September 21 - November 27 2010
Exhibition and sale of artist-designed t-shirts at three retail locations in Toronto. Organized by the Koffler Gallery as an off-site project, curated by Mona Filip. Participating artists: Millie Chen, Emilie Chhangur, Hannah Claus, Stefan Hoffmann and Dan Perjovschi.
|Photo credit: © Isaac Applebaum|
|wounded (2010), Hannah Claus Photo credit: © Isaac Applebaum|
The imagery, based on a crocheted doily, is intended as a colonial wound, referencing the colonial ethos of ‘Manifest destiny’ and the Victorian strategy for ‘civilizing the savages’ in which the level of one’s productivity places one higher on the scale of evolution. Visceral yet fragile, the imprint morphs into cellular connectivity and activity, suggestive of a strength that is gained through the contact between native and non-native cultures. I am interested in the thin membrane that covers and separates individual worlds and experiences; that connects and reveals. This creates a tension that highlights fragile and tenuous qualities inherent to these relationships.
The t-shirts are sold with a tag explaining the project along with the artist's bio and intent. Although the exhibition is over, the remaining shirts will be available for purchase on the Koffler Centre for the Arts' website.
Photo credit: © Ziv Kenet Photo