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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.
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Protectives (1X4 works)
A Space Gallery, Toronto / Canada
Curator: Vicky Moufawad-Paul
Protectives is an exhibition that ruminates on old and new tools for protection. A matrix of events within the last decade—including unspeakable violence, climate change, near economic collapse, increased migrants and refugees—have given rise to an “age of anxiety.” In this context of global fear, in which governments are trading in citizen’s freedoms and rights for so-called security, how do individuals calculate risk and strive for protection?
The four works:
“Most Prized Of All Closets”, drywall, wood, jars, hooks, edibles and various other materials”, 2016
“It Is nicolás’s Most Cherished Dream To Taste The Light”, various size mirrors, plants, glass, mdf, 24X24 12X12 6X6, 2016
“Not Even The World’s Most Powerful Men Could Police The Lips Of their Subjects“, digital print on fabric, 2016
“hookituponbrass”, brass hooks, 2016
Credits and Thank You's:
Special THANKS to ASPACE Gallery: Vicky Moufawad-Paul, Rebecca McGowan, Mariuxi Zambrano, Ibrahim Abusitta, Mary Tremonte.