Worn: Shaping Black Feminine Identity

by Karin Jones & Julie Crooks & Dominique Fontaine & Silvia Forni


January 2015 – November 2015

Worn: Shaping Black Feminine Identity by Vancouver based craft artist Karin Jones is the first contemporary art installation presented as part of the Of Africa project. This site-specific installation was selected through a public call for artists, who were invited to reflect on the position and representations of African Canadians in the nation’s historical and contemporary narratives, in dialogue with the historical holdings of the ROM’s Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada. Jones’ beautifuly crafted piece, a Victorian mourning dress made of synthetic hair, evokes the complexity of African identity when shaped by forces such as imperial rule, slavery and alienation.

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