This workshop will address the multiple ways in which the medium of photography, specifically the portrait photograph, enables Black-identifying individuals to visually contest degrading portrayals of Blackness. We will explore how to reclaim stolen agency in producing depictions of self throughout the media and popular culture. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to discuss and share their work/approaches to portraiture.
Anthony Gebrehiwot is an award winning visual artist, photographer and community leader whose creative lens re-visions photography as an ongoing dialogue of social change between subject and society.
A self-taught artist and photographer, Gebrehiwot founded XvXy-photo in 2014 focusing on studio portraiture. To date, he has worked with several notable brands such as Nike, Royal Bank of Canada, Vice Canada, Absolute, Hudson Bay, The City of Toronto and Linkedin to name a few. His work has been featured in over thirty local and international publications such as the Star, the Globe and Mail, PAPER Magazine, Elle UK and Yahoo Lifestyle.