Focal Points: 2022 EDAA Exhibition

Image (L-R): Wei Li; Kasra Goodarznezhad (photo: Declan Keogh); Zebv Diez; Matt Nish-Lapidus (photo: Christopher van Doorn); Taylor McArthur (photo: Leif Norman). Artwork: cyberia, Space Fling, 2022.

Focal Points: 2022 EDAA Exhibition

September 9 – October 1, 2022
Trinity Square Video, Toronto | Online at focalpoints2022.ca

With works by:
Kasra Goodarznezhad
Matt Nish-Lapidus
Taylor McArthur
Wei Li
Zebv Diez

Focal Points features the five winners of the 2022 Emerging Digital Artist Award. This year’s selected projects explore the complexity of specific narratives, places, and peoples, drawing from a unique vantage point to reveal what might otherwise be taken for granted or hidden beneath the surface.

While Goodarznezhad and Diez’s works situate personal histories to shed light on the biases and colonial power structures embedded in our systems and material culture, Li reimagines consumer objects to comment on personal experiences of cultural hybridity, femininity and motherhood. Meanwhile, works by Taylor McArthur and Matt Nish-Lapidus explore visual narrative formats to honour foundational knowledge systems that have left a lasting impact.

Together, the five works employ a breadth of digital artmaking practices to expand upon personal niches that deserve our greater attention. Each artist brings their own approach to the screen-based medium, integrating nuanced perspectives into new visions for the world.

Image (clockwise from top left): Zebv Diez, Ikot Ng Buhay, 2022; Matt Nish-Lapidus, Finger Plays, 2022; Wei Li, Chili Sauce, 2022 (from Vessels series); Kasra Goodarznezhad, Evolving Maps: A Collective Memory, 2022; Taylor McArthur, Ská Ská, 2022.

Artist Biographies:

Kasra Goodarznezhad is a Tehran-born, Toronto-based new media artist. He holds a BFA in Integrated Media from OCAD University and is the co-founder of two QTBIPOC collectives: Komite and Displaced. Reflecting on growing up in Iran and immigrating to Canada in 2015, Cassraa’s performance and installation practice deals with concepts of displacement, repression, memory, and censorship.

Matt Nish-Lapidus is an artist, writer, and musician. He makes software, sounds, and texts probing the myth that computers need to be useful rather than beautiful. Matt’s interests lie in the poetics of computation and its proclivity to create meaningful relations through iteration and recombination, and how computation can be a source of identity and resistance.

Taylor McArthur (Pogé hąská wašté wiyá/Hummingbird Woman) Nakoda, Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation, Saskatchewan, is a digital artist working with 3D animation, game design, and video. Her digital works aim to create space for tactile interaction and human connection. Taylor’s practice is informed by Indigenous Futurism and seeks to situate her culture within modern and future world visions.

Wei Li is an emerging Chinese Canadian artist. She holds a BFA from the University of Alberta and her work has been included in exhibitions across Canada and the United States. Wei’s dual cultural background challenges her to integrate different cultural perspectives into her work, drawing on the tensions inherent to her identity and informing a new hybrid artistic practice.

Zebv Diez is a Filipino Canadian artist based in Toronto. His work explores the intricacy of identity and precarious navigation of western spaces as an Asian Minority. Born in the Philippines, he draws on his experience of immigration to produce 3D environments which rely heavily on Asian aesthetics to convey the struggles of generational trauma, fetishization, assimilation, and othering.

About the EDAA:

The Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA) is Canada’s award for critical experimentation in digital media, proudly presented by EQ Bank and Trinity Square Video. Established in 2015, the annual prize celebrates the contributions of early-career artists working exclusively in virtual space. Each year, we seek artwork submissions from across the country that push us in new directions and challenge us to see the world through a different screen.

Focal Points is on view at Trinity Square Video (Tuesday-Saturday, 12-5pm) as well as online (24/7) from September 9-October 1, 2022.

Trinity Square Video
401 Richmond St W, #121, Toronto
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