You’re invited to experience My Head Lay on a Trusty Word, a documentary film exhibition by Roberto Santaguida. This is the final exhibition of Space Shapes Place, a national series of vibrant commissions produced by Tangled Art + Disability.
About the exhibition
My Head Lay on A Trusty Word marks a new installation by Montreal-born filmmaker Roberto Santaguida. The narrative sculpts a tale of his own personal journey: at fourteen years old, Santaguida ran away from home and dreamt he found redemption on the Atlantic coast. For this project, the artist replicated his travels east, revisiting the small towns, scenic routes, twilight beaches, and the woman who helped him find his way back.
Opening Reception: April 19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Exhibition dates: April 19 – May 19, 2018
Location: Tangled Art Gallery S-122, 401 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON
About the artist
Since completing his studies in film production at Concordia University, Roberto Santaguida has worked extensively in documentary and experimental film. His films have shown at more than 250 international festivals around the world. Santaguida is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award and a fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany.
Tangled Art Gallery is in a barrier-free location. Audio description will be available for the exhibit. For public engagements we will have ASL interpreters, live transcription and attendant care present. Service animals are welcome. We request that you help us to make this a scent-free environment
Tangled Art Gallery is located in studio 122 on the main floor on the 401 Richmond Building. The closest accessible subway station is at Osgoode Station. The closest accessible streetcar stop is the 510 Spadina Queen Street West Stop (Queen Street stop going south from Spadina Station, Richmond Street stop going north from Union Station.)
For images, interviews, or more information please contact: Kristina McMullin
P: 647 725 5064
A still of My Head Lay on a Trusty Word. The frame features a table setting with a plate of food, one fork and one glass. The tablecloth is cream coloured with a bright red floral pattern. The image is grainy like old film.
“We welcome the opportunity to have Fiona explore the complexities of her identity through these two pieces: one almost overwhelming in its size, but offering an inner space for solitude; the other a foreboding metaphor for the future of our evolving culture and disability identified peoples’ place in it.” – Barak adé Soleil, Curator and Artistic Director of Tangled Art + Disability
The Maze Project & A Distant Memory 2 The Maze Project is an inventive large scale work encompassing the gallery with its intricate repeating patterns and symbolic pair of shoes hovering above, encased thickly in concrete. For Legg, the installation represents challenges she, a self-identified Mad person, encounters when navigating the world. In addition to this new work, a new version of Legg’s A Distant Memory will be exhibited. Originally created for an outdoor garden space, this industrial sculptural piece will be reimagined within the interior of the gallery in complement to the maze.
Fiona Legg was born in England and moved to Canada at an early age. Always interested in the arts, she has tried her hand at a wide variety of media over the years. Almost entirely self-taught, Legg has always had an affinity for anything textile related. She has lived in various places across the country, giving her a unique perspective of Canada. Legg currently works full time as an artist in Barrie, Ontario.
Opening Reception:March 1, 6-8pm, 2018 Media Preview:March 1, 4-5pm, 2018 Exhibition Dates:March 1 – March 24, 2018 Second Saturday Social: March 10, 2018
VibraFusionLab (VFL) began in 2014 in London, Ontario, growing out of an artist residency and collaboration between media artist David Bobier and the Inclusive Media and Design Centre at Ryerson University. The vision, to provide access to emerging inclusive or adaptive technology and design to artists of all disciplines and abilities, will be illustrated in the upcoming retrospective: VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices in Accessibility, Art and Communication. Vtape is proud to host this immersive exhibition, which will feature educational ephemera in the Commons Research Centre, and works by seven artists involved in the residency program: Marla Hlady; Gordon Monahan; Lindsay Fisher; Alison O’Daniel; Ellen Moffat; Lynx Sainte-Marie; and David Bobier. The seven artists in the exhibition self-identify as either abled or disabled and all have been affiliated with VibraFusionLab over the past 3-4 years.
The works specialize in the exploration of “vibrotactility” in technology, investigating it as a creative medium, with a capacity to combine visual, audio and tactile elements into a highly emotional and sensorial art practice. Viewers can expect wearable devices, and new approaches to art-making that champion the senses beyond vision and hearing, to build new methods of communication and language.
An online catalogue has been published at www.vflvibrations.com with essays by Eliza Chandler, Evan Hibbard and David Bobier.
