Circularity of (un)knowing: An exploration of embodied knowledge in untitled spaces

Natia Lemay, Always but Never Dreaming, 2022, oil on canvas, 62” x 42”

Circularity of (un)knowing: An exploration of embodied knowledge in untitled spaces

July 30 – August 27, 2022
Opening Reception: July 30, 2:00 – 6:00pm
Mayten’s, Toronto

Mayten’s is proud to present Circularity of (un)knowing: An exploration of embodied knowledge in untitled spaces. Brought together by mihyun maria kim and Claire Heidinger, comprises the work of five emerging women IBPOC artists, all of whom either reside in or have a connection to Toronto. These artists exemplify a diverse new generation of figurative art dedicated to diversity and the resultant themes of identity and its embodiment.

Circularity of (un)knowing: An exploration of embodied knowledge in untitled spaces opens July 30th, 2022 and runs through August 27th, 2022.
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Join Mayten’s and the artists Claire Heidinger, mihyun maria kim, Par Nair and Hau Pham to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Circularity of (un)knowing: An exploration of embodied knowledge in untitled spaces at Mayten’s 165 Niagara St, Toronto, ON M5V 1C6
This Saturday, July 30th 2:00 – 6:00pm
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Par Nair, a mother series, oil on wood panel, series of 12 pieces 6” x 8” each

About the artists:

Claire Heidinger is a Chinese-Canadian artist whose research area is diasporic identity. Accordingly, she explores cultural hybridization, specifically a loss of culture and history in migrant bodies.

mihyun maria kim, an interdisciplinary artist, applies sundry materials to develop narratives centring on body memory, untranslatability, and affect that concern, among other things, collective and individual experiences through transference across generations.

Natia Lemay, an Afro–Indigenous interdisciplinary artist and curator of Black, Mi’kmaw, and French descent, draws on childhood trauma—racism, poverty, and addiction. She links trauma to colonialist structures ranging from capitalism to systematic racism, conveyed through the representation of women and the literal representation of Blackness.

Par Nair’s practice explores the dual identities of the migrant/settler through quotidian experience and the artist’s family background. An upcoming installation forges a portrait of her mother through paintings of passport photos, a small mound of turmeric, and a hand-embroidered sarees, together implying a hybrid identity.

Hau Pham is a Vietnamese–Canadian artist who considers Western views of Asian women and the relationship with the object in multidisciplinary work, based on her personal experiences and collective, learned identity. She specifically recalls her adolescent years in her included mixed-media work Trapping a younger version of myself (2022).

Claire Heidinger, First Time Homebuyer, 2022, oil on canvas 36” x 30”

Exhibition statement:

Brought together by mihyun maria kim and Claire Heidinger, Circularity of (un)knowing: An exploration of embodied knowledge in untitled spaces comprises the work of five emerging IBPOC artists, all women, who either reside in or have a connection to Toronto. These artists exemplify a diverse new generation of figurative art dedicated to diversity and the resultant themes of identity and its embodiment.

Although these artists work in a range of media—from ceramics to found objects— painting as the foundational language of each artist is visible throughout. And the human figure is central (the subjects are primarily women and non-white) to an exhibition exploring the embodiment of knowledge systems via ideologies and internalized cultural values. The gap between ancestral knowledge and current cultural awareness renders the work unknown in a contemporary context. But these five artists reclaim the unknown in a circular dialogue between what has been lost and what is now understood and thus between dual cultural identities and, in turn, between the centre and its margins.

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