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. Upcoming exhibitions include: To the Hoop: Basketball and Contemporary Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC, USA (February 1 – June 7, 2020); travelling to Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, KS, USA (August 27 – November 29, 2020) Esmaa Mohamoud: Double Dribble, The Bentway, Signature Public Art Commission (Spring/Summer 2020) After a Fashion: Dress, Desire, and Contemporary Art, curated by Dr. Alexandra Schwartz, Ph.D., Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, USA (October 2020) and Aliens with Extraordinary Abilities, curated by Tak Pham, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK, Canada (November 2020). Mohamoud is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects.
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.