Deaf, what? is an exciting multimedia exhibit developed by Toronto-based artist Sage Willow in collaboration with photographer Alice Lo that highlights the experiences and contributions of activists, change makers and everyday people who identify within the Deaf spectrum – as having some degree of deafness. Filling Tangled Art Gallery with 50 portraits of individuals from across the country and interviews documenting their travels, these artists want to draw attention to the multitude of Deaf folk whose legacies continue to be ignored.
“The history of Canada’s treatment towards Deaf people includes acts of audism spanning more than a couple of centuries. It’s time for more visibility, awareness, and recognition. We are inviting you to explore our lives through our intersectional experiences in “Deaf, what?” – Sage Willow
As part of this project’s development, award-winning Canadian photographer Zun Lee will be serving as advisor.
Please join Tangled as we present our final exhibition of 2017, between December 7 – 16. Home: Body is a series of live performances featuring Jessica Leung [Vancouver, BC], Jenelle Rouse [London, ON], and Cindy Baker [Edmonton/Lethbridge AB], who are shaping space and place through the body in distinctive ways.
There are several different performances with the artists, beginning with the opening on Thursday, December 7, 2017.
Each event has its own link to RSVP. Due to the size of the gallery and access requirements, all interested in attending need to register. If you have any questions, please call or email Kristina: 647-725-5046 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, December 7 Opening event: 6pm – 8pm
Featured for this opening to Home : Body, Deaf emerging artist Jessica Leung will present a selection from their poetry. To RSVP for this event – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/home-body-opening-reception-tickets-40154371807
Friday, December 8 Performance: 7pm – 9pm
Emerging artist Jessica Leung and dance artist Jenelle Rouse perform new selections from poetry and original dance work reflecting their experiences as Deaf people of colour. Themes of intersectionality and navigating a hearing-centric society inform the individual performances. To RSVP for this performance – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/home-body-december-8-performance-tickets-40154532287
Saturday, December 9 Live Described Performance: 7pm – 9pm
This is the second night that Jessica and Jenelle will present their individual performances. Live Description and ASL interpretation will be integrated. To RSVP for this Live Described performance – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/home-body-december-9-live-described-performance-tickets-40154603500
Tangled partners with FADO Performance Art Centre to present Performance Artist Cindy Baker
Thursday, December 14 & Friday, December 15 Performances: 1 – 4pm
Cindy Baker will present a new iteration of her noted “Crash Pad” within the confines of the gallery space. Crash Pad centralizes the artist’s “failing,” disabled, or otherwise socially taboo body. No RSVP is needed to attend these afternoon performances.
Saturday, December 16 Live Described Performance: 7 – 9pm
For this evening performance of Cindy Baker’s “Crash Pad” Live Description will be integrated. Dialog with the artist follows.
To RSVP for this performance – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/home-body-december-16-performance-tickets-40154764983
at The Commons on the 4th floor of 401 Richmond Street West Building —
Saturday, December 16 Performance: Academy: 2 – 4pm
For this unique public engagement. Cindy Baker will offer an “academy” that invites all who attend an opportunity to participate.
This engagement is hosted by FADO Performance Arts. To RSVP – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/december-16-public-engagement-fado-performance-academy-with-cindy-baker-tickets-40154691764
Tangled Art Gallery is barrier-free and service animals are welcome. ASL interpretation and attendant care will be provided. We ask for everyone to support a scent-free environment. The closest accessible subway station is Union Station, the closest accessible streetcar stops are the 510 Spadina Queen Street stop southbound and, Richmond Street stop going northbound.
[Image Description: A photograph that is of a close-up of the artist, Cindy Baker, laying on her stomach on a small circular mattress on the floor of a glass-walled gallery. Her face is pointed towards the camera, eyes closed and she is embracing a blue and white mattress cover. ]
This talk will be held within the gallery and due to limited capacity and access, we are requesting that all interested in attending RSVP.
Exhibition dates: October 26 – November 25, 2017
Opening Artist Talk: October 26, 6:00-8:00 pm
Media Preview: October 26, 3:00-5:00 pm
Second Saturday Social: November 11, 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: Tangled Art Gallery S-122, 401 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON
Dirt is the central material that multidisciplinary artist Bishara Elmi works with in Salt of the Earth; signifying how this element is loaded with multiple meanings and legacies that span across continents to the artist’s homeland in Somalia. This new installation is comprised of crafted domestic objects made from earth that enact a “home” space. These dirt sculptures which Elmi labours over in the making of the work could fall apart at any moment within the installation, and the sense of stability that comes with home could cease to exist.
