Inaugural Artist-in-Residence Michèle Pearson Clarke in Toronto Star on the Montgomery Collection

‘Overwhelming emotion’ shows just how big a deal this photo collection is to Black Caribbean lives in Toronto

“…I want to tell you about these conversations, and about how they were subjectively filled with overwhelming emotion at the existence of this collection of photographs and its presence here in Toronto, where our diaspora runs deep.

I want to tell you that when speaking with Julie, being able to salute both our personal and professional relationships felt comforting and freeing, because too often we are discouraged from bringing our whole selves to work.

We spoke as photography colleagues, yes, but we also spoke as Black Caribbean women whose friendship and shared Barbadian ancestry makes the Montgomery Collection our family history too.”

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