Rebecca Sweets: LOVE MY DYSFUNCTIONS

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LOVE MY DYSFUNCTIONS
by Rebecca Sweets

Opening Reception | February 13th, 2020 from 7-9pm
Exhibition Dates | Free Admission | February 14th – March 14th
Gallery Hours | Monday to Friday from 10-6pm, Saturdays from 1-6pm
Location | Charles Street Video, located in Toronto Media Arts Centre (32 Lisgar Street, 2nd Floor).

The Margin of Eras Gallery (MOEG) announces LOVE MY DYSFUNCTIONS, a solo exhibition by Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist Rebecca Sweets. This immersive installation explores the artist’s mad, neurodivergent, and disabled identity through the lens of executive dysfunction, a dominant symptom of ADHD. The exhibition is concerned with social constructs of dysfunction within the context of “higher education” that normalizes neurotypicality by reinforcing ableist, sanist, and capitalist modes of existence.

“The exhibition reflects a common practice of institutions individualizing mental health to avert accountability. As academic institutions deny their role in perpetuating high rates of student distress; flawed “solutions” such as anti-stigma campaigns, self-care initiatives, resiliency models, and other individualized notions become a standard and passive response. The oversaturation of band-aid initiatives serves to decenter the university as a systemic contributor to issues faced by Mad students and continue on a legacy of inaction.”

The show is accompanied by Dying to Learn: A Mad Students Panel on February 28th, 7-9pm at Charles Street Video.

This panel will be a conversation on anti-sanism and anti-ableism in academia ranging from topics such as the institutionalization of sanism and ableism in academic policy and culture, internalized ableism and sanism in the academy, and imagining what a mad-positive university might look like.

LOVE MY DYSFUNCTIONS is funded by the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Poster design by Rabeea Syed.
Photo by Roya DelSol.
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About Rebecca Sweets
Rebecca Sweets is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist, troublemaker, and doll collector. Through vulnerable, exploratory and immersive techniques, her mediums combine tangible, performative, and interactive storytelling. Her work involves themes of mixed race identity, digital intimacy, and radical empathy at the intersection of disability justice, mad pride and neurodiversity.
rebeccasweets.com | Instagram

About the Margin of Eras Gallery
The Margin of Eras Gallery is dedicated to showcasing the work of new-generation artists who live and work on the margins—artists who face systemic barriers due to social, cultural and economic marginalization, and who have been underrepresented within conventional arts institutions. The Margin of Eras Gallery is a project of CUE.
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About Charles Street Video
Charles Street Video is a non-profit production organization established in 1981 to help support media artists. The organization provides affordable access to equipment and post-production editing facilities for creating videos, films, installations and other media art forms, and offers regular workshops, training sessions and residencies.
charlesstreetvideo.com | Instagram | Facebook

Accessibility Information: Toronto Media Arts Centre is a fully accessible venue. Learn more about the building’s accessibility features at: policies.tomediaarts.org/procedure-manual/policies/accessibility

CONTACT:
Roya DelSol, Coordinator, Margin of Eras Gallery | marginoferasgallery@gmail.com
Rebecca Sweets, Artist | rebeccasweetsart@gmail.com