Narratives of the Underground Railroad

Narratives of the Underground Railroad
April 6-9, 2022
Satellite Project Space
121 Dundas St
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday 2:00-7:00pm, Saturday 12:00-5:00pm

The works in this exhibition grew out of an archival project the first-year SASAH students did in the Fall of 2021. The rare book library at Western has some thirteen autobiographies published in the 19th century by people who had been enslaved in the United States but escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad. For the project, the students were divided up into groups of two or three or students worked independently, and each group researched and responded to one of the autobiographies.
After reading the autobiographies, each group was to present the life of their author in any creative manner they wished. The results of their creative work are on display in the gallery.

Ana Milojevic
Anjali Kathir
Asha Saha
Ash Ecclestone
Ava Burtis
Claire Liu
Daniel Kime
Grace Dilawri
Gracie Longo
Jonas Bahn 
Jules Lee
Kate Armstrong
Katya O’Donnell
Lauren Knafelc
Lauren Bunch
Madyson Cooper
Maia Ross
Merdeka Miles
Naomi Ngobila
Paniz Vedavarz
Parsa Albeheshti
Promise Chen
Siobhan Kelly 
Sophia Heppenstall 
Summer Xu
Zoe Port

Asha Saha, Kathleena Henricus, and Naomi Ngobila, “Aunt Sally”
Bureau and assorted items, 2021
Approx. 12” x 12” x 18”
Zoe Port, Kate Armstrong, Julianne Lee ‘Levin Tilmon’, (detail)
collage, 2021
Approx. 11” x 18”