HOME(LAND): Bodies of Water
ArtworxTO Hub West | Cloverdale Common
Curated by Claudia Arana
September 22, 2021 to January 16, 2022
Cloverdale Common Cultural Hub at Cloverdale Mall
250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON M9B 3Y83
Wednesday – Saturday, 10-6pm
Online Exhibition: www.homelandexhibition.com
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
HOME(LAND) examines how concepts of land intersect and dialogue with the fluid and shifting characteristics of identity, belonging, and home across and between races, regions, cultures and nations. Through a series of three exhibitions, HOME(LAND) investigates the complex issues surrounding contemporary cultural discourses on global migration, site, and identity. Artists from diverse backgrounds whose practice and work are infused by unique intersectional complexities, examine questions on concepts such as kinship, ancestry, memory, and racialization.
HOME(LAND): Bodies of Water
This exhibition examines water as the first element we came to know, as it gently cradled us and held us. Water is one of the four primary elements from which all of life is created, along with fire, air and earth. Water is a predominant and vital element that connects us to the land and to one another. The works selected for the exhibition explore this element and its different means in unique emotional, spiritual, cultural and socio-political ways.
HOME(LAND)’ s projects and programming invite the possibility of opening diasporic discourses for perspectives of reconciliation. Holding space where artists from diverse backgrounds and indigenous peoples are able to share their experiences and commonalities in relationship to the land, as it encompasses a deep sense of community, spirituality, and identity for both.
Our Home, Our Communities:
Our Home Our Communities is an art-based community engagement project exploring community members’ ideas of what makes a home: a place of shelter, protection, refuge, comfort, family and community.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Akshata Naik is a contemporary visual artist, educator, and administrator born and raised in Mumbai and now based in Toronto. Naik’s work reflects upon her lived experiences of moving homes, cities and countries through a lens of migration, displacement, home and belonging. www.akshatanaik.com
Mirna Chacín is a Venezuelan-born Canadian visual artist whose work reflects on concepts around loss and grief, uprooting, belonging, and cultural traditions through the engagement of communities from a perspective of diversity and inclusion. www.mirnachacin.com
Peter Owusu-Ansah is a Deaf visual artist. He believes he can communicate through our eyesight without words. He has explored the curiosity of seeing life through paintings, photographing and manipulating photographs into pop art. IG @peteroarts
The Onaman Collective was founded in 2014 by Indigenous artists and environmentalists Christi Belcourt, Isaac Murdoch, and Erin Konsmo. Their art-based activism raises the voices of communities engaged in water and land protection actions as they relate to First Nation communities and territories. www.onamancollective.com
Shabnam Afrand is a multi-disciplinary visual artist, born and educated in Tehran, Iran. Her practice revolves around concepts of memory and longing through the construction of symbolic objects and settings. www.shabnamafrand.com
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Claudia Arana is an independent curator, arts administrator, and cultural connector who has instilled in her practice the construction of virtual and physical artistic platforms to promote inclusion of different cultural perspectives. She aims to include socially and politically viable artistic practices through the engagement of physical and digital spaces exploring notions of kinship, memory, radicalization and global migration. She studied Art Theory and Critical Thinking at the School of Visual Arts as well as Advanced Critique at the International Centre of Photography in New York City. Arana is the curator for the ArtworxTO Cultural Hub in Etobicoke for the 2021 Toronto’s Year of Public Art and the Operations Manager at Sur Gallery. www.claudiaarana.com
ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021–2022 is a year-long celebration of Toronto’s exceptional public art collection and the creative community behind it. Working closely with artists and Toronto’s arts institutions, the City of Toronto is delivering major public art projects and commissions, citywide, from fall 2021 to fall 2022. Supporting local artists and new artworks that reflect Toronto’s diversity, ArtworxTO is creating more opportunities for Torontonians to engage with art in their everyday lives. This year, explore your city and discover creativity and community–everywhere. Visit artworxTO.ca for full details.