About The Artist:
Bishara Elmi is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, educator, and public speaker working in visual forms and with numerous materials and creative processes, currently residing in Toronto by way of Mogadishu. Elmi also works individually and within collectives centering BIPOC youth, women and femmes voices and stories and has created many spaces for these types of storytelling and skill sharing to take place.
Tangled Art Gallery is Canada’s first fully accessible disability arts gallery dedicated to advancing accessible programming and curatorial practices. Tangled Art Gallery is proud to be barrier-free, cost-free, and open to the public. All events include ASL Interpretation, Attendant Care, and trained sighted guides. Service animals are welcome. We ask that you help us make our events scent free.
Second Saturday Socials are part of the public programming of Tangled Art Gallery’s Series: Space Shapes Place. October’s Second Saturday Social will take place in tangent with sab meynert’s exhibition, Progress is a Spiral Upwards, and will include a guided live description tour of the exhibition, a dialog between the artist and Tangled Art Gallery’s Artistic Director, Barak adé Soleil, as well snacks and beverages.
The live description tour will begin at 2:00pm, followed by a dialog with the artist.
Progress is a Spiral Upward, a visual arts exhibit by Toronto-based artist sab meynert, consists of vivid drawings and sculptural pieces. meynert utilizes organic repetitive patterning, interweaving poetic imagery and text to reveal graphic maps reflecting life’s infinitely unfolding nature. For this premiere exhibit, meynert will show new pieces that incorporate semi-precious crystal, alabaster stone, 24k gold and silver, and organic matter, in addition to handcrafted ink and paint paper works. These new elements call upon their traditional knowledge, rooted in ways that intentionally draw out the metaphysical abilities of material, and move the work beyond the limits of form.
Join us for the Gladstone Hotel’s 8th Annual TSG exhibition; a group show celebrating new works by LGBTTI2QQ artists curated by Syrus Marcus Ware.
TSG: Uprising considers the ways that we mount (small scale/daily and large-scale global) uprisings through collaborative change making across the globe to fight for our self determination as queer and trans people with multitude interlocking experiences of marginalization- thinking about migration, disability, sexuality, gender and race and their intersections.
Uprising, refers to many things, descriptive of the kinds of massive protests, civic engagement and wide-spread calls for systemic change that we have witnessed across North America. Some of the most pressing of these calls to action have come from within the Toronto queer and trans communities.
The last year has witnessed dramatic arts-based displays of activism within Toronto’s Pride Parade by Black Lives Matter-TO, widespread support for INAC shut downs by Indigenous youth and ongoing actions in support of land defence and water protection.
Indeed, 2017 is a time for reflecting on these fires of change, burning bright and largely nurtured by LGBTTI2QQ and two-spirited activists and artists. We have witnessed unprecedented coverage of cross-movement building amongst Indigenous, Black and POC Two-Spirited and LGBTTI2QQ communities, collective struggle and the need to unify and call for creative responses to transphobic and homophobic violence that is dis-proportionally affecting Indigenous and racialized trans women. TSG: Uprising highlights the need for artistic engagement and responses to propel our activisms into a new dimension.
We have seen such a thrust towards right-wing conservatism across North America over the past five years, and in particular since the US election in November 2016. This conservatism threatens particularly vulnerable queer and trans community members across both the US and Canada, limiting our abilities to move and be in public space (proposed travel bans, limited border crossings, inability to access public washrooms for trans people, cuts to disability supports and the list goes on).
This neoliberal turn threatens artistic sustainability, freedom of speech and the survival of human on this planet. Now more than ever we need the to engage with arts-based activisms, artistic considerations of social issues and arts-informed problem solving.
TSG: Uprising offers an opportunity to imagine new ways of being together, of working together and of shaping the world together. The artists in this year’s show root their practices in social justice and liberation theory and offers us a way forward through to a world where we all get to be free.
Featuring artists: Raven Davis, Anique Jordan (Jashoba Jordan), Melisse Watson, Lynx Sainte-Marie+ Ciel Sainte-Marie, Andrew Mcphail, Mikiki Burino, Lindsay Fisher, Amber Williams-King, Vanessa Kwan, and Patchwork Mckenzie Rodney Diverlus Ella Cooper
See you at our OPENING PARTY on all 4 floors of the Gladstone Hotel’s exhibition galleries on June 22nd 7-10pm, in conjunction with 10×10 PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT (curated by James Fowler) and Pride Month in Toronto.
