Jessica Karuhanga is a Canadian Ugandan-British artist whose work addresses issues of cultural politics of identity and Black diasporic concerns through lens-based technologies, writing, drawing and lyrical performances. Through her practice she explores individual and collective concerns of Black subjectivity - illness, rage, grief, desire and longing within the context of Black embodiment.

 

She has presented her work at SummerWorks Lab, Toronto (2020), The Bentway, Toronto (2019), Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2018), Onsite Gallery, Toronto (2018), Museum London, London (2018), and Goldsmiths, London, UK (2017). Her writing has been published by C Magazine, BlackFlash, Susan Hobbs Gallery and Fonderie Darling. She has been featured in AGO's Artist Spotlight, i-D, DAZED, Visual Aids, Border Crossings, Toronto Star, CBC Arts, filthy dreams, Globe and Mail and Canadian Art. She earned her BFA from Western University and MFA from University of Victoria. She lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

PRESS

2020

Feature, Winnipeg's WNDX Festival of Moving Image Details 2020 Edition, Exclaim!

Feature, Artist Spotlight, Art Gallery of Ontario 

 

2019

Review, Queer Arts Festival's show Relational rEvolutions questions the future by Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight

Feature, the new new york, i-D

 

2018

Feature, Six Toronto artists pushing their city into a more progressive future, by Ashleigh Kane, DAZED

Feature, 5 best bets at Nuit Blanche, by Murray Whyte, Toronto Star

Column, McMichael gallery showcases archive of Canadian hip-hop culture, by Chris Hampton, The Globe and Mail

Review, Exhibits prob identity and vices, by Joe Belanger, The London Free Press

Review, Seeds of discontent at OCAD nature-derived art show, by Murray Whyte, Toronto Star 

Review, The Sunshine Eaters, by Liz Ikirko, PUBLIC

Review, The Sunshine Eaters, by Anna Kovler, Border Crossings

2017 
Feature, 10 Artists Who Are Taking Care, by Amber Berson, Canadian Art Magazine 

Review, all our days are full of breath: a record of momentum, by Coman Poon, C Magazine

Feature, by Adam Barbu, esse magazine

2016

Feature, Art and HIV: This powerful public poster series is challenging how we look at the virus, by Theodore Kerr, CBC Arts

Column, Dead Tired Of Being So Bloody Positive: PosterVirus Reflects AIDS Activism Now, by Emily Colucci, filthy dreams

Interview, A Conversation with Jessica Karuhanga, by Luther Konadu, Public Parking

Interview, A Conversation with Jessica Karuhanga, by Heather-Campos Castillo, Heart-Beats

Review, The Artists Newsstand, by Emily Fitzpatrick, C Magazine

Archives Matter - Goldsmiths University

Column, PosterVirus 2016, Visual Aids

2015

Interview, Tribal Dances of the Black Female Body, by Kofi Fosu Forson ARMSEYE

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2022

From Remote Stars: Buckminster Fuller, London, and Speculative Futures, Museum London, Canada

2021

Gardenship, Museum London, Canada

2020

Emotional Landscapes, Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Canada

 

2019

Undercurrents, The Bentway, Toronto, Canada

Ground, Sheridan Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Relational Revolutions, Queer Arts Festival, Vancouver, Canada

 

2018

I continue to shape, Art Museum at University of Toronto

our roots are here, amongst the grasses, Y+contemporary, Toronto, Canada

Inscapes, Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Canada

Sunshine Eaters, Onsite Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

Embodiment, Museum London, Canada

 

2017

all our days are full of breath: a record of momentum, Art Museum at University of Toronto, Canada
WARNING! Mind the Gap, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

 

2016
Pixelation, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, Canada 
Finishing Lines, Forest City Gallery, London, Canada

 

2015

25 Multiples Toward a Past and Future, Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria, Canada
Truth be Told, YBT Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2014 
Exposed, Nia Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Canada
11:45, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, Canada
It wasn't Supposed to be this way, Videofag, Toronto, Canada

 

PERFORMANCES

2019

#Carefree, Long Winter, Toronto, Canada

 

2018

#Carefree, The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

2017

(Featured Performer) Lido Pimienta, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

(Featured Performer) Lido Pimienta, Polaris Prize, Toronto, Canada

ground and cover me, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canda
through a brass channel, Art Museum at University of Toronto, Canada
ground and cover me, OCAD University, Toronto ON

2016 
(Featured Performer) Ame Henderson and Evan Webber’s performance encyclopedia, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
#Carefree, ASSEMBLÉE, Studio 303, Montreal, Canada
#Carefree, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Carefree, Fine and Mellow, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada
A Still Cling To Fading Blossoms, Goldsmiths, London, UK
(Featured Performer) Christof Migone’s Mixer, The Royal Conservatory,Toronto, Canada
Boom Aura, DOORED 24, DoubleDouble Land, Toronto, Canda

