This was the team’s end-of-semester project for Happy City, a mini trade show in the classroom that is attended by guest organizations. Instructor, Teresa Ascencao explains, “when visiting their booth, Metrolinx was impressed and invited the students to share their innovation with a dozen of their executives and managers. It was inspiring to experience the students presenting and be taken seriously. I know these moments shape their self-confidence and future success as change-makers and designers.” Presto X-Change Initiative offers rider discounts for their charitable donations.
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 12:30pm to Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 12:30pm
Teresa Ascencao, sessional instructor at OCAD U, photograph's herself in various interactions with clothing. Each set explores a growing repertoire of body language associated with her struggles with clothing, domestic labour and folk rituals. Second-long automated exposures capture unnoticed and continuously dissipating moments between clothing and the human body – moments known only to the body and the clothing themselves. The moments range from sensual and nostalgic, to strenuous and dramatic. Dressing hovers between sensual play and frantic disrobing to disrupt a feminine identity. Pinning of freshly washed clothing was performed and shot in her mother’s backyard while she watched. Folding of freshly dried laundry piles up against a garden backdrop. Spinning is inspired by my heritages of Azorean folklore dancing and Brazilian carnival. Here, Teresa tied heaps of dirty laundry to my waist while she spun for the camera.
Teresa Ascencao is a multimedia artist whose work examines social constructs of body language, costume, customs, and inner corporeal experiences. Her folk and pop inspired artworks employ concept-related media and technologies that invite audiences to play with iconographies and scenarios involving gender, seduction, consumption, and class. Teresa Ascencao was born to Azorean parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to Canada at a young age. Her work has been exhibited widely in Canada and internationally.