The Largest Public Art Activation Of Black Photographic Portraits In The History Of The Nation Adorns One Of Toronto Canada’s Most Beloved Art And Culture Institutions

Presenters: Harbourfront centre, City Of Toronto, ArtWorxTO & R7

Services Provide: Campaign Ideation, Creative Direction, Photography, Film, Experiential Activation Design
Unmask Fear Mission Statement Video

"Toronto-born, international artist Robert Young created UNMASK FEAR in response to the devastating global pandemic and the international outcry for racial justice. This critical, multiple content series features photographic portraiture and filmed stories of Black Canadians who have made remarkable contributions to community, culture and country. Robert Young’s campaign began in Washington, DC on June 5, 2020, with the highly recognized self-portrait NO FEAR, the first of many large-scale public art activations. Young is also responsible for the creative ideation of another large-scale public art activation – the world-famous Black Lives Matter mural on 16th Street in front of the White House.

UNMASK FEAR, commissioned by Harbourfront Centre as part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022, expands NO FEAR to tell the stories of Black Canadians to inspire, entertain, uplift and transform the perspective of people of the African Diaspora that so proudly call Canada home.

Take in these larger-than-life portraits installed on the windows of Harbourfront Centre’s Main Building, with associated links to watch related interviews of the participants below. Those interviewed offer personal, detailed, and uncut expressions of triumph and success achieved by overcoming their fears and following their passions." - Haebourfront Centre
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 About Harbourfront Centre
“For more than 40 years, Harbourfront Centre has been on the cutting edge of all that is current and creative, bringing together the best in both Canadian culture and the rich mosaic of cultures from within our country and around the world. Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront. Diversity has always been at the heart of Harbourfront Centre. In the lakeside places and spaces it encompasses. In the multitude of cultures and backgrounds it celebrates. In the eclectic programming, engagement and entertainment it provides. And in the broad range of people it attracts.”

About ArtworxTO
Signaling our City's renewed commitment to Public Art, ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021–2022 will launch our City's new 10-Year Public Art Strategy and celebrate Toronto's internationally acclaimed collection of Public Art. ArtworxTO is an initiative that I strongly believe in and this year, Torontonians will have the opportunity to get out and experience an extensive array of new public artworks and programs. ArtworxTO is a reflection of Toronto's diversity and focuses on improving accessibility and engagement with Public Art right across the city. From Etobicoke to Scarborough, Downtown to North York, the program will provide artists and institutions with a platform to create more ground-breaking work for all to enjoy.  New projects will roll out all year, so check back frequently and use the GPS-enabled map on your phone to explore the works in your community, in a safe, distanced way. Stay tuned for more announcements on how we plan to celebrate the vibrant, thriving arts and culture in the greatest city, in the greatest country, in the world. Enjoy the Public Art. - Mayor John Tory

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