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January 17 – February 28, 2020

Opening Reception

January 24, 6:00-8:00 pm

Artist Talk

February 8, 2:00-4:00 pm


Tangled Art Gallery S-122, 401 Richmond St. W Toronto


About the Exhibition

‘Hidden’ explores intergenerational trauma [hauntology], isolation and lived experiences of Black artists with hidden disabilities. What is hidden is kept concealed, and what is concealed is done to hide our uniqueness. As we navigate through unwelcome spaces that create exclusion and anxiety, we recognize how ableism, according to Dustin P. Gibson’s definition, is an “anti-black system that assigns value based on our ability to produce profit, excel and behave, and enforces a false idea of normalcy.” But we find each other in spite of invisibility, concealment and what is hidden. We strengthen each other by centering our communities from the peripheries, celebrating our shared spaces, ideas and experiences with other like-minded individuals.

Through our intersectional approach to disability arts, we reject single narratives of disability. Our collective understanding of disability is one that is political and relational. As we begin to uncover what is hidden, we move towards a rich and vibrant diversity of movements that work to confront our own cultural priorities.

Even though our practices are different, each artist adds to the exhibition in unique ways that results into a powerful show. We are stronger together than separately.



Tamyka Bullen (Artist)

Tamyka Bullen is a Deaf artist and performer. As a social justice advocate, she has volunteered and worked with youth, deaf women, immigrant and LGBTQ communities. In 2015, she performed her poetry for the first time at a Toronto subway station — an experience which gave her the confidence to perform in RARE Theatre’s latest production After the Blackout. Created by Judith Thompson — winner of the Governor General’s Award, Order of Canada and Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award — the play brings together a cast of artists who are deaf, blind or living with brain injury or lost limbs.

Peter Owusu-Ansah (Artist)

Born in Ghana, Peter Owusu-Ansah is an observer, thinker and visual artist. Because he is Deaf, seeing is how he captures the joy of life. For years, he observed the arts from throughout history. He had always been wondering what is next. That’s what he seeks and find through just being creative. His practice has included painting, photography and pop-art. In 2009, Peter drowned in colorful pixels that he discovered when he zoomed in one of his pop art work. He had been living and playing with them as well as developing a deep connection with them. Some of his earliest color works was selected to be included in the exhibition, “Flourishing: SOMEHOW WE STAY ATTUNED”, in September 2018 by Tangled Art Gallery. He lives and works in Toronto.

Kyisha Williams (Artist)

Kyisha Williams is a Black, queer, femme artist and health promoter. Her mediums are filmmaking, acting, and dance. Kyisha works to accurately portray the realities of these communities on-screen. Kyisha fuses her experience as a health promoter with her work as an artist, creating socially relevant content that discusses health and promotes healthy sexuality and consent culture. She has acted in over 10 short films and enjoys stage and site management.

Gloria C Swain  (Artist and Curator)

Gloria C. Swain is a multidisciplinary Black fem artist, social justice activist, researcher, seniors’ rights and mental health advocate and writer. Swain works within the mediums of installation, painting, performance and photography to challenge systemic oppression against Black women and trans folks. Her work explores and connects past traumas of slavery to ongoing colonial violence and Black mental health. Gloria’s work has been exhibited throughout Toronto. Her writings have been included in Cultivate Feminism, the Peak Magazine, Marvelous Grounds and the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. In 2016, she was the artist-in-residence at Tangled Art + Disability. Swain holds a certificate in Community Arts Practice and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University.


Tangled Art Gallery is in a barrier-free location. Audio description will be available for the exhibit. We will have ASL interpreters and attendant care present during public engagements. Service animals are welcome. We request that you help us to make this a scent-free environment. The exhibition and related events are free to attend.