Juliane Foronda: I know about hidden things
I know about hidden things by Juliane Foronda
curated by Letticia Cosbert Miller
with written contributions by Danica Evering, Camille Georgeson-Usher, Karina Griffith, and Ronald Rose-Antoinette
07 January – 19 February 2022
Trinity Square Video
401 Richmond Street West, Toronto
I know about hidden things is a collaborative project which foregrounds artist Juliane Foronda’s ongoing research concerning feminist hospitality, radical care, and traditions of gathering, and is framed by writer/curator Letticia Cosbert Miller’s exploration of the role care plays in the relationships formed between artist, curator, critic, and artwork.
Through a collection of objects, textiles, video, and text, Foronda considers the role of physical support structures such as weighted blankets (in the silence of growing things) and tableware (unit of measure), alongside emotional and ephemeral systems of healing (coping mechanisms and heirlooms). Surfaces, clusters, and lists challenge perceptions of time, language, and gravity, revealing the often concealed labour of care and hospitality in spaces and inanimate objects. Foronda contemplates the anonymous showings of care through the utility of a support pillow (of lack and surplus), or a makeshift wedge (valuable and flawed) – pondering the kind of care these items provide, whether it is imparted through their shape or material, and who cares for them, in return.
Accompanying the exhibition are contributions from writers Danica Evering, Camille Georgeson-Usher, Karina Griffith, and Ronald Rose-Antoinette who Foronda hosted in regular studio visits while developing work for the exhibition, and to whose observations she was able to respond and incorporate into her process. This intertwined approach to exhibition making investigates what hospitality and the generosity it imparts makes possible for the often disconnected processes of curation, art making, self-editing, and criticism. As a result, embedded within every aspect of I know about hidden things is a matrix of relationships fostered contemporaneously, a collective dialogue probing the boundaries of these factions and underscoring their symbiosis.
Juliane Foronda is a Filipina-Canadian artist, organizer and writer. She received her MA in Fine Arts from Listaháskóli Íslands/Iceland University of the Arts in 2018, and her BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph in 2013. She’s currently based between Toronto and Glasgow.
Letticia Cosbert Miller is Toronto-based writer, curator and researcher. Cosbert Miller holds a BA and MA in Classics, and her work as a writer and curator is often in dialogue with historical, mythological, or philosophical tropes from the western classical tradition, interrogating its cultural proliferation.
Danica Evering is from Cobourg, ON. Her semi-fictional writing takes the form of audio descriptions, sculptural biographies, soundwalks, experimental plays. Evering’s SSHRC-supported MA from Concordia questions insider/outsider power dynamics in social practice. She is a communications worker, freelancer, researcher, activist, and on Hamilton Artists Inc’s programming committee.
Ronald Rose-Antoinette explores the operations of blackqueer social life in its contemporary configurations under conditions of institutionalized violence. His curatorial research looks to the intersection of black and queer aesthetic compositions to contemplate the other side of normative/hygienic preoccupations with straightness, sanity, and purity. He lives in Martinique.
Camille Georgeson-Usher is a Coast Salish / Sahtu Dene scholar, artist, and writer from Galiano Island, BC. Usher completed her MA in Art History at Concordia University and is currently a PhD candidate at Queen’s University. She is also the Executive Director of the Indigenous Curatorial Collective.
Karina Griffith is an artist, researcher and curator based in Toronto and Berlin. She is a lecturer with the Institute for Art in Context at the Berlin University of Art and is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute. In 2021, Griffith joined the curatorial team of the Berlinale Forum Expanded.
I know about hidden things is generously supported by
Trinity Square Video
401 Richmond Street West, suite 121
Toronto ON M5V 3A8
Tuesday – Saturday
11AM – 5PM
Due to Ontario’s COVID-19 guidelines, a maximum of 10 people will be
permitted in the gallery at the same time. Visitors are required to
wear a mask and practice social distancing when entering the gallery.