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Centre3 for Print and Media Arts presents

Erika DeFreitas: Deaths/Memorials/Births
A mixed media installation curated by Pamela Edmonds

Opening Reception: Friday, March 8, 7-10 pm
Exhibition Run: March 1 – April 13, 2013

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Erika DeFreitas' interdisciplinary practice explores the influence of language, loss and culture on the formation of identity. Through performance, public interventions, relational exchanges and photographic documentation, her process-orientated works investigate constructs of memorialisation though conceptualist strategies. The installation, Deaths/Memorials/Births is a re-imaging of a project focused on the artist's archive of obituary, memorial and birth notices collected daily from the pages of the Toronto Star newspaper between 2006 and 2007. Leavened by an interest in the affective power of the disruptive gesture and minimalist aesthetics, DeFreitas systematically cut away the announcements' original images and texts, painstakingly replacing back resonant words which form a compelling series of metaphoric narratives. The product of this act is then digitally photographed as a means of questioning authorship, the extent of absence, and the limits of time. The display includes a methodical compilation of the original newspaper remnants coated and preserved in beeswax, testaments to lives lived, to labour endured and to inevitable passages.

Based in Toronto, Erika DeFreitas is a graduate of the MFA program in Visual Studies at the University of Toronto and has presented projects in artist-run centres in Canada and the United States. Recent and upcoming exhibition sites include Gallery TPW, A Space Gallery, Gallery 44, Propeller Centre for Visual Arts in Toronto; the Houston Museum of African American Culture; performances with the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art; and a residency at Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) in Winnipeg.

Pamela Edmonds is a visual and media arts curator who received her BFA and an MA in Art History from Concordia University, Montreal.

Centre3 for Print and Media Arts
173 James Street North
Hamilton, ON
L8R 2K9

Gallery hours: Wednesday to Saturday 12 noon to 5 pm
For information contact 905 524 5084
Or e-mail programming@centre3.com


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