Artnet names Esmaa Mohamoud top emerging artist

Portrait of Esmaa Mohamoud
Sunday, January 8, 2017

Esmaa Mohamoud has been named one of “14 Emerging Women Artists to Watch in 2017” by the international Artnet news website. Mohamoud is the 2016 medal winner in the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design graduate program.

From the article:

The following artists, from South Africa to South Brooklyn, have been responsible for some truly thought-provoking works this year. artnet News is excited to see what they do next, as they expand their practices and get their first solo show, their first big grant, or their first public art showing at an art fair.

In 2016, Toronto’s Esmaa Mohamoud finished a Masters in Fine Arts from Ontario College of Art and Design University and had her first solo show, at Toronto’s YYZ Gallery, all before the age of 24. Titled “#000000 Violence”, the exhibition uses basketball as a starting point for larger conversations.

“I’m using the realm of athletics to speak to issues of black masculinity; how violence and athletics go hand-in-hand in black culture,” she told the Fader of the works, 30-pound concrete casts of under-inflated basketballs.

Mohammoud is Gallery Assistant at OCAD U’s Student Gallery. To read about the other artists profiled, visit



IAMD Alumna Esmaa Mohamoud - One of 14 Emerging Women Artists to Watch

Portrait of Esmaa Mohamoud
Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 5:00am

OCAD U Graduate Studies extends congratularions to recent Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program alumna Esmaa Mohamoud (MFA, 2016), who is listed as one of 14 Emerging Women Artists to Watch in 2017 by artnert news. Read the full list online here:

The article highlights Esmaa's thesis exhibition at YYZ Artists' Outlet "#000000 Violence" - an exhibition that investigated the Black male body in contemporary culture and the (in)tangibility of Blackness through the exploration of athletics—specifically, the sport of basketball. For more information on her thesis exhibition visit the artist's website:

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