Abdi Osman

Abdi Osman is a Somali-Canadian multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on questions of black masculinity as it intersects with Muslim and queer identities. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, as well as festivals, across Canada and internationally such as at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Gardiner Museum, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Thames Art Gallery, Nocture Festival, The National Museum of Kenya (Kenya),Goethe Institute, Johannesburg (South Africa) and Iwalewahaus The Centre for African Contemporary Art and Culture (Germany). His work has been widely written about and published in academic, arts, and cultural studies anthologies, journals, and catalogues including Archi-feministes!; Art contemporain, theories feministes/Contemporary Art, Feminist Theories, Writing Black Canada: Transitions, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Public, Kapsula Magazine and Drain: Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture and Canadian Art. Osman holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University and a B.A. in African Studies from the University of Toronto. He has held fellowships and participated in artist residencies at the Interdisciplinary Center for Culture and Creativity at the University of Saskatchewan, the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, the McColl Centre for Visual
Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina, and currently at the Mark Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. Forthcoming projects include the public art installation Shadowboxing in fall 2021 presented by the ArQuives and Trinity Square Video.

Artist Code: 2082


Black Queer Affection (Tryptich)

2013, 16:02 minutes, colour, English


2012, 04:23 minutes, colour, Somali

Critical Writing

Curatorial Incubator v. 16: Living in Hope
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: Vtape, 2021.