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1969

Caught up in the political turmoil of the 1960's, June left her family and New York behind to relocate in Toronto. She was given a camera and began capturing street life and family life without realizing she was on a path to expressing herself as a visual artist.

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  1989

 

Malcolm X

A major figure of the Civil Rights movement, Malcolm X would often speak at 125th Street in Harlem. June and her sister had been forbidden by their father to attend, but they continued to sneak out and make their way to his rallys. His message of self-defence over non-violence appealed to many New Yorkers.

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more photos: Linocuts

 

 

Family Secrets 1992

An installation at the Power Plant in Toronto.
For this piece June "chanelled" various people
she remembered from her years growing up in
Harlem to create an intimate series of boxes.

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family secrets

 

Dirge 2004

The textures and colours of rusted metal hold a special attraction for June. Dirge, is her homage to America and the powerful iconic image of its flag. Consisting of oxidized metal on canvas, it measures 91.5 x 130.3 cm.

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Whispering City

In 1994, Carolyn Bell Farrell invited June to participate in a show at the Koffler Gallery, Toronto which she had titled, "Whispering City". The result was a series of large scale photo-etchings where June combined many of her early photographs and family images from over 20 years before, with text which seemed to write itself, appearing in a flood of memory.

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  Dirge

 

Bling 2010

Black babies linked together like baubles on a gold chain are treated like accessories placed in a jewellry box in June's sculpture titled, Bling. In this clip she talks about how the piece came about as a comment on western cultural attitudes towards Africa.

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  Dirge

 
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