Abdi Osman


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Abdi Osman


Abdi Osman


Assistant Professor of Practice

Research Field

Photography; Art & Technology (Emerging Practices); Drawing; Media Studies


  • MFA, Documentary Media, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), 2012
  • BA, African Studies, University of Toronto, 2004


Abdi Osman is a Somali Canadian multidisciplinary artist based in Buffalo, New York, whose work focuses on questions of Black masculinity as it intersects with Muslim, queer and trans identities. For more than twenty years, Osman's practice has been concerned with representing and complicating the gaps evident in hegemonic or normative representations of Black/African peoples to unsettle and broaden ideas about what Blackness is, was, and can be. He has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions, biennale, festivals, screenings, and programs across North America and internationally. Most recently, Osman was a Fellow at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. 


Selected Exhibitions

  • 2023 Interrelations: A third perspective, Campbell River Art Gallery, Campbell River, BC
  • 2022 Berlinale Forum & Forum Expanded, Betonhalle-silent green Kulturquartier, Berlin, Germany
  • 2022 Wish You Were Here, Wish Here Was Better, The Blackwood, University of Toronto Mississauga, ON
  • 2021 Shadowboxing, ArQuives, co-presented with Trinity Square Video, Toronto, ON 
  • 2019 Variations in Black, Queer, and Otherwise, Art Museum, University of Toronto, ON 
  • 2019 Intimate Encounters ~ Animate Histories, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON 
  • 2017 Discover Series..., Photopolis, Halifax, NS  


  • ART 220: Time Based Concepts
  • ART 370: Topics - Photography Practices

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