It’s real because it happened
Artist Residency: Summer 2021
Exhibition: November 4 - December 11, 2021
June 18 - July 24, 2022
Curated by Christina Oyawale, IT’S REAL BC IT HAPPENED is an exhibition and artist residency featuring Deion Squires-Rouse and Ajeuro Abala, curated by Christina Oyawale. Over the summer months, Christina, Deion, and Ajeuro collaborated in a workspace that provided them the space and resources to expand their research; creating an iterative exhibition that explores ideological frameworks around self-portraiture, perception, and what counts as “real”. Deion and Ajeuro investigated their own practices through photographing each other and themselves while working with Christina to fully explore conversations around the act of transformative justice in the arts; creating spaces for oneself rather than waiting to be accepted into institutional space. The results were then shown in an exhibition in the fall.
Deion's contribution was shown as a part of Indexing Resistance: The Blood and Guts of Queer Protest in Canada, at The Plumb, in the summer of 2022.