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Artist Mickalene Thomas on reclaiming the black female body in her work

Brooklyn-based visual artist Mickalene Thomas joins Tom Power live in the q studio to talk about her new exhibition, Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires, which opens tomorrow at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Brooklyn-based visual artist Mickalene Thomas. (Lyndsy Welgos)

A new exhibition is opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto tomorrow, called Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires. It showcases a wide variety of work from the Brooklyn-based visual artist, including photographs, portraits, collages, video installations and massive paintings adorned with rhinestones and glitter.

Thomas joins Tom Power live in the q studio to talk about how these powerful images make us rethink how society looks at the black female body. Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires runs until March of next year.

See some photos from the exhibition below. Click the listen link above to hear the full conversation with Thomas.

Mickalene Thomas. Los Angelitos Negros, 2016. Art Gallery of Ontario. (Photo by Vivian Rashotte/CBC)
Mickalene Thomas. Le déjeuner sur l'herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires, 2009. Art Gallery of Ontario. (Photo by Vivian Rashotte/CBC)
Mickalene Thomas. I Learned the Hard Way, 2010. Art Gallery of Ontario. (Photo by Vivian Rashotte/CBC)
Mickalene Thomas with host Tom Power in the q studio in Toronto, Ont. (Vivian Rashotte/CBC)

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