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Item Name: Photograph
Title: Anchored
Maker: Liz Ikiriko
Year: 2018
Materials: colour photograph on hahnemuehle (framed).
Measurements: 27"x40"
ID Number: PC2021.1

Extended Label Info: This photograph was included in the 2019 Dunlop Art Gallery exhibition Flags of Unsung Countries, which charts Liz Ikiriko’s journey to understand her late father’s experiences as an African immigrant living in the Canadian prairies. Her work brings to the forefront issues surrounding identity, cultural representation, and what it means to belong. Documenting places in Nigeria and Canada that hold meaning for the artist and her father, Ikiriko traces similar geographical shifts as others who have been separated from their ancestral homelands. In these photos, boundaries between the past and present are reimagined, as are questions about how belonging to a place is created, defined, or dismantled. The addition of Ikiriko’s photographs marks the first collection of a Black artist’s work to the RPL Permanent Collection. Liz Ikiriko is an independent curator, photo editor and photographer. She recently received her MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University (2019) presenting thesis exhibition The Break, The Wake, The Hold, The Breath with Circuit Gallery at Prefix ICA. Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan - she now lives and works in Toronto with her husband and 2 kids. Originating from Regina, Liz Ikiriko has been immersed in the media arts community in Toronto for the past 13 years. Ikiriko has worked on national publications Toronto Life, Macleans, Canadian Business, AWAY magazine, and the Ethnic Aisle. As an independent curator she has exhibited across Canada, worked with artists internationally, facilitated workshops with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, has been published in Public Journal, MICE Magazine, Akimbo and teaches at Ryerson University. Her work is centered on addressing marginalized histories and foregrounding platforms for underprivileged artists. She is committed to the creation of experiential, socially engaged art accessible to a wide public.