Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mesma S. Belsare & Sylvat Aziz: In Conversation at the Leigha Lee Browne Theatre

Nov 3, 2011, 2-4 pm
University of Toronto Scarborough
Curator: Pam Patterson
Assistant Curator: Pailagi Pandya
FREE... all are welcome!

Mesma S. Belsare is described by the New York Times as ëa tour de force, a true act of transcendence and religious immersion’ and by The Dance Current Magazine as ‘a consummate dancer, as mesmerizing as staring into the heart of a fire’. She is a Boston based dancer, choreographer, actor, visual artist and educator and belongs to a generation of young dancers in the South Asian Diaspora who have created a unique niche for themselves in the realm of classical Indian arts, while expanding their repertory in the contemporary idiom. She is formally trained in Bharatanatyam (South Indian Classical dance) and Carnatic vocal by Sri Shankar Hombal and Padmashri Geeta Chandran. Mesma’s work is based on concepts of gender, gender-identity and sexuality and the classical tradition of Nayaki Bhava (the voice of the female protagonist) in traditional Bharatanatyam. Mesma will be skyped from Boston, Mass.
Sylvat Aziz holds Masters degrees in literature and in art. Her studies began in Lahore, Pakistan then on to Pratt Institute, New York, and Concordia University, Montreal. She has exhibited sculpture and painting at Venice; Istanbul; Bradford, England; New Delhi and Lahore, as well as many major public and university galleries in Canada. Her research is focused on problems of representation and the politics of space in early Islamic art and architecture and the influences, conflicts and compromises addressed therein. She currently teaches at Queen's University, Department of Art, Kingston, Ontario. Sylvat will be at the presentation in person.

Special thanks to Cultural Pluralism and the Arts & Jackman Humanities Institute for funding & to Charles C. Smith, Trisha Lamie, Scott Dutrisac, Kevin Wright, Leena Raudvee, Jay Smith and Julie Witt, AEP.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Gender Archaeology Opens Oct. 3rd.

Come and see work by students from Martingrove Collegiate Institute, TDSB!
Gender Archaeology
Opening Oct 3rd, 2011, 6-7.30pm
Exhibit Runs: Oct. 3-29th
2nd Floor Hallway at OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
Teacher: Christina Yarmol, WIAprojects Intern & Curatorial Assistant: Irena Radic
Christina Yarmol, Head of Visual Arts, Photography, Graphics, Film and Video at Martingrove Collegiate Institute met and paired with Irena Radic a recent fine arts graduate from York University through the WIAprojects teaching mentoring/internship program. Through this collaboration the project “Gender Archaeology” was born. The concept of this project was to get the students thinking about gender and how it relates to work both in and out of the domestic sphere while learning the practical skills of intaglio printmaking. The students were asked to think about how their own lived-experience and those of their families related to work both inside and outside of home. They were to represent the types of work performed using an image or images of tools used in that work. In three panels , they were to represent themselves, and their mothers and fathers or caregivers. The students were encouraged to examine notions of both traditional and non-traditional gender roles and types of work and how this might guide their own lives and those of their families. The resulting delicate images were created on a small scale and show an immense amount of finely detailed line. This intimate format draws the viewer into the compositional space and encourages him/her to ask questions about the tool selections depicted in each print. Delicate Chine collé additions adorn several of the works adding a colorful dimension to these intaglio prints.