Shade Shadow Spectre, Forest City Gallery, London, Canada 

A Still Cling To Fading Blossoms, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

2014 
Bone Black Dust and Sky Lickers, The Drake Hotel,Toronto, Canada
A Still Cling To Fading Blossoms, Electric Eclectics Festival, Meaford, Canada 
The trip, the fall, and the lost heap of longing, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, Canada

(Featured Performer) Brendan Fernandes’ Closing Line, Chance Motives, SculptureCentre, New York, NY

 

 

CURATION

2018

Ineffable Blaze (Trinity Square Video, Toronto ON)

      with Kiera Boult, Jazmine VK Carr, Danièle Dennis, Dainesha Nugent-Palache,

      Marcelline Mandeng, Aurel Haize-Odogbo and Jared Brown

 

 

 

EVENTS

2019

Panelist: Mystique Afrique (Africa Salon, United Kingdom) 

Panelist: TIFF Transforms: International Women's Day (Toronto International Film Festival, Canada)

 

2018

The Uknown and Unknowable: A Conversation between Jessica Karuhanga and Nehal El-Hadi (Trinity Square Video, Canada)

 Panelist: Been Here So Long (The Art Gallery of Peterbrorough, Canada)

Lecture: Western University's ART NOW Series (Museum London, Canada)

2017 

Panelist: Remembrance and Difference (The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada) 
Panelist: Tender Skeletons (Art Museum at University of Toronto, Canada) 
Panelist: Working with Dancers in Contemporary Art Space (Blackwood Gallery, U of T Mississauga, Canada) 
Moderator: The Un-Othered Body, curated by Esmaa Mohamoud (OCAD University, Toronto, Canada) 
Panelist: Conversations about FORCE, organized by C Magazine (Gallery TPW, Toronto, Canada)

2015 
Panelist: In Conversation: Her Hustle, moderated by Ariella Starkman (Soho House, Toronto, Canada) 
Lecture: Worn Dialogues: Gallery Conversations (The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada) 
Panelist: Exploring Black Feminine Identity (The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada) 
Panelist: Black Portraitures Conference Series (Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Florence IT) 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2020

Part-time Lecturer, Technology, Identity and Creativity, School of Media, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Part-time Lecturer, New Media Thesis Project, School of Media, Ryerson University, Toronto

2016 - 2020

Sessional Professor, Performance Art, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto, Canada

Sessional Professor, Curation: Nature & Culture, Curatorial, Criticism and Curatorial Practices, Faculty of Art, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

2017 - 2020

Board of Directors, Gallery TPW, Toronto, Canada 

2019

Sessional Professor, Museum Studies, Curatorial, Criticism and Curatorial Practices, Faculty of Art, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada 

2018 - 2019

Sessional Professor, Foundations Studies in Studio, Department of Art, Culture and Media, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Canada 

 

2015

Curatorial Assistant, Onsite Gallery at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

 

 

JURIES

2019

Juror: Animating Toronto Parks Grant, Toronto Arts Council

 

2017 
Juror: Visual Arts Creation Projects Grant, Ontario Arts Council

2016 
Juror: Level One: Emerging Artists Grant, Toronto Arts Council

 

AWARDS + GRANTS

2017 
Toronto Arts Council, Emerging Media Artist Grant  
Ontario Arts Council, Culturally Diverse Curatorial Projects Grant

2016

Ontario Arts Council, Visual Arts: Emerging Grant

2015 
Toronto Arts Council, Emerging Visual Artist Grant

 

WRITING

 

2019

Essay, Guillaume Adjutor Provost, Monograph, Fonderie Darling 

 

2018

Feature, FrameWork 5/18: Oliver Husain, Susan Hobbs Gallery

 

2017 

Feature, Kapwani Kiwanga, BlackFlash Magazine

2016 
Review, Simone Leigh: The Waiting Room, New Museum, C Magazine 

Column, Artefact: Francisco-Fernando Granados, C Magazine

 

 

RESIDENCIES

 

2021

M:ST 10 Biennale in partnership with RAVY Biennale, Yaoundé, Cameroon

2020

Open Performance, Movement Research, New York NY

SummerWorks Lab Residencies, Toronto, Canada

The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency, Toronto, Canada

2017

7a*md8 On-line Residency in partnership with Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada

 

 

 

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts, University of Victoria, Canada 

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Western University, Canada

© 2020 BY JESSICA KARUHANGA