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Image: Poster designed by OCAD University Graphic Design student Phoebe Chen.
 

Exhibition fosters community with artwork by Asian-identifying students & faculty

Blueprint for a Collective Home, an exhibition that tackles anti-Asian racism and building community through art, opened on April 8 on the second floor of 100 McCaul St. at OCAD University.

On view until April 20, the show’s over 40 multimedia works by students and faculty at OCAD U reimagine the home as an environment that is free from gender roles, stereotypes and other structures of harm.  

Co-curated by Drawing and Painting student Emerald Repard-Denniston and  Photography student Loanne II Tran and co-organized by Sculpture and Installation students Katie Luu and Jason Mendiola as well as Life Studies student Aysia Tse, the exhibition will create a space for reconnection, sharing, healing and love.  

“We hope to have everyone contribute to the building of a safe shared space. Together we can engage in mutual learning and dialogue with one another,” notes Tse.

While building this structure together, the artists’ works consider the intersectional complexities and experiences of what home means to those living in the diaspora. Participating artists are also offering a series of workshops from April 8 to 20 on topics that include printmaking, the relationship between mehndi (also known as henna) and identity, crocheting and mahjong.  

“As a community, we invest in a space where we are seen, heard and valued. We invite the audience into our home to consider their own relationality and involve them in the process of building safe(r) space(s),” the organizers note in their exhibition statement.   

Blueprint for a Collective Home is presented by the AZN Artists Collective, a student led group at OCAD U made up of Asian creatives working to build community strength and solidarity, co-founded by Repard-Denniston and Tran. Through art, they come together to address identity, political concerns and issues of social justice. 

“We’re coming together and rebuilding a space for all Asian-identifying bodies that is free of trauma, stereotypes and Western ideologies. This exhibition allows us to heal as a community and provide long term loving support,” notes Tran who is a co-founder of the AZN Artists Collective. 

The exhibition has been made possible with support from the OCAD U Student Union, the Office of the Vice-President, Academic & Provost, the Faculty of Art and the Faculty of Arts & Science. Community supporters include the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto (CCNCTO). 

The AZN Artists Collective stands in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of Canada and commit to working within a decolonial approach to art and community making.  

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In Blueprint for a Collective Home 40+ Asian-identifying artists find power in community.
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The OCAD University’s Material Art and Design program is pleased to announce Debut, an exhibition showcasing a selection of art and design works by 16 locally-based graduating students from the program in 2021. The works are on display in the Craft Ontario’s feature windows now until July 10.

Participating students are: Anthia Barboutsis; Si Chen; Camila Garzon; Ellene Fu; Aichoucha Haidara; Melody Juthamongkol; Summer Lee; Yucan Liang; Leah Liu; Kaushika Nayyar; Moraa Stump; Ziyi Wang; Nathan Whitefield; Yuki Wong; John Xu; and Sia Zhang.

For information about each student’s work, please see https://www.craftontarioshop.com/blogs/news/debut-showcasing-works-by-material-art-design-2021-graduating-students-from-ocad-university.

Craft Ontario will announce its reopening information and how to book a visit on their website https://www.craftontario.com. When permitted, please visit the exhibition to congratulate the Material Art and Design 2021 graduating students on flourishing under the difficult circumstances and delivering absolutely stunning outcomes. Currently, the works can be viewed in the front vitrine from the street.

To see more works by the graduating students from the Material Art & Design program, including those outside Canada, please visit https://www.ocadumaadgrads.com and https://www.ocadu.ca/gradex2021/.

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1106 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H9
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The New Miasma, or what to do with all this bad air? is an online exhibition by students in CROS-2003 Materials and the Anthropocene. Visit the exhibition at https://ocadu.libguides.com/the_New_Miasma

"The works in this exhibition consider the climate crisis through the lens of our current global pandemic, attempting to grasp and grapple with all this bad air.  Learning how to breathe in this 21st century miasma requires focus, conviction, and an ability to discern truths behind the fog. The diversity of material and conceptual approaches presented here reflect the diversity of this course: many of us are currently practicing from different parts of the world and from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds. What we share is concern about our collective well-being and futures.

In our networked togetherness, we have tried to think dialectically between our hyper localized isolation, and the inconceivable globality of the pandemic. The Covid-19 crisis has reminded us of the porosity of our systems and our own bodies—a transmissibility that can only be visualized “in times like these.” How might this manifestation of our immanent interconnectedness (in spite of social isolation) help us to reconsider the collective crises we find ourselves in? When the ethereal mist of the miasma dissipates, what will remain, what will we hold on to, what will be forgotten?" 

- Emily Cadotte, Tutorial Lead and Curator

Artists:
Katrina Belen Alcantara, Uzo Alexander, Julia Both Marchizio, Gustav Bulzgis, Alexandra Calder Karagianis, Olivia Cerda, Lauren D'Ambrosio, Sean Davidson, Geann Gabrielle Gamboa, Violet Haase, Alex La Grotta, Jenn Lanoue, Francine Larsen, Katie Lin, Keigo Maekawa, Victor Hugo Marin, Emma Martin, Mya Nunnaro, Olivia Pare, Kennedy Parham, Aoife Ryan, Martin So, Sar Wagman, Emily Withers, River Woelfle, Erica Young

Tutorial Lead/Curator: Emily Cadotte
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Angie Ma
Web Designer: Marta Chudolinska

A special thank you to Dr. Pam Patterson for her guidance, dedication and vision which shaped Materials and The Anthropocene and our online exhibition. Thank you, intrepid students, for your work: for your adaptability, empathy, creativity, and willingness to engage with course materials through our online community.

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Image credits: Sar Wagman, CONNECTION, 2020, film still, 1:34 min. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

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The New Miasma, or what to do with all this bad air? is an online exhibition by students in CROS-2003 Materials and the Anthropocene. 

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Natalie Mark and co-curators Yasmin Emery and Samiya Karim deliver a new flavour of an exhibition in the Learning Zone Gallery - House of Oriental: Northern Style on through May 27. Emery describes House of Oriental: Northern Style, as an exhibition of works exploring pan-Asian Canadian foods: recipes developed from hybridity, alienation, assimilation, survival, and poverty. The works in this exhibition aim to explore not the most “authentic” or “real” ethnic foods, but to present the foods and experiences born out of the land’s rich (or poor) newcomer history. The exhibition includes works ranging from paintings to photography as well as a recipe book, compiling the foods behind the art. Featuring artwork by:

Abbey Chong

Natalie Chuck

Tina Chu

Kai Lumbang

Mel Low

Natalie Mark

Loretta Miauw

Noelle Mok

Pauline Nguyen

Becky Wu

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Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
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