Reading Group – This Unfathomable Weight, Movement Three: The Miraculous

Sarah Edo will host a reading group responding to Erika DeFreitas’ outdoor installation of lightboxes at Blackwood Gallery titled This Unfathomable Weight, Movement Three: The Miraculous. The series features images of DeFreitas’s hands holding polaroids of her attempts to document apparitions of the Virgin Mary in sunny skies. Thinking alongside DeFreitas’ interests in repetition, gesture, and the haptic, Edo will propose readings and lead a discussion that engages notions of the sacred in Black diaspora, ritual, cosmology and repair. Potential readings could include selections from the work of M. Jacqui Alexander and Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

This program has been developed by Maandeeq Mohamed.

Registration encouraged (TBA); visit the Blackwood Gallery website for updates.

Sarah Edo is an emerging curator born and based in Toronto. Her work thinks through Black queer diaspora, desire and materiality. Her creative pursuits are guided and grounded by her experiences in community work, collective study, and intentional relation-building.

Maandeeq Mohamed is a writer engaging Black Studies and related cultural production. Her writing is featured in Real Life, C Magazine, and Canadian Art. Currently, Maandeeq is the Reviews Editor at C Magazine, as well as a PhD student in English and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto, where she is a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Fellow.

Presented by Blackwood Gallery