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SELF: PORTRAIT by WE Artists’ Collective
By Pam Burnside
Jul 5, 2019 - 11:58:56 AM

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Doongalik Studios will open a new group show from 6-9pm on Thursday, July 18 entitled “Self: Portrait” featuring the work of four members of the newly formed WE Artists’ Collective of  Xan Xi, Amaani Hepburn, Edward Zemaye, and Thomas Hairston who “are a Caribbean based Artist’s Collective seeking to make sense of our lives, and fulfil our duty as artists in this space. WE are looking to understand ourselves and each other within the context of our shared history, and shared experiences- both traumas and triumphs.”

The artists’ group states that:  “To create a self-portrait, one must first understand what the self is. This project is about exploring and understanding self, and each other. Are we not reflections of each other, isn’t our community a collective self, don’t we define ourselves within a context, within a time, within a space?


“To know self, we must acknowledge the divine in all of us. There is nothing more personal, more elevating than a portrait of a person. Every [one] deserves to be seen, loved, and wholly acknowledged in all of our glory and even all of our banality. This is what makes us human- the need for self-validation, and self-actualization (at both personal and community levels). To be able to recognize power, beauty, and even struggle - the struggle to live, or to just exist (free) is important.

“We are exploring humanity, exploring the soul and bringing self to the fore in an age old way, through the portrait. We are looking at what we know, what we see but what we still struggle to comprehend- the self.  This project says: I am he, she, We; This is My-Self: Portrait.”


Patrons can expect to see a variety of themes, techniques and styles of art in this exhibition such as collage art, painting, photography, and charcoal drawings which will be on display until 4pm on Tuesday, July 30.

Gallery hours are Monday to Wednesday from 10am – 4pm. For more information contact the gallery at 394-1886 or my email at pam.burnside@doongalik.com.

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