Join us on July 27th for the TSG Artist Pecha Kucha 7-9pm
Join us after the Opening in the Gladstone Melody Bar for after-party drinks, eats and fabulous beats by DJ Ace Dillinger!
ACCESS INFO: The Gladstone Hotel is located at the corner of Queen and Gladstone. The closest subway is Dufferin Station.
There is an access ramp at the front entrance and accessible washrooms throughout the hotel. There is an antique hand operated elevator that can fit about 4 people standing and 1 person seated with the lift operator.
Remarks will be in English, we are working to secure ASL interpretation at the moment.
“MIXER is about deepening community, discovering new ways of working together, experiencing multi-layered artistry and affirming intersectional identities.”
Creative Users is launching our 3rd edition of Crip Interiors titled MIXER, curated by award-winning artists Syrus Marcus Ware and Barak adé Soleil and hosted this year by Tangled Art + Disability at Tangled Art Gallery in 401 Richmond Street West building, Suite 122.
Crip Interiors is a provocative demonstration of disability art and activism that brings together distinct creative perspectives and mediums into a shared space. The work presented in Crip Interiors exposes that which is often hidden, revealing the daily labour, creativity, and love that goes into negotiating public and private spaces often built and organized without disabled bodies in mind.
Collaboration, process and explorations of disability justice will be central to the collective work of MIXER. In July, a core of disability-identified artists from Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities will participate in a 5-week open studio period designed and co-facilitated by Syrus Marcus Ware and Barak adé Soleil. The artists will engage in an immersive creation process and develop new collaborative installation work that will be exhibited for three days, August 10th-12th. Exploring the intimacy of collaborative process, the artists of colour within the Deaf, Mad, disability communities, and of varied disciplines will creatively engage with each other in ways that are experimental and expansive. MIXER is about deepening community, discovering new ways of working together, experiencing multi-layered artistry and affirming intersectional identities. Public programming will include artist dialogs, open studio moments and showing of the artists’ communal process through a three-day exhibition.
MIXER focuses on new collaborations and creative process, with participating artists: Kanika Gupta, Anique Jordan, Wy Joung Kou, Najla Nubyanluv and Melisse Watson.
About the curators:
A black and white photograph of a black man in side profile. His hand is holding the side of his face, and his eyes are looking downwards. The man is wearing a dark sweater and a newsboy cap. He appears to be in deep thought.
Barak adé Soleil
Barak adé Soleil has been part of the international contemporary arts scene for 25 years. Currently Barak is the Artistic Director of Tangled Art + Disability and making performance work focused on the intersection and intertwining legacies of race and disability.
A black and white photo of Syrus, a black trans man, sitting sideways in a wicker chair, with his back leaning against the wall behind the chair. He is smiling and is looking for towards his left side. He has long black dreadlocks, and is playing with some of them in his hand.
Syrus Marcus Ware
Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier Scholar, a visual artist, community activist, researcher, youth-advocate, educator, and core-team member of Black Lives Matter Toronto. As a visual artist, Syrus works within the mediums of painting, installation and performance to challenge systemic oppression. Syrus’ work explores the spaces between and around identities; acting as provocations to our understandings of gender, sexuality and race.
About the artists:
A Black and White image of a Black woman sitting cross legged, the frame of the photo cuts off the right side of her body. On the left side of the fraim her shadow is cast. Anique wears a piece of patterned cloth wrapped loosely around her head and shoulders and a t-shirt that reads “stolen from Africa”.
Anique Jordan is a multi-disciplinary artist, award-winning writer, scholar and social-entrepreneur. As an artist, her artwork plays with the aesthetics found in traditional Trinidadian carnival and the theory of hauntology challenging historical narratives and creating, what she calls, impossible images. Her art creation processes are guided by the questions: What stories do we tell that go unchallenged? And in how many ways can we know a thing? Anique’s work has taken her to Jamaica, Costa Rica, South Africa, Ecuador, Trinidad and Barbados exploring the connections between art and socio-economic survival. Anique has performed and exhibited in galleries across Canada including Art Gallery of Windsor (2017), Eastern Edge Gallery (2016), Art Gallery of Ontario (2016), Nuit Blanche (2016), Gallery 44 (2016), Crossroads Artspace (2015) and The Watah Gallery (2015). She is currently the executive director of Whippersnapper Gallery, part of the curatorial team at the Art Gallery of Ontario and working on the manuscript for her first book, Possessed: Black Women, Hauntology and Art as Survival. @aniquejordan, aniquejjordan.com
Pictured in this photo is mixed race east-asian femme person with facial piercings and the sides of their head shaved, sitting upright on a cement ledge with their legs crossed and hands resting on their knee. They have a neutral facial expression and are looking into the camera wearing bright red lipstick, winged eyeliner, large circular earrings, prayer beads around their wrist, a black blazer with gold detailing, fitted black pants and black nail polish. Behind them is a garage door and brick wall full of colourful graffiti.
