Salt Of The Earth

Salt Of The Earth

Bishara Elmi

October 26 – November 25, 2017

In Salt of the Earth, Bishara Elmi [Toronto] explores the constant negotiation of “home space” as a refugee and displaced person. Dirt is the central material that Elmi works with; identifying how this element is loaded with multiple meanings and histories that span across continents to the artist’s homeland in Africa. This new installation is comprised of symbolic domestic objects made from earth collected throughout Elmi’s life. The sense of stability these familiar objects convey are in contrast to the material’s ephemeral nature. The dirt sculptures Elmi labours over in the making of this work could fall apart at any moment within the installation, and home could cease to exist.

Bishara Elmi

Bishara Elmi is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, educator, filmmaker, performance artist and public speaker working in visual forms and with numerous materials and creative processes. Elmi works with collectives centering Black, Muslim and Racialized women to create alternative understandings of history, geography, and race, as counterpoint to homophobia/transphobia and gender violence, as well as engaging various youth groups and nonprofits; recognizing that throughout all of these interactions, what connects them is the shaping of space for storytelling, skill sharing, critically unpacking and examining their lived realities.