by Sarah Onyango

Photographer and writer Ama Ouattara, left, with Senator Bernadette Clement

Saturday, August 20, 2022

On Saturday, August 20, 2022, Mosaïque interculturelle launched the first annual “Salon des arts visuels afro-canadiens” (SAVAC), an exhibition showcasing works created by artists of African descent. The day-long event, which was held at the Maison de la Francophonie d’Ottawa, included works by Ottawa area artists Komi Seshie and Sarah-Mecca Abdourahman (painting), Ama Ouattara and Robert Malinga Chirwa (photography) as well as Dominique Dennery (sculpture). Photography by Haitian photographer Jean-Claude Michel and Montreal fashion designer-textile arts specialist Helmer Joseph were also featured. A number of dignitaries, including Senator Bernadette Clement, former provincial minister Madeleine Meilleur and representatives of the Haitian embassy joined members of the public for this hybrid in-person-virtaul event.

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Sarah Onyango

Award-winning Sarah Onyango is a renowned social justice advocate in Canada’s national capital region. She is also the Community Outreach Officer for Black History Ottawa.