Wy Joung Kou
Wy Joung Kou is an emerging queer multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto. Their practice includes work in mosaic, installation, community-based art, performance, poetry and disability art. They have been self-employed as a queer community barber for 4 years and have been producing permanent public artwork with Red Dress Productions with communities in St James Town, Winchester Park and Etobicoke since 2015. They have received over 2 years of mentorship in ceramic and glass mosaic production and community art facilitation. Kou has presented disability focused artwork in group exhibitions such as Project Creative Users’ CRIP INTERIORS shows as well as with Alliedoscope Collective and Storywave Collective.
In 2014 Kou was chosen to participate in the Asian Arts Freedom School’s Drag Musical Mentorship Program and has since performed in Les Femmes Fatales: Women & Femmes of Colour Burlesque Troupe’s rotating cast as a burlesque performer. They have performed at community shows and events such as Unapologetic Burlesque, PinkdotTO and the LGBT Youth Awards Gala. Kou was recently awarded the Ontario Art Council’s Access and Career Development Grant to continue to pursue work and mentorship with Red Dress Productions as they took part in the production and mounting of Drift Seeds, a large community theater production presented in Winchester Park in June 2017. They seek to cultivate a disability arts practice that centers accessibility while exploring themes of grief, resilience, chronic illness and healing.
A Black woman is in the middle ground of the frame. Behind her is sweeping bright red fabric. The foreground is a brown object that her arm is resting on. Her hand is resting on her cheek with her fingers folded over at a right angle. Her eyes are looking to the right.
Graduate of The Watah Theatre School & alumni of bCurrent’s mandiela rAiz’n in the Sun ensemble, Najla Nubyanluv is a queer black playwright, actor, author, doula & Residency Coordinator at The Watah Theatre. During her recent Sorplusi Arts Fellowship at Watah, Nubyanluv’s afrofuturist play I Cannot Lose My Mind received Individual Creation funding from Canada Council for the Arts. She is also the author & illustrator of I Love Being Black, a children’s book published by Sorplusi Press. Look out for the world premiere of I Cannot Lose My Mind in Watah’s upcoming 2017/18 Season of Nomads.
A Woman sits at a desk with a pencil/pen in her hand poised over a piece of paper. She wears a white shirt and red paints. Her long Dark hair falls onto her shoulders. She is laughing and looking into the distance outside the frame to the left, she is laughing.
Kanika is an artist, writer and social entrepreneur who actively influences change by leading by example. Her visual artistic practice is diverse ranging from stick figure doodles to sculpture, painting to photography. Through all of her creative and community building endeavours, Kanika seeks to contribute towards creating new societal norms that are more inclusive and accurately embody what it means to be human. Art entered and opened up Kanika’s world in 2013. Kanika has participated in The Brain Project, a commissioned outdoor Public Art Installation and has exhibited her work in public galleries in Toronto, Canada.
Melisse stands in front of a white wall with their arms crossed holding their elbow and arm. Their body casts a light shadow behind them, and overlaps with the shadow of another figure. Their face is tilted up catching the light from the ceiling. They are wearing a black top, pants and shoes. The top is long and reads CALIF.
Melisse is an activist, earthworker and multidisciplinary artist, utilizing performance, visual, aural and installation art to provoke socio-political change and thriving imagined futures for Black and Indigenous bodies.
Melisse wrote, directed and performed in their award-winning show I Was Born White at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2014. Melisse has also performed in the Summerworks Festival and the Rhubarb Festival. Melisse has presented solo and collaborative visual and performance work at The ARt Gallery of Ontario, The National Arts Centre, The Theatre Centre, The Drake Hotel, Harbourfront Centre, Daniel Spectrum, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre and at Pride Toronto.
About Tangled Art + Disability:
Tangled Art + Disability is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing disability arts in Canada by supporting Mad, Deaf and disability creative practices, engaging public programming and exhibitions. In April of this 2016, Tangled opened Toronto’s first art gallery dedicated to showcasing disability art and advancing accessible curatorial practices.Tangled is changing the ways people experience art.www.tangledarts.org