Gordon Shadrach

An exploration of the semiotics of clothing, gaze, and black expression.

WORDS BY MACENZIE REBELO & MICHAEL ZARATHUS-COOK

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TORONTO — VISUAL ARTS — Issue 8

In the recent exhibit by Gordon Shadrach—entitled Trade, presented by United Contemporary Gallery—the Toronto-based painter explores the semiotics of clothing and Black masculinity. Shadrach compares the historic attire of African diasporic peoples to present-day basketball jerseys, highlighting the parallels between Black soldiers and the modern athlete. Shadrach also collaborated with artists Karin Jones and Damian Jöel in the November 2021 exhibit History is Rarely Black or White. Like Trade, History combines visual art and fashion to examine colonial history and Black heritage. Both exhibits illuminate the oppression of Black culture, expression, and prosperity.

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From "Trade" by Gordon Shadrach

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