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Black Ark

As Part of ArtworxTO
Presented by City of Toronto
Photo of Oluseye Ogunlesi by Josh Rille

Black Ark

Date & Time

June 9 September 5 EDT

Begins June 9 and runs until September 5, 2022

Interactive Art


1561 Lake Shore Blvd E
Toronto, ON M4L 3W6 Canada
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With Assistance from Linda Chu and John Donald

 A vessel. A threshold. A space for reflection.  

Nigerian Canadian artist Oluseye Ogunlesi explores Canada’s role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade through his installation Black Ark. Referencing the slave ships that were built in Canada, this cathedral-like structure invites you into the hull of a ship, creating passage and revealing the fractured and erased history of enslavement in Canada.  Built of wood, metal and found materials, Black Ark is an invitation to look back and move forward. 

Creative Team

Production Team

Kafi Pierre, Producer (Luminato)
Rufai Toluwalase, Designer
Production Canada, Fabrication Team

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