I am happy here, now (2018)

December 4-15, 2018

Closing Reception:
December 15, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Expansion Space:
Toronto Media Arts Centre, 32 Lisgar St., Toronto

Resilience, strength, and the determination to make things better mark the stories of “I am happy here, now”. As a culmination of Media Art for Newcomer Youth (MANY), the exhibition presents the independent works of nine newcomer youth from Nigeria, Sudan, Syria, and Iraq. In these projects, youth explore how they negotiate their sense of self during a time of rapid change, adolescence and (re)settlement.

MANY in 2018 was a five-month pilot program of ours with Charles Street Video. It reduced barriers to media art creation, supported youth through tailored workshops and one-on-one mentoring by culturally affiliated artists, and worked towards promoting the capabilities that youth value.


Bayan Abdelkarim
Chioma Okogbue
Jesse West
Majd Alsheblaq
Mary Osuiwu
Pelumi Kehinde
Reem Zeyada
Temyy Ibikunle
Zahraa Wohaib

Artist Mentors

Ebti Nabag
Jawa El Khash
Daniel Ousta Jabbour

MANY is supported through Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding.