BAND Offsite

May 13 - June 5, 2021

Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue (BAND) Gallery and Cultural Centre is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting, documenting and showcasing the artistic and cultural contributions of Black artists and cultural workers in Canada and internationally. BAND Offsite is an initiative to create opportunities to connect BAND Gallery artists with new audiences in keeping with BAND’s vision to inspire, enlighten and educate through the arts.

We are excited to partner with Nicholas Metivier Gallery to present this preview of BAND’s 2021 exhibition season. Included are Gloria C. Swain, Emmanuel Osahor and Kanna Anigbogu.


 The work presented at Nicholas Metivier Gallery reflects on how the artists adapted their respective practices under the constrictions of a global pandemic. These factors include the influence of their increased isolation, changing relationships with their space, and their ambition to seize the opportunity of time without distraction. 


Gloria C. Swain is a multidisciplinary Black female artist, social justice activist, researcher, seniors rights advocate, and writer. Swain works within the mediums of installation, painting, performance, and photography to challenge systemic oppression against Black women and transgender people. Her work explores and connects past traumas of slavery to ongoing colonial violence and Black mental health. Swain’s work has been exhibited at Tangled Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Gladstone Hotel, the Theatre Centre, Artscape Sandbox, the Public Studio Gallery, OCAD University, Artscape Gibraltar Point and other venues. Her writings have been included in Cultivate Feminism, the Peak Magazine, Marvelous Grounds, and the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.


Emmanuel Osahor is a Nigerian artist currently based in Treaty 3 territory. His practice is invested in explorations of painting, photography and installation. His recent work explores the garden as a complicated sanctuary space within which the desire for utopia can be discussed, bringing forward the complications of hope and failure inherent in utopic imagining. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA program and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph. His work is held in multiple collections and has been included in solo and group exhibitions in Canada.


Kanna Anigbogu is a Toronto-based Nigerian artist with a distinctive style of continuous line work and colour. His work combines movement, play, curiosity and mystery, creating abstract pieces and stories of ambience and feeling. Common themes include ancestry and motifs inspired by his Igbo heritage. Anigbogu’s work highlights the wonders and conditions of everyday life.


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