Curator's Talk with CCP students, Courtney Miller & Valérie Frappier

A person with long hair facing a river with their arms raised above their head,
Friday, September 27, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

September 10 – 30, 2019
The Bentway, Strachan Gate, Toronto
Curated by Courtney Miller and Valérie Frappier

Curators' Talk: 
Friday September 27, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Undercurrents | A billboard exhibition featuring Susan Blight, Erika DeFreitas, Melissa General and Jessica Karuhanga

Undercurrents is a billboard exhibition created for The Bentway’s Community Incubation Program as part of the 2019 Fall Season, titled Second Nature. Looking to the influence from nearby Niigaani-gichigami/Lake Ontario as a lifebody, Undercurrents asks: what memories does this land and water hold? Whose histories are well documented, and whose are submerged?

Featuring a series of three double-sided billboards, the exhibition presents the work of four artists based in the Greater Toronto Area: Susan Blight, Erika DeFreitas, Melissa General and Jessica Karuhanga. Situating their physical bodies and cultural narratives in relation to water around Tkarón:to/Toronto, the artists re-assert ancestral histories, examine current contexts, and imagine future relations with water. Each billboard can be interpreted as simultaneous moments in time: the past, the present, and the future; demonstrating that histories continually resurface. Looking to the moon, the muse to water’s rhythms, time can be thought as a cycle—emerging and re-emerging, telling and re-telling—rather than points in a linear narrative.

Niigaani-gichigami/Lake Ontario is a confluence of rivers—a meeting place for Indigenous societies for over 11,000 years. While settler histories of the lake and surrounding area are widely known, Indigenous and Black histories in relation to this body of water have been submerged. Many Torontonians are disconnected with the lake’s various histories, and Undercurrents aims to revive their importance. The exhibition challenges colonial narratives of Tkarón:to/Toronto by highlighting artists who re-map understandings of this region by unearthing the past to imagine the future. Undercurrents re-aligns concepts of duration with natural cycles, scheduling the exhibition around the scope of September’s full moon to new moon lunar cycle (September 10 - 30).

About the curators:
Undercurrents is curated by Courtney Miller and Valérie Frappier, second-year graduate students in the Criticism and Curatorial Practice program at OCAD University. As a curatorial duo of both a recent newcomer to Tkarón:to/Toronto and someone who grew up in its northern suburbs, they cultivated a shared interest in uncovering histories of the land on which they currently live and work. Citing re-mapping strategies as a collaborative practice, their curatorial work aims to challenge colonial narratives while centering embodied knowledges and realigning with natural cycles.

Venue & Address: 
The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Website: 
https://www.thebentway.ca/event/undercurrents-curated-by-courtney-miller-and-valerie-frappier/
Email: 
gradstudies@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
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in(Living)between: Performing the Hyphen

Keiko Hart Exhibition
Monday, March 18, 2019 - 9:00am to Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 9:00am

The multiracial individual occupies the space of the in(-)between—a frontier of perennial opportunities for progressive resistance. It is neither here nor there, not the occident or the other, but both: the hyphen. Expectations exist that if a visible indicator of someone's identity is not immediately present, it should manifest conspicuously. When the hyphen performs, it does so from an in(-)between space that is observable when written out, yet invisible when spoken aloud. But that does not mean it does not exist. in(Living)between is a stream-of-consciousness writing-on-the-walls performance live-streamed from a contained room that seeks to enact hyphenated identity through lived experiences of (mis)interpretations, (mis)pronunciations and (mis)identifications.

 

While the Graduate Gallery where the show is taking place will be closed off during the performance, the adjacent media room will project a live-stream of what is taking place inside that may be viewed there or accessed from anywhere in the world. The performance room will be revealed at the catered reception on March 21 in collaboration with Common Room where refreshments and snacks will be provided. The room will be left open for display with a recorded projection of the performance in the media room over the following weekend.

 

LIVE STREAM: https://www.twitch.tv/keikohart

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/765878817119303/

INSTAGRAM: @inlivingbetween

 

 

Keiko Hart is a graduate candidate in criticism and curation at OCAD University where they were awarded the President’s Scholarship. They work in artistic direction and program management at various non-profits that promote collaborative practices between dynamic arts innovators.

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery
Website: 
https://twitch.tv/keikohart
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