OCAD U alumni Oreka James ('16), Aaron Jones ('18), and Camille Turner ('93) are included alongside the work of other artists in the new exhibition RAGGA NYC, opening at Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art in Toronto on June 21, 2018 ay 7 PM
Michèle Pearson Clarke, Martine Gutierrez, Oreka James, Aaron Jones, Tau Lewis, Sondra Perry, Diamond Stingily, Camille Turner, Christopher Udemezue, Syrus Marcus Ware
22 June – 11 August 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday 21 June 2018, 7 PM
RAGGA NYC is a growing collective of Queer Caribbean artists and allies. Founded by Christopher Udemezue (Neon Christina), the group was created to make space for and nurture ties amongst a group of artists who feel a deep commitment to their ancestral and diasporic histories.
Working across various disciplines, ranging from visual art and poetry to performance and fashion, RAGGA NYC interweaves art-making, cultural practice and community building. The collective has at its base a longing for an authentic and extended network that could support one another through ideas and activity centered around solidarity, visibility and expression. As a growing contingent of many artists – each quite distinct in the form, style and concerns of their practice – RAGGA materializes the impact of collective assembly in practices of social emancipation and celebration.
For Mercer Union’s summer season, the gallery has shared resources with the collective as they make space for and incite new collaborations, friendships and expanded networks of support. RAGGA NYC is expanding its network of cultural producers with artists based in Toronto. To this end, the exhibition and coinciding public programming engages specifically with the practices of Michèle Pearson Clarke, Martine Gutierrez, Oreka James, Aaron Jones, Tau Lewis, Sondra Perry, Diamond Stingily, Camille Turner, Christopher Udemezue and Syrus Marcus Ware.