In Conversation With Jordan Sook: Here Again, At the Crossroads - Nia Centre for the Arts

In Conversation With Jordan Sook: Here Again, At the Crossroads

The Stories Behind The Exhibition

Date

April 8 - 8, 2021

Time

6:00PM - 8:00PM

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Register now for our exciting talk with Jordan Sook, a Toronto-based contemporary mixed media artist who created Thank You For Keeping Us On Track, a 15 ft sculpture that pays tribute to the Black Canadain Porters who formed the first Black Railway Union in North America. Their contributions helped lay a framework for future unions by other minority collectives and groups.

The piece is on display at Union Station in the West Wing for Here Again, At the Crossroads, a public art exhibition exploring the historic transit hub of Union Station and the conditions that shape Black lives. Jordan will be discussing themes of his work, his journey and inspiration.

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About Jordan Sook

Jordan Sook is a contemporary mixed media artist who works and resides in Toronto, Canada. His work has been exhibited in various group shows including the MacLaren Art Centre (2017), the Manifesto Art Festival (2018), and The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (2018). Sook’s distinctive personal style emanates youth and playfulness, and his work invites us to view the world from a subjective innocence while exploring the relationship to the modern human complex in relation to consumerism, economics and the social environment.

Thank You For Keeping Us On Track was inspired by an innate desire to go beyond representation and amplify the under-told stories of Black success, triumphs and contributions across North America. The work pays tribute to the Black Canadian porters who formed the first Black Railway Union in North America (1917). Their contributions helped to stabilize Canadian economics, and lay a framework for future unions by other minority collectives groups to be formed. 

About Here Again, At the Crossroads

Here Again, At the Crossroads explores the historic transit hub of Union Station as a site of constant movement and change. Every day, thousands of people transverse the hallways of Canada’s largest train station, marking a stop on their journey to familiar places or new beginnings. 

Three contemporary artists, Andre Wagner, Jayda Marley (also known as The Poet MJ), Jordan Sook examine the conditions that shape the Black experience, and what it means to be arriving at yet another point in our collective histories, where everyone is being called to defend Black lives. 

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