Zahra Siddiqui, Badshah and Malka #3, 2016. Image courtesy of Negarra A. Kudumu.

Zahra Siddiqui. Installation view, grid (2016). Image courtesy of Tamara Sylvester.

Zahra Siddiqui, Badshah and Malka #5. (2016). Image courtesy of Negarra A. Kudumu.

September 8 - October 31, 2016

Daniels Spectrum Hallway Gallery, Toronto, CA

The Invisible Majority is the first solo exhibition of Toronto-based, South Asian photographer, documenter and visual artist, Zahra Siddiqui. Siddiqui was born and raised in Toronto but has worked in the United States and the Caribbean, where over the past five years her photography career has blossomed. 

Core to Siddiqui’s practice is mindfulness and working from this point of departure is what allows her to tease out the intrinsic, aesthetic value within her subjects. In a time where people of colour are increasingly maligned, the beauty that Siddiqui captures stands in stark contrast to a single, problematic narrative. Where the status quo paints people of color as aggressive and marginalized, Siddiqui portraits have a transformative power, which demands our respect and reverence for her subjects.

The work on display in this exhibition constitutes a small portion of the artist’s oeuvre to-date, but stands in tribute to the communities of people who constitute home for Siddiqui, no matter where they are: New York City, or Trinidad & Tobago. Toronto holds special significance, in part because it is Siddiqui’s hometown, but also because of its position as one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Siddiqui’s work connects us to the actual composition of this multicultural metropolis, thus distilling a grand pronouncement into an intimate, visual narrative.

Organized by Artscape, and conceived of by curator Elle Aconcel with guest curator Negarra A. Kudumu, this exhibition is a celebration of community, but moreover an exaltation of the diverse hues of melanated people.


Meet the Artist Bringing Faces of Colour Out of the Shadows, Vice Magazine, October 27, 2016