Art installation celebrates Black womanhoood
un/settled is a literary art exhibition that covers 240 square feet of Belzberg Library's streetfront windows at SFU Vancouver.
This installation of exceptional scale speaks to both the life-halting pandemic and the seemingly endless violence visited upon racialized bodies. Draped over the windows of a library closed due to COVID-19, this collaboration between poet Otoniya J. Okot Bitek and artist Chantal Gibson centres Black womanhood while reminding us that amidst global uncertainty there are stories to be told and communities to be celebrated.
*Belzberg Library remains closed. This is a street-facing window exhibit only.
An un/settling event: Readings and reflections on Black art, identity and place
Join us on for a free, online event for Black History Month featuring Chantal Gibson and Otoniya J. Okot Bitek in conversation with Ebony Magnus.
February 17, 2021, 7pm PST
In November 2020, a 240 square foot literary art installation was mounted on the streetfront windows of Belzberg Library at the intersection of Hastings and Richards in downtown Vancouver. Made possible by the pandemic-induced closure of the library, the piece offers commentary on the ongoing displacement of peoples and systemic inequity that permeates the social landscape. Collaborators Gibson, Okot Bitek, and Magnus will discuss what it means for representations and imaginations of Black women to occupy geographical and intellectual real estate in the world today.
Event sponsored by SFU Library, SFU Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, SFU English Department, and SFU School of Interactive Art and Technology.