Christina Oyawale (b. 2000) is a Toronto-born self-proclaimed “anarchist punk boy” and emerging multi-hyphenate artist, graphic designer, researcher + curator, based in Treaty No. 1 Territory. Oyawale holds a BFA in Photography from Image Arts at Toronto Metropolitan University and currently is an MFA candidate at University of Manitoba for Fine Arts. Working with film, photography and text, they use memories, shared Black feminist history and knowledge sharing in order to create work that emphasises curiosity of learning and documenting the importance of slowness. Currently they are attempting to break free from the expected and frequent uses of identity politics under our current neo-liberalist society, that requires marginalized people to sell their identity in exchange for “visibility” in the art world and academia.

Their work and research attempts to foster communal conversation surrounding capitalism, anti-Black racism, queer-/trans-phobia and ableism. Many of these socio-political conditions that they believe we should be fighting to dismantle. Their current research interests and musings surround: Social Reproduction Theory, the works of Angela Davis, Naomi Klein and Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, queer USSR and Black feminist disability theory.  

I acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. I would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council and the Government of Ontario for their support.

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