PROJECTS, COLLABORATIONS AND SERVICES

This website SITE is intended to offer an ever evolving insight into my practice: both as an artist and a worker. I am using the categories of Projects, Services and Collaborations to provide multiple entry points into my work. Ideally visitors will be able to make links between each of these sections, as an important aspect of my artistic production is recognizing the ways in which all of my labour (artistic and otherwise) overlap in ideas and ideals.

Projects:
I am not restricted by medium, instead my works take on the forms required to best represent the ideas and concepts considered by each project. In many of my works I bring everyday items into the rarefied space of the gallery, and it might not always be clear what constitutes the work. My practice produces a minimal amount of waste.

Services:
I take on many different roles and positions in order to make it possible for me to make my work and my life sustainable. Gig work, such as cooking and preparing crew lunches, providing education workships, djing parties, working as a house painter or as a barista in a coffee shop, allows me time and flexibility to make work as an artist.

Collaborations:
As I am not tied to any specific medium I often work with others to produce aspects of my work. This assistance is integral in helping me to realize my vision into material. With such a focus on labour in my work, it is important that these workers are paid fair labour costs when helping to produce work.

 

Upcoming (2018/2019)

I believe in living, Untitled Art Society, Calgary, Canada

Eating and Drinking in the Library, Artist in the Libraries Program, Toronto, Canada

TBC, (Residency and Exhibition) ArtYard Contemporary Art Centre, Frenchtown, NJ / USA

Laboratoire itinérant d’Art action, Vaste ET Vague Artist Run Centre  – Quebec Canada

The Recovery Of The People Is Tied To Recovery Of Food, A Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada

 

2017

Everyday Objects, Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada

The Art Of Propagation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada

Creative Time Summit, AAFG, The Power Plant/AGO, Toronto, Canada

There is Bread and Salt Between Us, OCAD University Gallery, Toronto, Canada

ALMANAC/ with MAGGIE GROAT: SUNS ALSO SEASONS, Kitchener /Waterloo, K.W Art Gallery

CONSUMED: Preparing New Eating Rituals, OCAD Graduate Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Laboratoire itinérant d’Art action, Vaste ET Vague Artist Run Centre  – Quebec Canada

The Recovery Of The People Is Tied To Recovery Of Food, A Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Unsettling, (Residency and Exhibition) Doris McCarthy Gallery (UTSC), Scarborough, ON

Photorama 2017, TPW Gallery, Toronto, Canada

 

2016

On The Table, The Dunlop Art Gallery – Regina, Saskatchewan

Protectives, A Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Let Me Tell You About My Day, Will You Tell Me About Yours? AGO Toronto, Canada

TBDTBD, YTB Gallery, Toronto, Canada

DOORED 24, Life of a Craphead, DDL, Toronto Canada

Canadian Belongings, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada

Performing Pedagogies, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

Place Settings, Doris McCarthy Gallery (UTSC), Scarborough, ON

Edition; Toronto Art Book Fair, Toronto, Canada

Photorama 2016, TPW Gallery, Toronto, Canada

 

2015

Looking closer (publication and  facilitated performance), Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE

The Post Card Project II, The City of Ottawa/ Ontario Scene (National Arts Centre- City of Ottawa Community Arts & Social engagement, Ottawa, Ontario

Welcome Suad and Shafi, Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, Toronto, Ontario

The Very Long Lunch, Sunday Drive Art Projects – Warkworth, Ontario

Small Soft and Round, TPFF/AGO, Toronto, Ontario

Free $ervices for Visual Artists, Whipper Snapper Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

DOORED 22, Life of a Craphead, DDL, Toronto Canada/ Rotterdam Netherlands

 

2014

The Death of Performance Art, 7A11D International Performance Art Festival – Toronto

You Are What You Eat, You Are, Owens Art Gallery/Mount A. University – Sackville New Brunswick

The Post Card Project II, The City of Ottawa, Community Arts and Social Engagement, and the City of Ottawa Archives

Trying Something New, ARTSCAPE Youngplace – Toronto

You Do What You Love Because You Do One, Two and More Than Two, SAVAC– Toronto

It is Not Guided, Nor is it a Tour, Art Gallery Of Ontario (First Thursday) – Toronto

A Problem So Big It Needs Other People, SBC Gallery Of Contemporary Art – Montreal

The Mobile Kitchen Lab/Lecture TALK TALK TALK, Concordia University Fine Arts Department – Montreal

 

2013

TMKL Condensus, PERFOLINK International Performance Art Festival  – Santiago, Chile

Give Me 5 minutes, I Will Give You Experience, LONG WINTER, Toronto

TMKL: Extended, VIVA ART ACTION!/Centre Clark – Montreal

The Artist Grid, ART METROPOLE – Toronto

Leisure Lounge, Whippersnapper Gallery – Toronto

The Post Card Project I, Ottawa Art Ottawa Art Gallery /Creative Cities Conference Ottawa

Soft Served Dinner, FEAST IN THE EAST – Toronto

Sight Specific/TMKL, FADO/ XPACE Cultural Centre – Toronto

 

