Mohamoud investigates the intangibility of Blackness through issues surrounding Black representation and Black body politics in contemporary spaces. Currently, her work explores material and popular Black culture through the realm of athletics—specifically, basketball and football. With the use of a wide range of materials, from used football helmets and textiles, to concrete and re-purposed chains, Mohamoud creates works which address the ways in which Black bodies navigate spaces as both visible, and at times invisible.
Esmaa Mohamoud (Canadian, b. 1992), is a Toronto based African-Canadian artist. She holds a BFA from Western University (2014) and an MFA from OCAD University (2016). Recently, Mohamoud has exhibited in at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Montreal and the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities Gallery, USA. She is currently part of two exhibitions as part of the “For Freedoms: 50 State Project”: Cry for Victory and Short Walks to Freedom, at Projects Plus Gallery, St. Louis, MI, USA (through November 24); and, My Silences Had Not Protected Me, at Fort Gansevoort, New York, NY, USA (through December 22). Mohamoud is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects.