For the month of July 2019, artist Jalani Morgan researched, developed, and produced 9 Bats, an exhibition featuring a large-scale installation and series of photographs that provided a ficto-history documenting and filling in some gaps to provide content and representation for Black communities. Jalani was able to access UofT Scarborough’s woodshop and technicians for production, as well as the library for ongoing research.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jalani Morgan is an established Toronto based photographer, visual historian and photo editor of West End Phoenix. Morgan is known for his editorial, documentary work, and his photos are in major collections both nationally and internationally. Jalani’s creative work explores visual representation within a Black Canadian context and focuses on documenting and portraying images of Black life both in Canada and internationally. As a commissioned photographer, Jalani covers the spectrum of portraiture and current events documenting the architectural, racial, musical, and cultural landscapes of Toronto.
Originally from Scarborough, Ontario, Jalani is dedicated to giving back to his community through mentorship and community empowerment programs that have included The Remix Project, LAMP, and the We Are Lawrence project created in partnership with City of Toronto and Manifesto.
ABOUT THE RESIDENCY
Over the summer, artists are given a stipend, access to University resources such as the fabrication lab and technicians, borrowing privileges at the library, access to the Maker’s Space, a studio assistant, as well as the space and other supports to explore their practice.