Rare | VIBE Spotlight

This is VIBE Spotlight: a weekly series that celebrates and shines a light on VIBE Arts’ roster of talented artists. Each Monday, our Instagram and website feature a different VIBE Artist and provide a look into their craft. Stay tuned and get to know the diverse talent that makes up our organization and community with #VIBESpotlight.

On this VIBE Spotlight, we’re shining a light on Rare, a poet, photographer and filmmaker and a new member of the VIBE Artist roster. She’s also part of NExT, VIBE’s Black Youth Mentorship Program made possible by Canadian Heritage’s CSMARI program.

VIBE: Is there anything you are currently working on that you would like to share?

Rare: For Vibe Arts, I’m working on a poetry book called ” Rare’s World ” that will be a look into my mind and touch on topics like trauma, relationships and deeper feelings from the mind, body & soul. Pairing with an array of creative photography images. 

 

VIBE: What has been one of your greatest accomplishments to date?

Rare: I would say, being a self taught, five time published photographer has been a one of a kind experience. I never thought I would get so far or that it could be a job. I learned by taking my camera outside and freestyle shooting. At one point, I got to work with a Vogue Italy photographer and learned how fashion editorials are created. I’m grateful for all that I’ve learned so far. It just shows that you can do anything that you put your mind to. The world is yours to discover. 

 

VIBE: What has been one of your favourite moments while being on the VIBE roster?

Rare: So far, I love engaging in conversations around art with other like minded artists. The workshops are very detailed and help me grow as an artist.

 

VIBE: What are some of your future goals?

Rare: In the future, I hope to create films, photography and poetry around social issues. I want to explore and create the visuals of life, as well as work in marginalized communities to inspire others to reach their fullest potential.

 

VIBE: What is one of the greatest lessons you have learned thus far?

Rare: You are your number one asset so take care of yourself. Even with busy lifestyles, you need to take time for yourself and slow down sometimes. Don’t push yourself too hard and have patience. Trust the process. 

 

VIBE: What changes would you like to see in Toronto’s Art community?

Rare: I would love to see more art on buildings around the city, pop up installations, more live conversations where you get to engage with artists, more networking and collaborations. 

Support Rare: @xo.rare @3rd.eye.visions | royalbankrolls.com

Dominic Justina | VIBE Spotlight

This is VIBE Spotlight: a weekly series that celebrates and shines a light on VIBE Arts’ roster of talented artists. Each Monday, our Instagram and website feature a different VIBE Artist and provide a look into their craft. Stay tuned and get to know the diverse talent that makes up our organization and community with #VIBESpotlight.

On the first VIBE Spotlight of 2021, we’re shining a light on Dominic Justina, a visual artist on VIBE’s emerging artist roster. Dominic was recently featured in VIBE Arts’ takeover of the Safe in Public Space initiative presented by The Bentway. She was also featured in our annual impact report which you can view here.

VIBE: Is there anything you are currently working on that you would like to share?

Dominic: Yes, my new website! dominicjustina.com now captures my recent creative works. I would love for people to check it out. 

 

VIBE: What has been one of your greatest accomplishments to date?

Dominic: Creating seven new pieces for the NExT Exhibition and finally selling my first piece this year.

 

VIBE: What has been one of your favourite moments while being on the VIBE roster?

Dominic: When I had the opportunity to be part of the NExT program! This was a transformative experience for me that helped me build my confidence as an emerging artist. The mentorship, development sessions and support was invaluable, but this also marked my first time at an exhibition as a featured artist in Toronto. 

 

VIBE: What are some of your future goals?

Dominic: To find my creative signature by creating more pieces and building out a more robust online art store. I also want to learn more skills in digital design and media and venture into multimedia.

 

VIBE: What is one of the greatest lessons you have learned thus far?

Dominic: That there is always time to create, despite the hustle of a 9-5. You make time for what’s important.

 

VIBE: What changes would you like to see in Toronto’s Art community?

Dominic: More visibility and as a result, increased collaboration. 

 

Support Dominic: @dominicthecreator_ | dominicjustina.com

 

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