The Moving Art Gallery shines a light on black women in the arts with GirlShow – Apartment613

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With art, you will never run out of combinations of emotions and ways to express them to create a masterpiece. It’s something the viewer will interpret based on their own life, but also the artist wanted it to be seen through a specific lens. Either way, the art is there for everyone.

In collaboration with the series of musical events Expressions, The moving art gallery opens the door to all art lovers in the Ottawa-Gatineau area for the first annual GirlShow at Dayvan Studio on October 1, 2022, from 5-10 p.m.

Sandra Ngenge Dusabe is a painter, curator of GirlShow and founder of The Moving Art Gallery, which she launched in 2020 and has been hosting virtual events ever since to shine a light on black women in the arts. She works as a programmer and cultural developer at non-profit music broadcaster Debaser and is currently working on her BFA at the University of Ottawa.

GirlShow poster. Photo provided.

“GirlShow is the first in-person group art exhibition presented by The Moving Art Gallery, an art community that brings together black and female visual artists,” says Dusabe. “We believe in decentralizing the way art is exhibited in the nation’s capital, making it accessible and casual in order to reach a wider audience. On this show, viewers can expect to see incredible artwork in person, accompanied by music from talented local DJs.

The exhibition features artists from Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, each demonstrating their style through various mediums. There are digital works by Zandra Jack (she/her), Alice Aterman (her/her) and Bliss Mutanda (all pronouns). Dorota Babiakova (her) will present oil on canvas, as will Meghan Blaze (her) who will also present acrylic on paper. Thirsta Sémadjuste (she/she) will present works in Indian ink on paper, Emily Lombardo (she/she) will present sculpture and Brooke Shaw (she/she) will bring poetry and photography to the exhibition.

“GirlShow was born from an idea; what is it like to make art as a girl? said Dusabe. “Following a proposal from fellow artist and peer DJ Seiiizi, I invited women art-makers I admire to be part of this project, focusing on those who inhabit the intersection of darkness and femininity. This fair aims to bring people from all backgrounds and walks of life together to see art, in a fun and casual way.


GirlShow takes place October 1, 2022 at Dayvan Studio, 1417 Cyrville Rd, from 5-10 p.m. Participants can register for free via Eventbrite.


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