Less than three weeks into January and our calendar is looking pretty full. We have a lot of new dope things around the corner for 2017; this is one of them. We just launched a WordPress blog to share with you monthly updates on what’s coming up in ÉZÈ Studio.
Excited? We thought you’d be.
You may be wondering about the reason for the title. Well, for our first post, we want to share with you a project we’ve had in the works for weeks. Something we plan to reveal at our first live event for Black History Month in Canada.
On Thursday, February 23rd, ÉZÈ Studio will be hosting BLT Winnipeg: Black Leaders of Tomorrow at the Fleet Galleries on Albert St.
When it comes to black history, it’s common for us to look to past leaders and social activists. At BLT Winnipeg, we want to flip that concept and look to those in the present day. With this event, our goal is to showcase different black leaders, artists, and social advocates. In our city, there are creators and artists from different cultures and backgrounds who use their skills to make a difference. BLT Winnipeg is about showcasing people of colour (POC) making a positive impact and knowing how we can support one another going forward.
The #4WordProject is just one of the many black art projects that will be featured at BLT Winnipeg this February. For the past several weeks we had scheduled photo shoots on Sunday afternoons. The idea was to come together for a creative project but also take some time to connect as a community. We took portrait photographs of each person who came. We shot in monochrome so they would be all be black and white. The idea is to showcase diversity within black people, reclaiming how we are defined while showing what makes us connected. Each photo is captioned by the person in the photo. The reason for the hashtag 4WordProject was because we gave each person only four words to use as their caption. It goes like this:
World – How do you define your nationality?
Ex. African-Canadian, Zimbabwean, Euro-Jamaican, etc.
Occupation – What defines your career?
Ex. Lawyer, Teacher, Accountant, Musician, Student, etc.
Relationships – Most significant person in your life & your relationship to them.
Ex. If Grandmother, then your word is Grandchild, Grandson or Granddaughter
Definition – One word that means the most to you about life.
Ex. Honesty, Courage, Laughter, Family, Love, Adversity, etc.
Through this outline, people selected their four words for their photo. The words people from the community have selected have been inspiring. Not to reveal too much (You got to come to see the full collection) here’s an example of one person’s four words:
In case you didn’t notice, the first letter of each of those words spells “word.” Hence the term 4WordProject. Also, “4Word” means to move “forward” together. Through this processes, there’s been tremendous love and support from countless individuals. It’s not only spread the word about EZE Studio and BLT Winnipeg but the significance in what makes us unique and united as POC.
Personally, I want to thank everyone who took the time to be involved. There’s plenty more to be seen at BLT Winnipeg come Feb. 23rd. Tickets will be available soon!
Kelechi P. Asagwara, Co-Founder & Visual Director