A group exhibition curated by Tamara Steele
April 26 – June 3, 2022
Eptek Art & Culture Centre
130 Heather Moyse Dr,
Collective Intricacies is a group exhibition curated by Tamara Steele that features artworks by five artists based on Prince Edward Island: Baha Royalty, Chester Hewlett, King Kxndi, Martology, and Sammo Mossa.
“COLLECTIVE INTRICACIES – in spite of its title, this exhibition is a celebration of individuality. There are two popular stereotypes surrounding people of African descent that are widely adhered to. One is the narrative that we are all one people with one culture ignoring the fact that we all come from different places and different backgrounds, with different cultures and traditions, and we all live through different experiences. The other, is the labelling of things that we do, feel, or create as “Black” – Black music, Black joy, Black art – as if to imply that, rather than a diverse group of humans, we are instead nothing more than a genre in and of ourselves to be emulated and commodified. In the face of these stereotypes, this exhibition attempts to combat these narratives that dictate that there is only one way to “be Black”. This exhibition pays homage to the intricate details of our various cultures, upbringings, and lived experiences that create, within each of us, our own distinct strengths, weaknesses, styles, and our own brands of creativity. Through this exhibition, I celebrate the collective individuality of PEI’s Black artists.” – Tamara Steele, Curatorial Statement
Tamara Steele is a musician, former gallery administrator, and the Director of the Black Cultural Society of PEI.
The exhibition is a partnership between this town is small and Eptek Art & Culture Centre and is made possible with the support of the PEI Culture Action Plan through Innovation PEI.
Eptek Art & Culture Centre is an exhibition facility and community hub that features temporary exhibitions of art, fine craft, history, science, and culture. Also on site is a gift shop featuring Island art, fine craft and books on Island themes, as well as a permanent exhibition on the history of Summerside. Eptek Centre is a site of the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation.
View exhibition catalogue here.
Tuesday to Friday 10:00-4:00
Closed: Monday and Saturday
*Admission by donation*
Accessibility information: Eptek Art & Culture Centre is wheelchair accessible. There are gender neutral & wheelchair accessible bathrooms.
COVID 19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS: For the latest protocols on visiting the space, visitors should consult updates made available from Eptek Art & Culture Centre and Health and Wellness PEI.
Cover image: Introspection by Chester Hewlett