RaWomyn’s inaugural photography exhibit and panel discussion to be held on October 21st, 2017 at Blank Canvas Gallery
Produced by women of colour to celebrate women of colour
Toronto ON – September 28th, 2017- Toronto’s Blank Canvas Gallery will hold the first ever “RaWomyn –– a photography exhibit and panel discussion celebrating women of colour”. In a true cross-country collaboration, the show is produced by Adeline Bird (Winnipeg, MB) an afro-indigenous activist, author and podcaster; Leah McFly (Montreal, QC) an internationally recognized choreographer and stylist; and Pierrette Masimango (Toronto, ON) a portrait photographer and content producer. These three women recognized the influence women of colour had in their respective crafts but were frustrated by the lack of events celebrating them. So they set out to produce an event outside of the confines of Black History Month and other culturally specific holidays.
Hosted by writer and media personality, Bee Quammie (Ebony, VICE, CBC, TVO), RaWomyn will be a jam-packed event including a reading by Adeline Bird of her book “Be Unapologetically You: A Self-Love Guide For Women of Colour”; followed by a panel discussion addressing what it means to be passionate, relentless and unapologetic for today’s women of colour; and a dance presentation by Leah McFly. McFly’s style epitomizes the notion of being unapologetic and this is why photographer Pierrette Masimango chose her as the subject for this show. The images on display will feature McFly in various outfits on opposite ends of the style spectrum to represent the different ways women can wear their confidence.
Speaking of confidence, RaWomyn is an empowering term created by the producers. The name stems from the Egyptian god of Light named Ra, who is described as the creator of everything. The spelling of the word woman [w o m y n] represents the freedom women have to define themselves on their own terms. Together they form an identifier meant to embolden women to stand strong in their love of self.
“RaWomyn –– a photography exhibit and panel discussion celebrating women of colour” will be held on October 21st, 2017 at Blank Canvas Gallery, 890 St. Clair West, in Toronto. DJ Iced Misto and visual artist Tee Fergus (featured in the documentary “HERstory in Black”, CBC) will be providing entertainment at the beginning of the event. The producers invite people of all walks of life to come celebrate with an evening full of art, discussion and fun times. Doors will open at 6 p.m. ET. Admission is $10 and beverages and merchandise will be available for purchase. For more information on the Toronto and Montreal editions of this event, visit RaWomyn.com
For media inquiries contact: Adeline Bird