Making visible the mundane tenderness of Black experiences

An award-winning poet, photographer and performer, wãni toaishara takes ArtsHub through his latest exhibition centring ‘mundane’ Black experiences.

The solo exhibition from wãni toaishara, The uncanny and the magnificent, opens at Wyndham Art Gallery with recent photographic works, powerful installations and video works that contrast Anti-Black violence with beauty and softness.

The Congolese artist – who grew up in New Zealand and is now based in Melbourne – took ArtsHub on a tour before the crowd flocked in on opening night (Wednesday 29 March).

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_