Humber welcomes “The Breath of Distance”

by | Mar 20, 2019 | A&E

Ashley Radcliffe News Reporter

Humber College’s North Campus hosted a new exhibition that celebrates the school’s diversity.

In celebration of Black History Month, Humber College brings these art installations to uplift the many cultures that are within the Humber community.

The exhibit, known as The Breath of Distance, encourages the audience to question how people ended up where they are today.

Humber’s diverse community has inspired the exhibit to push boundaries, and encourage others to think about how their families have migrated to Canada.

This exhibition includes various art forms created by Toronto based artists such as Amber Williams-King, Melisse Watson, Charlene Vickers, and Shellie Zhang.

Amber Williams-King’s art installation at the Humber Galleries on North campus. (Ashley Radcliffe)

These artists have hosted exhibits in many cities’ such as Montreal, Brazil, China, Switzerland, Netherlands, and currently at both Humber North and Lakeshore campuses.

Antiguan artist Williams-King said her art expresses the topic of love within the black community, which is the overall message behind her installation.

“My art and the history of our community is about love, resilience, and survival. It’s about finding new and different ways of just being in a world that hasn’t always been kind and open to us” said Williams-King.

Toronto artist Melisse Watson showcases her artwork at the Humber Galleries at North campus. (Ashley Radcliffe)

These artists have used their art to explore their ancestry, and it express the many places they have come from. Williams-King expresses the need for unity, and referring back to oneself’s roots through the Breath of Distance installation.

Artist and community counsellor Melisse Watson shares how her detachment from her roots, has put her in a place to sympathize with people who are just like her. This detachment has inspired her to make that connection once again, and display it through her artwork.

“I wanted to share the journey of reconnecting with my roots,” Watson said. “I can relate as a person who has been really disconnected, from primarily those who have also been separated from lineages.

“I wanted to send a message to anyone who might see my work, and let them know that they are not alone,” she said.

Amber Williams-King’s art installation at the Humber Galleries on North campus. (Ashley Radcliffe)

The art on display is expressed through various forms of artwork such as photography, sculptures, videography.

The installation shows a strong representation of the many cultures in the Humber community, and students and faculty may relate to the artwork on display.

The Breath of Distance will be on display at Humber College North Space until April 5 at Humber’s Galleries.