LIFE ARCHIVED IN ART
Exhibit on city’s old immigrant slum ‘the Ward’ among works featured in ‘Myseum’ pop-up displays,
Intersections festival sees 25 exhibits, from photography shows to walking tours, appear all over town. By Sarah-Joyce Battersby
Toronto is the main attraction at this month’s Intersections festival. An experiment in showcasing a city, the Myseum of Toronto doesn’t have a physical location, so 25 “popup” exhibits are mounted around town, from walking tours to photography shows.
What will Toronto’s black culture look like 100 years in the future? That’s the question artist and curator Danilo McCallum poses in his exhibit, Black Toronto 2116, running at the Daniels Spectrum from March 11 to April 10. Quentin VerCetty, featured in the show, answered with this print called “Tashonda Transcendence.”
Photographer SoTeeOh (also known as Adeyemi Adegbesan) will be featured in the Black Toronto 2116 exhibit with this image, Woke in the Abyss, as well as Black Canvas 101, an Instagram database built by Danilo McCallum. The curator hopes to use the popular app to spread the word about black artists’ contributions to Toronto’s culture.
Using rubble collected from the beaches of the Leslie Street Spit, Ben Watt-Meyer reunited the pieces, on display in the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, with longlost neighbours to tell a story of Toronto’s past. The show ran March 3-13.
For the She Moves Group’s show, photographer Nancy Kim (NSBK) captured images of recent immigrant women at work to tell the often overlooked story of women who move for jobs — not following family, looking for love or fleeing war. The photos will be displayed in the City Hall Rotunda from March 14-20.
An exhibition at Campbell House Museum will explore the truth behind the stories told about the Ward, Toronto’s first immigrant slum in the early 20th century. The exhibition includes a panel discussion March 23 featuring the Star’s Desmond Cole and Nicholas Keung among others.
Laura Storey performed with band Jesse and the Field Wizards to kick off Sounds of Toronto: Lunchtime Concert Series. The Musideum at 401 Richmond St. W. will host shows, including SoJay and Célia Larocque, until March 28.