In conversation with Josué Azor at Visibility, a two-day AGO symposium (Dec 3 and 4) presented in partnership with Aperture magazine, bringing together artists, writers and scholars working with photography and image culture to consider the potentials and limits of the medium as a vehicle for empathy, agency, and freedom, both individual and collective.

A Dark Horse in Low Light: Black Visuality and the Aesthetics of Analogue Photography, a public talk at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography on November 9th, in dialogue with Yaniya Lee.

Parade of Champions: The Failure of Black Queer Grief, nominated by Transition Magazine for the 2018 Pushcart Prize


The Idea of History
, a panel conversation presented by Canadian Art at Art Toronto on October 28th at 6:00pm, with Deanna Bowen and Yaniya Lee, and moderated by Merray Gerges.

Parade of Champions: The Failure of Black Queer Grief, essay and images, featured in the fall issue of Transition Magazine, launching October 27th at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA.

Reviewed the AGO exhibition, Free Black North, for the Fall 2017 issue of Canadian Art, launching on September 23rd at Scrap Metal

Parade of Champions on view in a solo exhibition, opening on September 16th and running until October 21st, 2017 at at Studio XX in Montreal, in partnership with Videographe.

Ricky Varghese’s essay on Parade of Champions, published in the fall issue of esse arts + opinions magazine.

Joining Ryerson MFA in Documentary Media program as a contract lecturer, teaching Topics in Cross-Cultural Communication, a course exploring contemporary documentary practices and aesthetic strategies employed by Indigenous, racialized, feminist and LGBT media artists and filmmakers to communicate alternate discourses and diverse perspectives.

Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer, an anthology by Coach House Books, short-listed for Toronto Book Awards.

Featured in Light Grows the Tree, an online project and exhibition at BAND Gallery documenting a community of black artists, writers, curators and collectors in Toronto. Curated by Liz Ikiriko, and featuring photographs by Liz, Yannick Anton, Ebti Nabag and Dainesha Nugent-Palache.

In pre-production for a new video installation, Suck Teeth Compositions (After Rashaad Newsome). More info available at

JULY 2017

Selected for the 2017 Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency, which unfortunately was postponed to 2018 due to floods on the Toronto Islands.

JUNE 2017
EMILIA-AMALIA chapbooks launch at the Toronto Art Book Fair, featuring my short essay, I Am Not Here to Be Who I Already Am

Reading an excerpt from Red Spot Nights and joining a panel discussion on the anthology Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer at Toronto Reference Library

Black Men and Me screens
in 7a*md8 On-Screen, a collection of performances designed specifically for the camera by local, national and international artists.

Black Men and Me
screens in CFMDC’s Local Heroes Retrospective at Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival. 

MAY 2017

Reconstructing Blackness: Michèle Pearson Clarke on Portraiture and Identity, a workshop at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography on May 9th

Red Spot Nights, a short personal essay published in Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer, an anthology by Coach House Books

APRIL 2017
I’m Thinking of Ending Things, commissioned by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery and on view in the exhibition, Visitor Information, curated by Linda Jansma and Jayne Wilkinson, opening April 29th and running until September 19th, 2017 at the RMG in Oshawa.

Recipient of Ontario Arts Council Visual Arts Project grant

MARCH 2017
All That is Left Unsaid on view in the exhibition, Fugitive Desires, curated by Chandra Frank and opening on March 3rd and running until April 28th, 2017 at 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning in London, UK

DMG/Studio Visit Artist Lecture, March 16th at Doris McCarthy Gallery, Scarborough, ON

All That is Left Unsaid screens at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, March 21st-26th

All That is Left Unsaid on view in the exhibition, All That is left unsaid / at the very point where words fail us, curated by Sally Frater and opening on February 24th and running until April 8th, 2017 at Centre [3] for Print and Media Arts in Hamilton

Commissioned writer for EMILIA-AMALIA Session VII: How to Ask a Question, part of a series produced by an exploratory working group that employs practices of citation, annotation, and autobiography as modes of activating feminist art, writing and research practices.


It’s Good to Be Needed on view in the exhibition, Universal Loss, opening on January 21st and running until February 18th, 2017 at Gallery 101 in Ottawa