Fehn Foss & sarah koekkoek: SOLARITY

Curated by Na’ama Freeman

Fehn Foss, Untitled (melt), lumen print, bronze spill, dimensions variable, 2023.

Fehn Foss and sarah koekkoek

Curated by Na’ama Freeman

February 16 – April 13, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, February 16, 2024, 5 – 8pm
NAMARA Projects, Toronto
Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 12 – 5pm, and by appointment: info@namara.ca

Ghostly objects, things once there, bodies in motion, the sun. How might one capture grief as it relates to the constant, whirling, and inescapable worry of the ongoing climate crisis? How might one take this thing that feels intangible, insurmountable, and ever-present, and transform it into something with hope?

SOLARITY presents new and recent work by Fehn Foss and sarah koekkoek in which the artists meditate on the human relationship to the earth and our collective responsibility to it at a time of ecological crisis. In SOLARITY, the duality of the sun is considered. From an essential life-sustaining force to an entity agonising, though not at fault, of global heating. Both artists harness sunshine as a tool for creation and, as a result, they begin a relational process of transformation.

With meditative gestures, material research of discarded materials, to utilising physical movement to cultivate embodied relationships between the self, others, and the earth, Foss and koekkoek interrogate ecological grief and transform it into a call and response that is at once soft, beautiful, and inviting as it is urgent, unavoidable, and non-dismissible.

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, February 16 from 5 – 8pm at NAMARA Projects, located at 915 Dupont Street, Toronto, Unit 103. Treats by Sidnichka will be served.

sarah koekkoek, Sola(r)stalgia (detail), cotton cyanotype, 16 x 252 in., 2023.

About the Artists

Fehn Foss (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and athlete based in Tsí-Tkaron:to/Toronto. She values the possibilities of art-making as a potential site for experimentation with materials and collaboration with human and non-human beings, in order to tell different stories. Foss recently completed her MFA in Visual Arts from York University (2023). Her thesis project was funded by a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship and was nominated for YorkU’s Thesis Prize. Foss has exhibited her work at the Image Centre and Gallery 44 (Toronto), Knot Project Space (Ottawa), Eastern Edge (St. John’s) and the Art Gallery of Hamilton (Hamilton).

sarah koekkoek is an ecology focused multidisciplinary artist working with movement, dance, flora and biomaterials from Tkarón:to (Toronto) now based in London, England. Her research examines movement as a language that can help cultivate greater understanding and compassion with our relationship to self, others and the earth. Often, her movements are generated by nurturing the reciprocal relationships of human-human and human-nonhuman through embodied offerings such as dance, text and flora collaborations. Since 2017 sarah’s work has been exploring our punctured relationship and existence within the abused and exploited natural world, developing an environment of (physical) emotions surrounding climate change and the capitalocene.

About the Curator

Na’ama Freeman is an independent curator based between Toronto and Montreal. In 2024, she joins the NAMARA team as Curatorial Associate. In her work, Na’ama is passionate about merging the realms of art and business to create impactful and collaborative art events that are inspiring and generative. In her independent practice, Na’ama balances between the corporate art sector, where she oversees art commissioning programmes, and with curatorial work in public art galleries and community DIY spaces. She has participated in the research, curation, and execution of contemporary art exhibitions and public art programmes at venues including NAMARA Projects, The Power Plant Gallery, Evergreen Brick Works, FENTSTER Gallery, Gallery 1313, among others. Na’ama holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University (2022) and a BA in History from McGill University (2018).

About NAMARA Projects

Located in the Dupont Arts Building, NAMARA Projects is a new venue for research, deliberation, and presentation of curatorial work. NAMARA works around the fluctuating borders of the traditional art world. The explorations conducted in the Project Space inform both independent and commissioned presentations. Through our work, we celebrate thoughtful work by contemporary artists; challenge traditions, experimenting with untested methods; and welcome new collaborators and audiences.

#103 – 915 Dupont St, Toronto

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About NAMARA Curatorial

NAMARA is a curatorial firm under the direction of Natalie MacNamara. NAMARA bridges the gap between the art world and broader commercial, public, and educational fields. We align partner interests with the goal of producing meaningful and engaging cultural projects. We deliver art strategy, collections, exhibitions, permanent installations, temporary experiential and visual projects in digital and physical space. What sets us apart is our interdisciplinary approach to bringing together client and commissioning bodies’ priorities, with artists’ conceptual and aesthetic faculties. The result is concept-driven, artist-led projects that engage audiences and deliver impact.