2015 Project

Marlon Griffith Publication


Artist: Marlon Griffith

Partner: agYU

PIA partnered with the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) to support the publication of Ring of Fire, by Trinidadian born, Japan based processional artist, Marlon Griffith.

A 2010 Guggenheim Fellow recipient, Marlon’s social-based art practice explores participatory forms of cultural expression from the Americas – Carnival, pow wow, dance, capoeira, and spoken word. Ring of Fire was a 300-person strong street procession, which took place on Sunday, 9 August 2015 along University Avenue, from Queens Park to City Hall.  The project was created in collaboration with disability dancers from Picasso PRO and Equal Grounds, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, athletes from Capoeira Angôla, and Spoken Word poets from Jane-Finch, Malvern, and Regent Park. Ring of Fire is organized around the Anishinaabe Seven Grandfather Teachings: Wisdom, Courage, Respect, Honesty, Humility, Truth, and Love

In 2017 the publication took home three OAAG (Ontario Association of Art Galleries) awards: in addition to winning for ART BOOK, curator Emilie Chhangur’s essay won the Major Curatorial Writing Award, and Gabriel Levine’s commissioned essay for the book won honourable mention for art writing.