Daniele Dennis‘ artwork is currently on view now at the Younger than Beyonce Gallery in Toronto and you need to see it. Before I get into the list, I want to say that the YTB Gallery has really been gaining traction since opening as a nomadic gallery a couple of years ago. I had never heard of a nomadic gallery in Toronto before YTB coined the concept. In Toronto, where affordable gallery space (and living space!) is increasingly a problem, it just makes sense to bypass the entire system and create something that has no place, yet is placed everywhere.
The exhibition’s take on feminism didn’t really do it for me, but Daniele’s work was amazing. In the video performance work, she covers her entire body in cotton candy then proceeds to eat it off bit by bit. After a while, devouring so much sugar becomes sickening, not only for the performer, but also as a viewer. There are some parallels to draw between this process and the process of internalizing the “Angry Black Woman” stereotype. I thought about this stereotype and found this post by Black Girl Dangerous which shows just how problematic it is to take on these roles. Daniele’s work shows the gradual deterioration that can happen. See it for yourself while it’s here. Let me know what you think.