City of Victoria Artist in Residence, Kemi Craig's immersive and interactive installation in partnership with Hololabs, sparks conversations, challenges perceptions, and transports viewers into an experiential underwater landscape. The Greater Victoria Public Library is offering a reading list that will help you dive even deeper.

Afroquatics: A Call and Response Below the Surface, which recently opened in the Drury Gallery on February 17, pulls inspiration from African spiritual practices of Orisha, the little-known history of expert freedivers that existed throughout coastal communities in West Africa, and imagined underwater worlds.

Afroquatics installation in the Drury Gallery. Image courtesy of Hololabs Studio Inc.

The Greater Victoria Public Library has created a reading list for those interested in learning more about the topics covered in the exhibition. Copies of the list are available at the AGGV front desk, or online by clicking the link below:

What to Read After Visiting AGGV’s Afroquatics Exhibition

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Titles include 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner, Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black, Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen and The Deep by Rivers Solomon, one of NPR’s Best Books of 2019.

A collection of reference books for background reading on the exhibition will also be available to browse in the Gallery lobby. And stay tuned for an artist talk in April with Kemi Craig and the creative team behind the exhibition.

Video clip of interactive installation. Courtesy of Hololabs Studio Inc.

“I hope that people come to this work as activators rather than spectators and that they feel inspired and empowered in recognizing their role in creating change through shaping narratives.”

– Kemi Craig

Join us for the Afroquatics Opening Reception on Friday, March 15 from 5-7pm. Exhibition artist Kemi Craig will be in attendance.


Afroquatics: A Call and Response Below the Surface is on now until May 26, 2024.



To learn more about artist Kemi Craig and her work, visit her website:

You can also learn about her Artist Residency with the City of Victoria here:


Featured Image: Courtesy of Hololabs Studio Inc.