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GHOSTS OF MONSTERS - PAOLA POLETTO with FLAVIO TREVISAN, PAUL HONG, BRENDAN GEORGE KO

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Paola Poletto, Ghosts of Monsters (detail)

Opening: Thursday, May 10, 6-8 pm, Facebook Event
Exhibition Dates: May 9 – 27, 2018
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 1 – 6 pm;
Saturday May 26 and Sunday May 27, 10 am – 5 pm
Location: Lower Gallery @ Toronto Centre for the Arts (TCA)
5040 Yonge Street, North York (at North York Centre Subway Station)

Ghosts of Monsters is a photographic installation of neighbourhood architecture, a representation of evolving tastes and an expression of shifting cultural capital. This three-year-long project observes how communities express themselves in outer urban contexts. It is grounded in two photo series, Ghosts of Monsters and ParkHome.

Paola set out to photograph postwar homes for sale in a one kilometre square section of north Toronto known as Willowdale with the intention of returning to re-photograph the various sites after they were sold. Her goal was to combine the images of the older homes before their demolition (a.k.a. the “Ghost”) with the newer and much larger multi-level Neo-Eclectic replacement house (a.k.a. the “Monster”) that would inevitably assert their position on the various sites explored. This resulted in a series of composite images overlaying the two types of homes on top of one another.


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Paola Poletto, ParkHome (detail)

For the ParkHome series and bookwork, a street composition of 55 homes along Park Home Avenue combines the diverse front façades as viewed from the street with a backyard view of their collective landscape taken from the perspective of the adjoining cemetery. The conceptual narrative begins and ends with a military tank pointed toward City Hall, Queens Park, Lake Ontario, Tarontha, Taronto, Toranto, Torento, Toronto, Toronton, Tkaronto – "where there are trees standing in the water."

The project set out to reflect the diversity of settlers, represented by their domestic architecture. The absence of bodies in these photographs avoids documentary as an endpoint. It is impossible to see neither ghosts nor monsters when viewing the source images independently. But when they are superimposed as a photocollage, we enable our imaginative eye to see into fluctuating and impermanent worlds that surround us every day. Indeed, a narrative that disrupts the idea of the colonial “heritage home” is also implied. And Willowdale's most commonly used languages—English, Chinese, Farsi and Korean—are preset alongside the photo collages within the bookwork, considering multiple voices through the process of translation.

Co-presented by North York Arts, as part of Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival. This exhibition is supported by the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Centre for the Arts. Also on view for Doors Open Toronto.


ABOUT THE ARTIST(S)
Paola Poletto’s work shifts between DIY and institutional-based practice. Comfortable in both artistic and creative paradigms, she is consistently fascinated with representations of collaborative productions where visual constructions are transformed into rigorous narratives that express multiple points of view. Paola’s independent practice includes photography, bookmaking, installations and project management. She is the independent curator of several art/lit projects which include: Kiss Machine (2000-5), Inflatable Museum (2001), Girls and Guns (2004), Boredom Fighters! (2008), Tel-talk: art interventions in telephone booths (2012) and Oh Dear: public art (2013).

Ghosts of Monsters is produced by Paola Poletto with Flavio Trevisan, Brendan George Ko and Paul Hong. Writer Paul Hong contributes a speculative fiction set amongst the urban-scapes explored, photo-based artist Brendan George Ko worked with Paola to create the photo collages, and artist and founder of Hex Editions, Flavio Trevisan, collaborated on the design and production of the bookwork, PARKHOME, for OOL imprint.


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ABOUT NORTH YORK ARTS
North York Arts (NYA) is an arts service organization designed to address the needs and interests of North York artists, arts organizations and residents. North York Arts is working in collaboration with Toronto City Councillors, Culture Division and various community partners to foster North York arts programming, provide art services to the region and bridge connections in the art and culture community between North York and the rest of the City.

The Toronto Centre for the Arts is committed to providing comfort, accessibility and respect to those patrons who have special requirements. This exhibition is accessible.


CONTACT / INTERVIEWS
For more information please contact:

Rachel Birnberg - Development & Communications Coordinator - North York Arts
rachel@northyorkarts.org
(416) 733-9388
www.northyorkarts.org
@NorthYorkArts

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Paola Poletto
www.paolapoletto.com

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