do u feel me?
do u feel me?
Do we vibe? Do you understand? Do you feel my flesh pressed against your flesh? In a moment where touch is forbidden, yet one longs more than ever to be held, an exchange between two subjects highlights white ambivalence and how the embodied difference between Blackness and whiteness reinforces the chasms between us.
Jessica Karuhanga is a Canadian Ugandan-British artist whose work addresses issues of cultural politics of identity and Black Diasporic concerns through lens-based technologies, writing, drawing and performances. Through her practice she explores individual and collective concerns of Black subjectivity - illness, rage, joy, grief, desire and the longing within the context of Black embodiment.
She has presented her work at SummerWorks Lab, Toronto (2020), The Bentway, Toronto (2019), Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2018), Onsite Gallery, Toronto (2018), Museum London, London (2018), and Goldsmiths, London, UK (2017). Her writing has been published by C Magazine, Susan Hobbs Gallery, BlackFlash and Fonderie Darling. She has been featured in AGO's Artist Spotlight, i-D, DAZED, Visual Aids, Border Crossings, Toronto Star, CBC Arts, filthy dreams, Globe and Mail and Canadian Art. She earned her BFA from Western University and MFA from University of Victoria. She lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
The Bows would like to thank the Calgary Foundation for their contribution to this project.