Toronto, ON, Canada
Jalani Morgan has established himself as a mentor and cultural influence in South
Scarborough and the greater arts community in Toronto. Over the past ten years Jalani has built
an impressive portfolio creating pieces for: TEDxToronto, Daniel Spectrum Gallery, CONTACT
photography festival and has contributed to exhibits at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Most recently Jalani, mentored and taught a group of over twenty emerging photographers. The
program [We Are Lawrence] took place over a four month period. The program culminated in an
outdoor street exhibit along Lawrence Ave East. This area of Scarborough is routinely under
served, in terms of art investment. For many of the youth this program and mentorship provided
the first opportunity to showcase their work. Jalani has played a mentorship role in several other
community initiatives including: From Scarborough with Love, a judge panel position with
ArtReach Youth Pitch contest and the Remix Project.
Jalani is currently working towards a degree at York University in Anthropology and African
Studies. He intends to use this education and Anthropological lens to further help him explore
representation, Blackness and questions of identity in the African Diaspora.
He is in the midst of planning the first solo show of his career and in the planning stages of his
first photography book. The book will document Torontonians both those born within its borders
and newcomers. A photographic cultural anthropologist Jalani is passionate about documenting
the landscape of Toronto—architecturally, athletically, racially, musically and culturally.