Panel: FEELS LIKE HOME
Join filmmaker Alicia K. Harris, writer and filmmaker Sharine Taylor, and photographer William Ukoh for a conversation about their work and approaches to storytelling, in conjunction with the exhibition Feels Like Home. Moderated by the AGO’s Emilie Croning with Sunday School creative director Josef Adamu, the panel will explore methods of storytelling that resonate with African, Caribbean and diasporic communities, and consider one of the exhibition’s guiding questions: What does “home” mean to you?
Alicia K. Harris is a filmmaker from Scarborough ON. She is best known for her short film PICK, which won Best Live Action Short at the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards and Best Short Film at the Miami Film Festival. Her upcoming directing credits include the inaugural episode of “Black Life,” a documentary series about Black Canadian history for CBC, and the pilot of Amazon’s “Beyond Black Beauty,” a narrative series about Black cowboys. Alicia is dedicated to celebrating the Black experience in her work, with a focus on authenticity, beauty, and spirituality.
Sharine Taylor is an award-winning music and culture writer, filmmaker, copywriter and emerging production designer. Sharine’s (she/her/hers) combined passions for writing, archiving, media creating and curating has informed her approach in editorializing and documenting the expansive and generative cultural production that takes place in the Caribbean, and how it materializes, transforms and takes up itself in different geographies. In 2019, Sharine made her directorial debut continuing her aspirations to share the narratives of people with Caribbean heritage. Tallawah Abroad: Remembering Little Jamaica is a short that explores how a neighbourhood in Toronto’s west end, affectionately known as Little Jamaica, fights to preserve its history and cultural legacy amidst gentrification. In 2021, the film was awarded ‘Best Direction in a Documentary Series’ from the Canadian Screen Academy. Sharine is the creative lead at o&m studio.
William Ukoh is a Photographer and Director whose images express a contemporary view of fashion, art, and culture. Currently based in Toronto, Canada, Ukoh’s work ties rich colors, textures, and movement together to illustrate a view of the world that he developed while living in Nigeria.
Presented by the Art Gallery of Ontario
Sunday School is a creative agency founded in Toronto by Josef Adamu in 2017 in an effort to offer unique perspectives through visual stories and experiences. Bringing together creatives from around the world, the agency aims to shed light on notions of identity, fashion and culture at the intersection of art and education. Sunday School has since gained international recognition for their many collaborations and projects, while actively pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling.