Tau Lewis & Yaniya Lee In Conversation

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A conversation between Tau Lewis and Yaniya Lee in conjunction with Tau's exhibition ‘Cyphers, tissue, blizzards, exile’ at 8eleven Gallery, opening February 2.

*** With consideration of the themes of Lewis’ exhibition, 8eleven and the artist would like to prioritize p.o.c. accommodation for this event. Due to limited seating and standing capacity in the space, we’d like to ensure that spots are made accessible first to people of colour. Please be mindful of this when RSVPing and upon arrival. ***

To request a seat, e-mail 233.spadina@gmail.com using the subject line "Lewis & Lee". Because of spatial capacity, the audience will be limited to 15 people, but we’ll be recording the conversation and also live-streaming on Facebook and Instagram.

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TAU LEWIS is a Jamaican-Canadian artist currently living and working in Toronto, Ontario. A self-taught sculptor, Lewis combines natural and synthetic materials to create simulations of living things. She considers the history and symbolism of each material, exploring the political boundaries of nature, identity and authenticity. Her work is bodily and organic, with an explicit strangeness and subtle morbidity. Lewis' work has also carried strong feminist themes. Her current practice relies heavily on her surrounding environment; she uses live plants, found objects and repurposed materials collected throughout the Canadian landscape to create figurative sculptures investigating black identity politics and African diaspora. Lewis has exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Katzman Contemporary, Project Gallery Studios, and Sleep Center in New York City. She has received support for her artistic practice from Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council. This spring, Lewis will be exhibiting at the Spring Break Art Fair in New York City, Katharine Mulherin New York, Cooper Cole in Toronto, and the Art Gallery of York University in the fall.

YANIYA LEE’s writing has appeared in C Magazine, Magenta, Adult, Fader and Motherboard. In 2016 she collaborated with members of the 4:3 Collective to organize the MICE Symposium on Transformative Justice in the Arts. She is an Editorial Advisory member of C Magazine and a founding collective member of MICE Magazine.
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