Locating Self-Care in Urban Centres was part of the city of Toronto's ArtworxTO program and was in the Collision Gallery from September 2021 until the end of December 2021.
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.
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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.
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