Wayne Salmon Kensington Market: Meditations on Home

Apr 27–May 30,  2022

 As a child coming from the Caribbean, Kensington Market was the only public space in Canada where Salmon could feel a sense of rootedness. The market’s vibes and rhythm still elicit some of the boldest memories of the community he’d left behind.

Playing with Susan Sontag’s idea that “a photograph is both a pseudo-presence and a token absence,” Meditations on Home explores Kensington Market as a Black communal space in which the isolating experience of exile is tempered.

Wayne Salmon is a Toronto-based artist working in photography, film and installation. Born in Jamaica, Salmon immigrated to Canada in the early 1980s. His work is concerned with Black sociality, with particular focus on issues and experiences related to history, migration, memory, Black music and literature. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Toronto Metropolitan University.