Opening: "Of Movement And Dwelling"

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Trinity Square Video says
13 January–11 March 2017

Tings Chak, Felix Kalmenson, and the collective of Faraz Anoushahpour, Parastoo Anoushahpour and Ryan Ferko

curated by Farah Yusuf

Trinity Square Video is excited to present "of movement and dwelling," guest curated by Farah Yusuf. The exhibition proposes that a dwelling is more than a physical structure used for the bounding and occupying of space—its construction and habitation are invested with social and symbolic meaning. Just as we inhabit a place, it inhabits us. It is by considering the idea of home through the experience of displacement that we may gain insight into the political, economic, territorial, cultural and social forces that exert influence on our precarity or rootedness within any place.

These artists each present an architectural trace of mobility wherein they confront the idea of home as an affective framework and built structure existing within and through the governance of the state. Tings Chak’s site-specific installation responds to an earlier body of research about the Chinese indentured workers who built the Canadian Pacific Railway. Her 1:1 scale interpretation of a worker’s home examines the precarity of living conditions for the thousands who immigrated and died during the construction of the line. Faraz Anoushahpour, Parastoo Anoushahpour and Ryan Ferko consider the empirical gaze, technological progress and unnatural disaster that contributed to the forced relocation of entire communities near Cornwall, Ontario. As part of an ongoing series of artworks centered on the Saint Lawrence Seaway and Power Project, this iteration is based on the final images of the Lost Villages that were documented by the Research Council of Canada in 1958 when they burned eight buildings to ground in a controlled experiment. Felix Kalmenson negotiates his own migration from Leningrad, USSR and his return 27 years later to Saint Petersburg, Russia through a re-filming of his family’s departure video. Stripped of their citizenship with no guarantee of return, the original video documents the family’s last moments on native soil visiting main tourist sites, while Kalmenson’s recreation observes a city that transitioned to neoliberal capitalism in their absence. Together these works reveal that the idea of home is more than a neutral sum of its parts.

"of movement and dwelling" runs until 11 March 2017.

This project is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council’s Culturally Diverse Curatorial Projects grant.
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By: Trinity Square Video