Francesca Chudnoff, Artist – Tkaronto

(photo: Krista Newey)

Fran, also known as Franz (they/them), is a Tkaronto-based millennial with a BFA in performance paying rent as a multidisciplinary artist. They are a dancer, dance maker, video artist, photographer, and beginner at 3D sculpting and digital illustration. Across mediums, their work is in conversation with post-internet aesthetics, gender deviance, and shaping a “social aura” through aspirational imagery. Their most personal and urgent project these days is sharing as many meals as possible with their lola, Yolanda. Fran’s new work FACE RIDER is presented as part of a winter double bill with Andrew Tay’s Odd-Sensual at Toronto Dance Theatre’s Winchester Theatre, February 8 – 17, 2024.

  1. Syd and Carmy in The Bear (especially “the table” scene)

The table scene is my Roman Empire. I love a slow burn. I love this show. I love Ayo and Jeremy. And I can’t wait to be totally stressed out watching the third season.

  1. This incredible YouTube video of Swedish director Ruben Östlund

Hearing about how Ruben test drives the ideas for his films with such transparency and openness has been really inspiring to me. It’s also very entertaining to watch. His process is teaching me to find bravery in truly confronting what I want to make, and to make clear decisions on how my work could interact with an audience.

  1. Hainanese chicken with rice

This is my absolute comfort meal to make and eat. This is like my reset to being human again after a long hustle and not being able to make time for myself. Poached chicken deserves its moment! Hainan Jones in NYC is the one! This is not a photo of my own cooking because my presentation could never be this clean. LOL

  1. Kim Burrell singing Holy Ghost

SPECIFICALLY her live version on YouTube. The run she does at 3:45 scratches an itch in my brain every time.

  1. Thai food at Wondee Siam on 9th Ave in NYC

The duck tamarind at this lil’ hole-in-the-wall spot will forever have my heart. Love eating here with my Lola and miss her so much. As you can see, a lot of my pleasures and obsessions revolve around food and media. I could’ve been way more cringe, but I kept it cute.