• GEM LAB

Black Political Making

A screening and conversation between filmmaker Esery Mondesir and writer/curator Nataleah Hunter-Young on Black aesthetics, praxis, and resistance. Drawing on their own practice, Mondesir and Hunter-Young will also discuss the ways that creative processes can function as and through an ethic of radical care across the Black Atlantic.

//Thursday, April 8th @ 2PM

//Online Event

//Registration through Eventbrite


ESERY MONDESIR is a Haitian-born video artist and filmmaker. He was a high school teacher and a labour organizer before receiving an MFA in cinema production from York University (Toronto) in 2017. Mondesir’s work draws from personal and collective memory, official archives and vernacular records, and the everyday to suggest a reading of our society from its margins. His films, which explore migration and exile as sites of identity formation as well as cultural resistance, have been exhibited in Canada and internationally. Mondesir currently lives in Toronto and teaches at OCAD University.


NATALEAH HUNTER-YOUNG is a writer, film curator, and Ph.D. candidate in Communication and Culture at Ryerson and York Universities. A Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, her doctoral research explores the socio-cultural impacts of social media videos documenting anti-Black police brutality and their representations in contemporary art. At the Toronto International Film Festival, Nataleah is international associate programmer for Africa, the Middle East and Black Diaspora. She has also supported festival programming for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa. To find her recent writing visit Canadian Art Magazine, Xtra Magazine, the Gardiner Museum, and issue #58 of PUBLIC: Arts | Culture | Ideas, which she also co-edited. Nataleah was born to two and raised by many in Toronto.



IMAGE: Still from Sammy, Esery Mondesir, 2016.