Beloved Community: Scarborough Arts’ 35th Annual Juried Exhibition and BIG ART BOOK Launch!
35th Annual Juried Exhibition
+ Big Art Book
Online Exhibition Launch November 29th, 2020 2-3pm
About Beloved Community and the 35th Annual Juried Exhibition + Big Art Book
A live exhibition launch will take place through StreamYard on our Facebook and YouTube channels, on November 29th from 2-3pm.
This exhibition launch will include a short presentation about the exhibition by Scarborough Arts staff and the AJE jurors, and winners will also be announced! All you have to do to tune is join us LIVE on November 29th 2020 at 2pm on our Facebook or Youtube. Please see here for links to our Facebook and YouTube pages:
The many challenging events of the past year have reminded us all of the responsibility to care; for ourselves, for each other, and the environment around us. Through our landmark 35th Annual Juried exhibition we wish to highlight the necessity for collective care and the ways in which we enact this care, especially during times of great need.
The title of our 35th Annual Juried Exhibition, “Beloved Community” derives from Martin Luther King Jr.’s concept of all individuals in society working towards the attainable eradication of racism, violence, suffering, and oppression. On beloved community, author bell hooks further notes that: “beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each for us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that share who we are and how we live in the world.” Thus, through the example of “Beloved Community,” we are individually called to personal accountability in achieving the collective goal of wellbeing for all.
Natasha Ramoutar (Writing)
Natasha Ramoutar is an Indo-Guyanese writer by way of Scarborough (Ganatsekwyagon) at the east side of Toronto. She has been published in The Unpublished City II, PRISM International, Room Magazine, Living Hyphen and more. She is the Social Media Assistant at the Festival of Literary Diversity and the Fiction Editor of FEEL WAYS, an anthology of Scarborough writing. Her first poetry collection Bittersweet was published by Mawenzi House in 2020.
Photo credit for Headshot: Matthew Narea
Sarvenaz Rayati is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. She received her BA in
painting and BA in visual communication from Art University in Tehran. She has
exhibited her work internationally and since moving to the city, she has led several public art installations in form of light sculptures and mosaic murals in different parts of the city.
“Storytelling has always been my main motivation to create art. Heritage, the self, path, nature, the act of seeking—these are all recurrent themes in my work. I’m inspired by Persian miniatures & literature, comics, found photographs and life around me.”