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Stephanie Comilang, Yesterday, In the Years 1886 and 2017 (video stills), 2017. Two-channel HD video with sound, 9 min 48 sec, looped. Courtesy of the artist.

I’ll be your Mirror
Stephanie Comilang, Erika DeFreitas, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Neil Goldberg, Milutin Gubash, Vivek Shraya

Curated by Crystal Mowry

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
5 October 2018 to 17 March 2019

Artist Talk with Erika DeFreitas and Opening Reception
Friday 5 October, 7:00 pm

For many of us, our first introduction to photography is grounded in the discovery of our own subjectivity. As children, we perform in front of the lens, acting out a narrative shaped by our parents and the manner in which they prefer to remember us. With adulthood comes the awareness that we are part of a continuum of physical likeness – a sense that we are catching up in some way or another with our own past.

I’ll be your Mirror convenes the work of contemporary artists who enlist their parents in their practice. Working across various lens-based strategies to revisit and reinvent found images, each artist proposes multiple ways of understanding familial intimacy. Some choose to engage their parents as performers in both absurd and poetic capacities, as a subject or a disembodied narrator. Others lean on their parents to provide a tether to the past and to question the formation of identity. Tender and unflinchingly honest, these works spur us to think about how expectation inevitably shapes intergenerational relationships, often in ways that only make sense when we are grown.

This project is generously supported by the Allan MacKay Curatorial Endowment Fund, established by the Musagetes Arts and Culture Fund, held at The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation.

Artist Talk: Erika DeFreitas

Join us on Friday 5 October at 7:00 pm to celebrate the opening of I’ll be your Mirror with a free Artist Talk featuring Scarborough-based multidisciplinary conceptual artist, Erika DeFreitas. Placing an emphasis on process, gesture and documentation, her work explores the influence of language, loss and culture on the formation of identity through textile-based works and photographed performative actions.

The Opening Reception of I’ll be your Mirror will follow the Artist Talk at 8:00 pm.

Artist Talks at KWAG are kindly supported by Momentum Developments and Sorbara Law.

Saul Field (Canadian, 1912-1987), Heritage China, 1980. Etching, 38cm x 56cm. Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Collection. Gift of Mrs. Susan Swann, 1995. © Estate of Saul Field. Used by permission. Photo: KWAG.

Also On View:

Tales of Heritage: Saul Field & Hédi Bouraoui

Curated by Jennifer Bullock

25 August 2018 – 24 March 2019

Tales of Heritage is the result of a fruitful collaboration between two Canadian artists–one of images and one of words. Montréal native Saul Field (1912-1987) was a master printmaker. Tunisian-born, Toronto-based Hédi Bouraoui (b. 1932) is an author of poems, novels, short stories, tales and essays and is currently Writer in Residence at York University’s Stong College. Together they explored the richness of human imagination and expression through a selection of ten myths and legends from around the world. Each tale has been handed down from antiquity, from oral tradition to the written word, and carries with it the integrity of each originating culture. Through their combined research and contemporary interpretation of each story, the artists embarked on a lively exploration of the human experience.

Upcoming Gallery Tours

Walk the Talk: Gallery Tours: Free guided tours will be offered on Thursdays 4 October and 6 December from 6:30-7:30 pm. Sponsored by the Gamble Family.

Walk the Talk: Multilingual Gallery Tours: Free tours conducted by trained community volunteers will be offered on Tuesdays, 9 October (French), 23 October (Spanish), 6 November (Mandarin) and 20 November (French), from 6-7 pm. Please pre-register at Sponsored by the Cowan Foundation and the Gamble Family.

Free admission to all exhibitions is sponsored by Sun Life Financial.


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