Behind the Scenes of the Activist Portrait Series

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Meet at the Education Commons before heading to the fourth floor galleries


Led by Syrus Marcus Ware


Syrus Marcus Ware uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture. He is a facilitator/designer at The Banff Centre, and for 12 years was the coordinator of the Art Gallery of Ontario Youth Program. Syrus is the inaugural Daniel’s Spectrum Artist-in-Residence (2016/17) and is also a core team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto.


Drawing on Syrus Marcus Ware’s Activist Portrait Series, this discussion will go behind the scenes, featuring a conversation with the activists depicted in the artist’s work Baby, don’t worry, you know that we got you, currently on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Ware uses large-format portraiture as a means to render invisible lives visible, featuring trans activists, political heroes and people with disabilities, to celebrate activist culture and lives. The session will discuss recent uprisings, life in the movement for black lives and supporting Indigenous resurgence.