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Scotiabank Photography Award: Deanna Bowen. Black Drones in the Hive

Spring/Summer 2022
Main Gallery
Guest curator: Crystal Mowry, Director of Programs, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina

This exhibition celebrates the interventionist and visual practice of Montreal-based artist Deanna Bowen, winner of the 2021 Scotiabank Photography Award. Originally produced by Bowen under a commission from the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (KWAG), Black Drones in the Hive draws its title from an historic, bigoted insult aimed at a local Black journeyman, William Robinson, by a city official in Berlin, Ontario (now Kitchener) in the 1870s. Drawing materials from the KWAG’s permanent collection as well as local and international archives, Bowen clusters historic documents, illustrations and publications in a series of thematic constellations, weaving together narrative threads of migration, racist dispossession, entrenched power networks, and hierarchies of remembrance.

Organized by the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Circulated in partnership with the MacKenzie Art Gallery

Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council

Fig. 1

Deanna Bowen, installation view of Abolition in Black Drones in the Hive, 2020. Inkjet prints on archival paper. Courtesy of the artist and the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. Photo: Toni Hafkensheid.

Fig. 2

Deanna Bowen, C. Ainsworth Mitchell, Portrait of Two Will Wests, 2020. Inkjet print on archival paper. Courtesy of the artist and MKG127.

Fig. 3

Deanna Bowen, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” The Death of Uncle Tom, 2020. Inkjet print on archival paper. Courtesy of the artist and MKG127.

Scotiabank Photography Award: Deanna Bowen. Black Drones in the Hive