'The Gyallery' Celebrated the Unique Experiences of Black Womanhood
"Stories about Black women [are] not always told by us so... we wanted to put their work in the forefront and give them a space to show everyone how amazing they are."
All photos by Kadeem Ellis
In collaboration with GYALCAST, a Toronto-based podcast that centres commentary on pop culture, music, sex and politics from women of color, VICE co-produced The GYALLERY: an exhibition that afforded Black women a space to share their experiences through art.
The exhibition featured the work of three Toronto photographers—Martika Jabari, Setti Kidane, and Brianna Roye—who explored the experiences of Black women, including themes of the bonds made through sisterhood, Black women's multidimensionality and the reclaiming of their narratives. "I noticed a lot of stories about Black women and women of color but it's not always told by Black women or Black people...We wanted to put their work in the forefront and give them a space to show everyone how amazing they are," shares Sajae Elder, who is the co-founder and producer of GYALCAST.
On her imagined future for Black women Elder says, "I want people to know that Black women are so much more than the stereotypes about us, that we can work together, that we can create amazing things and that we can contribute a lot to the world, obviously."
Watch the video below and look through pictures of the event:
Sharine Taylor is an intern at Noisey Canada. Follow her on Twitter.