Walking And Talking
Walking and Talking is an educational workbook created by Basil AlZeri. Basil is a visual artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. His practice involves the intersection of art, education, and food, taking multiple forms, such as performance, interventions, gallery and public installation.
Walking is one of the foundations of School Hop. We walk together to and from galleries, studios and artist-run spaces. We navigate through these spaces, absorbing our surroundings. The act of walking is not only a mode of transportation, but an artistic practice that has seen a resurgence in contemporary art. Walking-based art suggests new or reimagined paths through political resistance, the exploration of racism, colonialism and ableism. Walking art facilitates the exploration of time, geography and distance. Walking allows artists and those engaging with their work a way to explore, connecting conversation and movement.
School Hop is a youth initiative that provides education and outreach to Toronto’s secondary-school students in the face of reduced art eduction funding. Led by artist facilitators, School Hop brings students on tours of galleries, artist studios and artist-run spaces. Students are offered a unique opportunity to participate in Toronto’s cultural landscape in this free, half-day program. By providing provocative encounters with art, School Hop improves visual literacy and critical thinking skills for 875 public high school students annually. Walking and Talking is a new component to the program, aimed at enhancing School Hop’s impact on participating students and their teachers.
Credits and Thank You's:
Concept and Artwork: Basil AlZeri
Design and Production: Emma Gaudio
Thanks to: Nick Brown and The Canadian Art Foundation and School Hop Program.