Self-care is often presented as unnecessary indulgences feeding into the more self-concerned parts of ourselves, seeing self-care as limited only to directly interacting with our desires and not extending into the world outside, or inside, of oneself.
Locating Self Care in Urban Centres continues the conversation started by Black and Indigenous curators and writers on care as methods of resistance and sovereignty. Artists Laura Grier and Susan Blight consider self-care as manifested through body, land, and community, extending into the gallery itself as a place of respite within the downtown core, a space often unwelcoming of Indigenous presence.
In a city that so often removes Indigenous presence, through displacement and urbanization, this exhibition will be charged with locating Indigenous self-care as a means of asserting stewardship and reciprocity for Toronto’s Indigenous population.
This hub is open for public viewing at The Collision Gallery located in the South Tower at Commerce Court. To arrange a tour of the exhibit, please email [email protected]
Tuesday - Friday: 10:30am - 7:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Visit https://www.artworxto.ca/hub/pop-up-collision-gallery to learn more about the ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub at the Collision Gallery.
Please be advised, the exhibtion will be closed Saturday, December 25th (Christmas Day), Sunday, December 26th (Boxing Day), Saturday, January 1st (New Year's Day) and Sunday, January 2nd.
Photos below were taken by Garcia Creative. Find them on Instagram @garciacreative.ca.
Emma Steen is a freelance curator, writer, and Community Relations Manager for the Indigenous Curatorial Collective. Born and raised in Toronto, her area of interest lies in art that explores bodies, sex and love with anti-colonial intention. Her background also includes extensive work in community arts organizing and supporting methods of institutional accountability.
Emma has worked extensively as a writer and editor, contributing her writing to Canadian arts & culture magazines and art galleries. A graduate from OCAD’s CADN Master's program, she was awarded the Master's Thesis/MRP Writing Award in 2020 for her paper, “Why the 90s Were so Sexy: locating sexuality, pleasure and desire in work produced by Indigenous women identified artists during the 1990s and early 2000s in Canada.”
Meet Emma Steen, the Curator behind Locating Self Care in Urban Centres at ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: The Collision Gallery.
Locating Self Care in Urban Centres continues the conversation started by Black and Indigenous curators and writers on care as methods of resistance and sovereignty. This exhibit explores the unbreakable tie between body, land, and our larger relations as care.
Please click the button below to watch the full Curator Video and learn more about ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Collision Gallery.
Films for Care: An Afternoon of Indigenous Films: Saturday, December 18th, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Join us at ArtworxTO's Pop Up Hub at Collision Gallery for an afternoon of Indigenous films. Exhibition curator Emma Steen will introduce a mix of short and feature length films directed by Indigenous filmmakers.
Shorts Programme - filmmakers in attendance
Proof of double vaccination will be required to enter the gallery, and masks must be worn at all times. Complimentary tea and popcorn will be provided. Registration via eventbrite.