Photo credit: Karimah Gheddai
Each month, we feature an artist who caught our attention. They could be in theatre, film, music or visual art. The point is we think they’re kick ass and you should know who they are.
Whipper Snapper Gallery recently named Anique Jordan, the Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist, writer, scholar and award-winning social entrepreneur, their Executive Director. At the young age of 19, Jordan founded one of Toronto’s first for-youth-by-youth social enterprises working with over 100 young entrepreneur. Her artwork plays with the aesthetics found in traditional Trinidadian carnival and theories of hauntology to challenging historical narratives and create, what she calls, impossible images. Jordan is guided by the questions, ‘what stories do we tell that go unchallenged?’, ‘how many ways can we know a thing?’. She has been mentored by internationally recognized dub poet d’bi. young anitafrika, theatre artist and scholar Honor Ford-Smith and poet Christine Craig. Jordan’s work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Gallery 44, Crossroads Artspace and The Watah Gallery. She is currently working on the manuscript for first book, Possessed: Black Women, Hauntology and Art as Survival. Visit Whipper Snapper Gallery at 594b Dundas St. West.
Artist & Executive Director at Whippersnapper Gallery
Instagram: I do not have an instagram account but you can email me and I’ll send you photos of my meals
Twitter: @aniquejordan slowly learning the ropes. Feel free to get in touch!
6 things you can’t live without:
Seasonal fruit (S/O to the melon family)
Play and humour
An audacious belief in Possibility
What’s the best show you’ve seen recently?
I’ve recently become enthralled in TV shows about everyday people (typically a group of friends) who, through some magical act of the universe, acquire a superhuman power. The sheroes journey is so important to me and I fall in love with the thought that everything we are is capable of surpassing the confinements of the ‘human’ which is a particularly transformative idea for those for whom humanity has been denied.
Shows like: 4400, The 100, Touch, The Returned and Stranger Things
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Well, Ive always been involved in many many things at once. Right now, however, my main focus is on producing exceptional art and being an incredible leader and visionary at Whippersnapper Gallery. As of this moment, these are the most important things to me. I am most interested in badassery in these roles to show young people, particularly young Black womxn, what it looks like to believe in ones dreams, purpose, intuition – whatever your call it – I want to be another example who says, you and who you want to be is important.
Most memorable moment of your career thus far?
Graduating grad school and having a solo exhibition of the work and questions I had toiled through over 3 years and being interviewed, on stage, with family and friends surrounding me, by mentor and teacher, Dr. Honor Ford-Smith. I felt, for the first time, what she had been telling me all along, “you are an artist and you can do this work”.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be and why?
Because I would be searching for something that I wasn’t, because I couldn’t/didn’t believe I could be.
What advice do you have for people who want to get where you are?
Pretend there is no other option, and quickly it becomes a reality.
Industry shout out — who does it go to?
I would like to shout out brilliant coffee painter and portrait artist, Andrenne Finnikin, she is actually just ridiculous, anyone reading this should be googling her. I also want to shout out artist Amber Williams-King, an artist who is literally gifted at every medium she touches.