HOME(LAND): Terra Firma

ArtworxTO Hub West | Cloverdale Common

HOME(LAND): Terra Firma, installation view at Cloverdale Common. Photo credit: Ready2Post

ArtworxTO presents HOME(LAND): Terra Firma

February 16 – May 29, 2022
Curated by Claudia Arana


HOME(LAND) is a multimedia exhibition examining how concepts of land intersect and dialogue with the fluid, and shifting characteristics of identity, belonging, and home across and between regions, nations, races and cultures. In 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 layered with unique interracial complexities, examine questions on concepts such as kinship, ancestry, memory, and racialization.


The exhibition explores the earth as a powerful natural element that connects us to the land, the territory that we inhabit and where we build the fabric of our home. The selected works tackle ideas of bio-politics, environmental governance, cultural borders, social displacement and erasure from a perspective of individual resilience, community resistance and participation.

Terra Firma investigates how the earth, the soil and ultimately the land becomes an integral part of our identity and very being. Rooted in observation and interaction with natural landscapes, the selected works examine the notion of kinship as an interconnected and inextricable system existing with the element of the earth, the land and all living things.

Cloverdale Common Cultural Hub at Cloverdale Mall
250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON M9B 3Y83

Wednesday – Saturday, 10-6pm
Sunday, 10-5pm

Online Exhibition: www.homelandexhibition.com


HOME(LAND) programming considers the possibility of opening diaspora discourses by holding spaces from a perspective of reconciliation where artists from different backgrounds and Indigenous peoples can share their experiences and commonalities in relationship to the land, as it encompasses a deep sense of community, spirituality, and identity for both.

Visit homelandexhibition.com for dates and more information.

Curator Tour – Available online March 1, 2022.
Curator Claudia Arana will discuss exhibition references to notions of home, land, identity and belonging from HOME(LAND): Terra Firma.

Artist Conversation – Available online March 15th, 2022.
A conversation in which artists share thoughts related to their ideas of home, identity and belonging and how these have a strong connection with the natural element of the earth.

Artists on Site
HOME(LAND): Terra Firma exhibition Artists will be onsite to share aspects of their project with visitors through workshops, conversations and demonstrations.
Nava Waxman – April 2, 2022, 2-4pm
Alexandra Gelis – May 28, 2022, 2-4pm

In My Element – Tero – Earth – May 7, 10am – 4pm
This symposia is a series of gatherings for refugees/newcomer/immigrant artists to learn more about Indigenous history, culture, to celebrate their contributions to humanity as well as share their ancestral knowledge. This is the second of a three-part symposium series led by Julián Carvajal.

Alexandra Gelis, With – Living Migrant Relations, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist


Alexandra Gelis is a Colombian-Venezuelan, media artist with a background in visual arts and a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Studies at York University. Her work predominantly involves photography, video, electronic and digital processes to rebuild human-plant affiliations, addressing migration, displacement and biopolitics beyond borders and cultures.
alexandragelis.com @alexandragelis

Vancouver-based Hunkpapa Lakota, Sioux artist Dana Claxton frequently draws influence from home. As a descendent of Lakota women who walked to Canada with Sitting Bull, Claxton explores the history from which she descends. Her practice investigates Indigenous beauty, the body, the socio-political and the spiritual.
danaclaxton.com IG @danaclax

Helio Eudoro is a Brazilian-Canadian artist based in Toronto. His photo-based multi-disciplinary work explores layers of visibility that intersect with social and cultural exclusion: gender, sexuality, the body, income, immigration, age and diaspora.
helio-eudoro.format.com @nada_is_nothing

MUSE Arts, is an artist-run community arts organization focused on engaging communities meaningfully and actively through empowerment and education by holding spaces for peacebuilding and social justice. Their initiatives and programs include hands-on activities for woman, children, youth and seniors.
musearts.ca @museartsto

Nava Messas-Waxman is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist working with visual and time-based media, including performance, painting, drawing, moving-image, and installation. Her practice engages with notions of identity, memory, liminality, and the body as an archive. Born in Netivot, Israel to a Moroccan Jewish family, she investigates themes of movement, migration, time, and space.
navawaxman.com @navawaxman_m


Claudia Arana is a Latinx Independent Curator and Cultural Connector who has installed her practice at the intersection of artistic platforms which promote diversity and inclusion of varied cultural perspectives. Drawing from a mestizo background, Claudia’s curatorial work centers on in-between, and mixed cultures that develop along physical, political and social borders.
www.claudiaarana.com @claudiaaranab

Helio Eudoro, O Manto de Invisibilidade 3, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist


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