Images Festival Presents All Flourishing Is Mutual

Installation view at Commerce Court (C-134). Photo credit: Laura Findlay.

All Flourishing Is Mutual

December 2 – February 24, 2023
Commerce Court (C-134) 199 Bay Street, Toronto ON

Curated by Katie Lawson and Jaclyn Quaresma with the support of Collison Gallery.

The exhibition takes place in the PATH at Commerce Court (C-134) and gently opened to the public on Friday, December 2, 2022. The reception and curator tour will occur on Friday, January 13, 2023 | RSVP here.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

All Flourishing Is Mutual introduces a glitch to the network of Commerce Court as an exhibition within the sprawling underground pedestrian tunnels of the PATH in so-called Toronto. The exhibition proposes alternative values in place of the dominance of capitalism, prioritizing exchanges based on gratitude, reciprocity, and relationship. Logan MacDonald, Odeimin Runners Club, Patricia Domínguez, sophia bartholomew, Sylvia Matas, each in their distinct way, explore ways of sustaining connection to the non-human world.

These relationships are mediated by ancient and future technologies, enabling the meeting of bodies and material through the warp and weft of textile, augmented reality, belief systems, surveillance footage, or the scrap heap.

All Flourishing Is Mutual is indebted to the writing of Robin Wall Kimmerer, whose recent text “The Serviceberry” provides both the title and a framework to shift our understanding of abundance and scarcity, together and apart. Working across a wide range of mediums, the works of Logan MacDonald, Odeimin Runners Club, Patricia Domínguez, sophia bartholomew, and Sylvia Matas provide nuance to considerations of belonging, bodies, plants, and public space.

Supported by the Canada Council of the Arts’ Reopening Fund, this exhibition bridges Images Festival’s annual festival activities. It offers an opportunity to extend formal, conceptual, and social inquiries into new and unexpected public spaces.

Installation view at Commerce Court (C-134). Photo credit: Laura Findlay.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Logan MacDonald is a mid-career Canadian-based interdisciplinary visual artist, curator, educator and activist who focuses on queer, disability, and Indigenous perspectives. He is of European and Mi’kmaq ancestry, who identifies with both his settler and Indigenous roots. Born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, his Mi’kmaq ancestry is connected maternally to Elmastukwek, Ktaqamkuk. He is an Assistant Professor in Studio Arts and a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Art at the University of Waterloo.

Patricia Domínguez Claro (b.1984, Santiago de Chile) is an artist, educator, and defender of the living. Bringing together experimental research on ethnobotany, healing practices, and the corporatization of well being, her work focuses on tracing relationships among living species in an increasingly complex cosmos. She is currently director of the ethnobotanical platform Studio Vegetalista.

sophia bartholomew works outwards from the ruins and runes of their own cultural inheritance, adapting found and salvaged materials to create material-spiritual constructions. They are descended from Norwegian immigrants on Treaty 3 territory and English and Irish settlers in so-called Toronto. They recently completed their MFA at the University of Guelph.

Sylvia Matas is an artist living on Treaty One Territory in Winnipeg. Her work has been exhibited at Gallery 44, YYZ Artist’s Outlet, Mercer Union (Toronto), the Maclaren Art Centre (Barrie, ON), The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Plug In ICA (Winnipeg), Truck Contemporary Art (Calgary), and Útúrdúr (Reykjavik).

The Odeimin Runners Club is a collective of Ogimaakwe—women warriors, Indigenous and Caribbean—inspired by the traditional teachings of the strawberry or ‘heart’berry. Together, members Adrian Kahgee (Saugeen First Nation), Rebeka Tabobondung (Wasauksing First Nation), and Debbie Ebanks Schlums (Turtle Island/Jamaica) exhibited works at the Durham Art Gallery, Agnes Etherington Gallery, and Nuit Blanche.

ABOUT THE CURATORS

Katie Lawson is a curator and writer based in Toronto. Most recently, she was a curator for the Toronto Biennial of Art, working with Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien on the inaugural 2019 and 2021 editions. She has guest curated exhibitions at the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie; Y+ Contemporary, Scarborough; RYMD, Reykjavik; the Art Museum, Toronto; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Katie is a graduate of the Master of Visual Studies Curatorial program at the University of Toronto, where she previously completed her Master of Arts in Art History. Lawson was awarded the Hnatyshyn Foundation Fogo Island Arts Young Curator Residency in 2022. She is currently working towards a PhD in Art and Visual Culture at Western University, with an interest in contemporary art and climate change.

Jaclyn Quaresma is a curator whose work considers the tension between the survival of the environment as we know it and our survival in the mediated environments we create for ourselves, both culturally and ecologically. Central to her curatorial praxis is an interest in non-dominant, anti-oppressive, multigenerational structures of gathering, learning, and sharing. Jaclyn is the current Programming Director for the Images Festival.

ACCESSIBILITY AND COVID-19

Images Festival is committed to providing an accessible festival and continues to work to reduce barriers to participation at our events. This year, we are implementing a COVID-19 policy to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission for all, and to prioritize the participation of people who are disability-identified, immunocompromised, or part of an otherwise vulnerable group.

Accessible entrances to Commerce Court include via the Brookfield Place Tunnel and the parking elevator located in the hallway directly between Suite 146 and the CIBC Personal Banking Centre.

Accessible and all-gender washrooms are found at the back of the food court.

The following guidelines will be in place:
Self-Assessment: We ask that staff and participants screen themselves for COVID-19 before visiting the exhibition.

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