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January 2020

Dying.exhibits

January 15 to January 31
3rd Floor Hallway Gallery, 180 Shaw Street
Toronto, Ontario M6J2W5 Canada
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Toronto, ON — We all die, so why aren’t we talking about it? Taboo Health and the Health Design Studio at OCAD University are pleased to present Dying.exhibits: an exhibition series on end-of-life running during the DesignTO festival in January. Inviting participants to think about their relationship with life and death as a process, while encouraging heart-level conversations about complex and difficult topics, the exhibition gets comfortable with the uncomfortable, exploring death through the lens of art and design. Tackling…

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JESSICA HIEMSTRA “THE SKY IS FALLING”

January 16 to January 26
TwoPenny Café – Mezzanine, 180 Shaw Street
Toronto, Ontario M6J2W5 Canada
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KFB Poetry Lab + DesignTO presents JESSICA HIEMSTRA The Sky is Falling Jan 17 – Jan 26 2020 Exhibition Visual artist, designer and poet Jessica Hiemstra creates an abstracted paper sky on the ceiling of Toronto’s only all-poetry bookstore, Knife Fork Book. Using watercolour paper, thread and washes of hand-made Genzah watercolour paint, Hiemstra’s sky is one that is torn and sewn back together. This sky has tangled stitching, punctures, long dangling threads, and fragments of poetry sewn into it.…

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Opening Reception – Karen Tam: the chrysanthemum has opened twelve times

January 23 @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Koffler Gallery – Studio 105, 180 Shaw Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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In a new series of immersive installations, Montréal artist Karen Tam evokes the early Chinese Canadian and other historical photo studios that served Chinese communities in Canada. Her intricate recreations of portrait studio settings and backdrops integrate found and fabricated objects, archival images, 1940s vinyl recordings of Cantonese opera, and mookyu song performances, revealing layered experiences of immigration, cultural displacement and longing. Restaging and reframing the social spaces where cultural blending, interaction, misunderstanding and memory can be located, Tam searches…

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