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PROTECT YOURSELF // stop hoping Joy Ngenda

Thu. October 15th 2020 - Fri. November 6th 2020 Please visit thefiftyfifty.net for up to date hours.
Who gets to grieve? What does it mean to close one’s self off to family? What happens when the people who are supposed to know you best fail you?

As a queer, racialized person living in a city far away from homeland and family, Joy has spent the last several years struggling with these question—questions of identity and family and actualization and embodiment, ability to bring self into being, and the journey to find spaces that reflect and accept all aspects of identity.

PROTECT YOURSELF // stop hoping is an immersive visual and auditory experience conceptualized as a reflection of the chaotic and overwhelming nature of long-term grief and the navigation of complex loss within familial relationships. Auditory and visual recordings are further layered within narratives of queerness, racialization, and actualization, and projected to allow viewers to experience a fragment of the artists’ path to embodied experiences of emotionality.


Artist Bio
Joy Ngenda is a queer, mixed West African transplant who has been living on unceded Lekwungen lands for the last 4 years. They are a multi-disciplinary artist and sometimes student, with a passion for ethical organizing and community justice. Their artistic practice is rooted in conceptualization of experiential emotion and individual moments both imagined and realized.


Covid - 19 Guidelines
· Only one visitor or household allowed in the gallery at a time. Physical distancing in effect.
· Visitors are asked to wait outside until the gallery sitter opens the door for them.
Thank you for your considerations.

the fifty fifty arts collective is comprised of individuals living and working on unceded and occupied First Nations Territories, specifically the lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, as well as the W̱SÁNEĆ, Sc'ianew and T'Souke First Nations.
The programming space itself is situated on Songhees and Esquimalt Territory but engages with individuals and communities across Turtle Island.
As a collective we endeavor to deepen our own understandings of how we are implicated in the history and in the present ongoing project of settler colonialism. As members of the fifty fifty arts collective we continually responsibilize ourselves to the complex kind of space that is the fifty fifty which hosts and facilitates the dissemination of the ideas and work of others.

Accessibility Information:
The entrance to the fifty fifty arts collective is wheelchair accessible, however the door is not automatic and we have no washrooms on site. A more comprehensive statement regarding our accessibility is in progress, specific questions or requests regarding accessibility can be sent to [email protected]