michelle Msami’s painting
RePose Therapy (private practice; a place for wellness; so the artwork is placed in this business for the patrons to view and reflect upon) — Dona Park’s painting
Boardwalk Cafe and Games — Faria Firoz’s painting
Abbotsford campus, the Student Union Building, atrium — Rain Neeposh’s painting
The exhibit will be on display until June 2022. The artists’ statements are placed next to the paintings.

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