Toronto ON – On Thursday, September 8th, Toronto-based artist, Zahra Siddiqui, will launch her first solo exhibit – The Invisible Majority – a series of over 100 mixed media portraits, hosted by Daniels Spectrum, taking place inside Spectrum’s 1st Floor Gallery, in downtown Toronto.

Opening September 8th and running until October 31st 2016, The Invisible Majority, curated by Elle Alconcel, examines cultures of colour and the beauty of melanin that Siddiqui feels is often ignored. The show features portraits of other artists of colour and is all about making a visual impact. Siddiqui, who also has a background in youth work, aims to inspire young people by demonstrating what an artist looks like when they believe in themselves. Her goal is to convey this in a mindful manner and that will also translate into a live, interactive, feeling-inspiration wall at the opening.

At the curator’s request, the format of each artwork varies in size but every piece is in square format, to mirror Zahra’s Instagram page.

Zahra, who hails from South Asia originally began her creative pilgrimage through the photography medium and this show marks her first foray into multi media works on canvas, that merge Zahra’s original photography works, in a collage-style, with colorful acrylic on canvas.

“I picked up the camera 5 years ago and have since had the privilege to share space with so many diverse, creative, inspiring and empowering artists of colour,” said Siddiqui. “My journey has allowed me to travel and document not only in Toronto but also New York City and Trinidad and Tobago. Throughout the years I have collected an archive which represents a community of people who I believe are an essential part of what makes our world go round.”

With photography as her foundation, Siddiqui has pushed the boundaries of her creative envelope and branched out into mixed media while creating her first solo show for the city that has fostered her growth.

“In challenging myself to dream bigger and explore my creativity, I will be showcasing a body of work which not only involves photographic images but also the use of canvas, textiles, adornments and paint,” she said. “Sharing my work with the city that has not only raised me, but nurtured me as an artist seems only fitting.”