Here Again, At the Crossroads is a public art exhibit that explores the historic transit hub of Union Station as a site of constant movement and change. Every day, thousands of people transverse the hallways of Canada’s largest train station, marking a stop on their journey to familiar places or new beginnings. In this fluid space of the in-between, as a site of neither beginnings nor endings, three contemporary artists – Jayda Marley, Jordan Sook and Andre Wagner – have been brought together to create work that invites audiences to consider their positions and actions in this current political moment.
As we stand against the backdrop of world-wide protests and a global outpouring of support for the Black Lives Matter movement, we are also all too aware of the divisive voices that continue to express hate, discrimination and incite violence against Black people.
A crossroad is a point at which a crucial decision must be made, and has the potential to have far-reaching consequences. Here Again, At the Crossroads explores the unintended continuity of our constant arrival and departure from this critical juncture.
Each artist explores what it means to be arriving at yet another point in our collective histories, where everyone is being called on to defend Black lives. The current social climate has challenged our society—bringing us to a critical point in addressing how, and why, anti-Black racism continues to manifest in North America and beyond.
Jayda Marley’s revolutionary poetry explores notions of displacement and freedom and what it means to build cities that one feels they do not truly belong too. Through powerful black and white photography Andre Wagner reveals the nuances and vulnerabilities of being Black in America, while Jordan Sook’s monumental sculpture pays homage to the lives of Black railway porters, many of whom once walked these very halls. Together, their artwork intentionally asks
more questions than it answers, and our hope is, they serve as a catalyst for self-reflection.
Curated by: Alica Hall, Executive Director, Nia Centre for the Arts
Nia Centre is committed to supporting artists working across disciplines, and ranging in experience levels. Nia Centre strives to build the creative capacities and support the development of a healthy identity in Black youth. The team at Nia Centre are committed to connecting community members to artistic and cultural experiences, year-round.Learn more–
Union is committed to reflecting the diversity of Canadians through our multidisciplnary programming vision. Union celebrates creativity, diversity and inclusion through free arts and cultural events that showcase the best of Toronto.Learn more–
TD is a purpose-driven Bank, committed to enriching the lives of its Customers, Colleagues and Communities. This purpose guides everything we do and our continued commitment to helping create a more equitable tomorrow for all. We are coming together at a time in which Black people and allies around the globe are questioning whether the protests of last summer inspired lasting change. While we have made many important steps over the years, we must do more. TD is proud to support Here Again, At the Crossroads, to inspire self-reflection and dialogue on the kind of future we are all striving for.Learn more–