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BAND19 Presents Montreal artist Marie-Hélène Cauvin

Toronto, Ontario, November 3, 2017 –  Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue (BAND) will host Marie-Hélène Cauvin’s exhibition entitled MARIE-HÉLÈNE CAUVIN: Tattooed Portraits from November 2 to 26, 2017. Tomorrow, November 4 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m, the show’s Opening Reception and Exhibition Discussion takes place.

Curated by Dominique Fontaine, the collection of drawings questions social phenomena as well as popular culture.  Cauvin, a Haitian-born Montreal artist draws inspiration for her work from her native culture and observations during trips to Haiti. Themes such as spirituality and religion, urban and rural scenery and popular culture punctuate the body-of-work.

Marie-Hélène Cauvin’s interest in ‘urban’ forms of tattoos began while conducting research on gangs whose members used tattooing as a way to denote identification and affiliation to a specific group. This influence in the Tattooed Portraits series is evident. Subjects depicted in the artwork appear adorned with tattoos that reflect their expressions while being depicted by Cauvin. The resulting Tattooed Portraits are visual representations of each subject’s passions, interests, dreams and desires.

Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue (BAND) is an organization dedicated to supporting, documenting and showcasing the artistic and cultural contributions of Black Artists and cultural workers in Canada and internationally. BAND works to encourage dialogue among Black artists, cultural workers and the larger society to inspire, enlighten and educate through the arts. For more information about band, visit

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