Deanna Bowen: ON TRIAL The Long Doorway

@ 7:00pm

A Black legal aide lawyer is assigned to represent a young white student who has assaulted a fellow student/rising Black athlete. ON TRIAL The Long Doorway by Deanna Bowen brings her critical recreation of The Long Doorway, the 1956 CBC teledrama by Canadian screenwriter Stanley Mann to the cinema screen. This screening will be followed by a talk by Bowen, taking up familial connection points and a passion for uncovering repressed histories and traumas of Black and White Canadian histories.

A screening and discussion of Deanna Bowen’s edited cut of ON TRIAL: The Long Doorway was held on April 11. An installation of the work is on view at Western Front from April 12 to June 16, concurrent to the exhibition A Harlem Nocturneon view at the Contemporary Art Gallery.  ON TRIAL: The Long Doorway was commissioned and produced through a partnership between the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver and Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, Toronto, and produced with support of a Media Arts Residency at Western Front.


Artist Biography

Deanna Bowen is a Toronto based interdisciplinary artist whose practice examines race, migration, historical writing, and authorship. In recent years, her work has involved rigorous examination of her family lineage and their connections to the Black Prairie pioneers of Alberta and Saskatchewan, the Creek Negroes and All-Black towns of Oklahoma, the extended Kentucky/Kansas Exoduster migrations, and the Ku Klux Klan. The artistic products of this research were presented most recently at SAVVY Contemporary, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Mercer Union, a centre for Contemporary Art; The Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, the Royal Ontario Museum of Art, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She has also received several awards in support of her artistic practice including a 2018 Canada Council Concept to Realization Grant, 2017 New Chapter Grant; Ontario Arts Council Media Arts Grant, 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and the 2014 William H. Johnson Prize. Her upcoming solo exhibition A Harlem Nocturne, opens at the Contemporary Art Gallery April 4, 2019.