2012

28, Gallery West – Toronto, ON

Pertinent Gestures, 401 Richmond: Nuit Blanche – Toronto, ON

Mortal Coils, VIDEOFAG – Toronto, ON

Mortal Coils, Shudder Gallery – Vancouver, BC

The Performance Dinner Party, Don Blanche Residency Project, Shelburne-Ontario

Virtual Season, Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto, ON

Non-Canadians/Canadians, Transmuted International Performance Art Festival, Mexico City, Mexico

TO | DF, The White House Studio Project – Toronto, ON

 

2011

Hairy Cards, Trampoline Hall – Toronto, ON

Sheroes, NACO  – Toronto, ON

The Free Shop, Nuit Blanche – Toronto, ON

Collage/Collage, Toronto Palestine Film Festival – Toronto, ON

Plinth Action, Art Spin – Toronto, ON

Plinth Action#1,2,3,4, The White House Studio Project, Kensington Market – Toronto, ON Opening/Closing, Performancear o morir”  – Chihuahua, Mexico

 

Residencies

Art Gallery of Ontario/ Song Dong Communal Courtyard Residency Program, Toronto Canada 2016  

YTB Peers Residency Program, Toronto Canada, 2016

Artscape Gibraltar Point Residency, Toronto Canada 2015

MOKS Air 2014 Residency, Mooste Estonia 2014

S.B. Residency, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada 2013

Artscape Gibraltar Point Residency, Toronto Canada 2013

Don Blanche residency, Shelburne, Ontario Canada August 2013

Don Blanche residency, Shelburne, Ontario Canada September 2012

Performancear O Morir residency/encounter in Chihuahua, Mexico 2011.

Start House/Art Dubai, Amman Jordan 2010

PAF (Performing Arts Forum – summer forum), St.Erme – Reims France 2010

 

Awards and Grants 

Toronto Arts Council, Artist in the Libraries, 2017/2018

Canada Council for the Arts, Emerging Artist Grant, 2016

Ontario Arts Council, Access and Development Grant, 2016

Ontario Arts Council Emerging artist Grant 2015

Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant 2013 /2014 /2015/2016

Toronto Art Council Emerging Artist Project Grant 2013

Residency, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada 2013 (Award)

Artist Health Alliance: Insurance/Award 2013 /2015

 

Formal Education

Bachelor of Arts, Communications & Visual Arts

2001-2005 University of Ottawa – Multimedia – Performance & Interactive Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Contemporary Performance and Visual Arts                       

1998-2001 American University in Cairo; Transferred to University of Ottawa

 

Publications/Interviews/reviews

Narratives Unfolding: National Art Histories in an Unfinished World, essay on A Problem So Big It Needs Other People at SBC exhibition by Erin Silva edited collection (edited by Martha Langford) published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016

Book on Swiss Books (Corinn Gerber) published in conjunction with the Tokyo Art Book Fair 2015

http://tokyoartbookfair.com/en/exhibitions/2712/

This Could Be The Place (Critical essay), by: Indu Vashist – Kapsula, Dec 2014

Intimate Kitchens (review/Interview), by: Sharlene Bamboat – NOMOREPOTLUCKS, October 2014

http://nomorepotlucks.org/site/intimate-kitchens-sharlene-bamboat-interviews-basil-alzeri/

A Problem So Big It Needs Other People (review), by Kari Cwynar – C MAGAZINE, July2014

Eat, Labor, Love  (review/Interview) by: Rea McNamara – Blouin Artinfo, November 2013:

http://ca.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/990965/eat-labor-love-basil-alzeris-mobile-kitchen-lab

The Archivist in The Kitchen ( Feature), by Gina Badger – Fuse Magazine, March 2013 http://fusemagazine.org/2013/04/36-2_alzeri

Performance Plus (review), by David Jager Now Magazine 2013

http://www.nowtoronto.com/art/story.cfm?content=191566

Emergency Index 2011 – publication:

http://www.emergencyindex.com/project.html

The Free Shop (review), by Fran Schechter – Now Magazine 2011

http://www.nowtoronto.com/guides/nuitblanche/2011/story.cfm?content=182898

 

Teaching /Artist Talks and workshops

2013/2014/2015/2016

Queen’s University, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Panel Discussion / Performing Pedagogies – March 2016

SAVAC, Artist Talk – Feb 2016

University of Waterloo, This Could be the Place – June 2014

York University, Decolonizing Anti-Racism Conference – May 2014

Concordia University, Workshop: Breakfast, Lunch and a Doggy Bag with David Szantso – January, 2014

Concordia University, TALK TALK TALK Lecture series, Concordia University Fine Arts Department. January, 2014

OCAD University, Site and Intervention: Critical Practices, Toronto Canada – 2013

XPACE Cultural Centre sight.specific – FADO Emerging Performance Artist Series panel discussion, Toronto Canada -2013

Pecha Kucha Night, Ottawa St. Brigids Centre for the Arts, Ottawa Canada -2013

The Ottawa Art Gallery / La Galerie d’art d’Ottawa, Ottawa Canada -2013

Chopo University Museum/Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City Mexico -2011

 

 

 

 

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