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HEAR US: Reconstructions of Home
November 5, 2021 - February 21, 2022
STORYTELLING EVENT: November 5 from 4:00-5:00pm
COMMEMORATIVE WALK: November 5 from 6:00-8:00pm
The Bentway and SKETCH Working Arts present HEAR US the first installation from a multimedia series called Reconstructions of Home that has been created by local artists and community organizations to celebrate the thousands of people who lived through–and were lost to–homelessness.
With HEAR US, artist Ryan Weaver creates a soundscape of stories and recollections from homeless community members as the backbone to understanding the hidden histories of Toronto’s homeless culture. Collected stories will later to be mixed and synthesized into a cohesive soundscape and audio tour for several sites under the Gardiner.
The project intends to archive and amplify voices of those experiencing homelessness and contribute to changes and development in our city. The story and image collection in this installation will inform the further development of the public realm under the Gardiner Expressway.
Reconstructions of Home will also offer recordings and videos on the official website. Audio walking tours will be available in 2022.
Reconstructions of Home is a part of Making With Place: a series of four Public Art Projects hosted by SKETCH.
SKETCH engages young people living on the margins to experience and lead in the transformative power of the arts. Since 1996, over 19,000 young people have engaged in the arts at SKETCH. Follow SKETCH at @SKETCHToronto or visit www.sketch.ca.
Reconstructions of Home is presented
ArtworxTO, Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022 is year-long celebration of Toronto’s exceptional public art collection and the creative community behind it. Working closely with artists and Toronto’s arts institutions, ArtworxTO will deliver major public art projects and commissions, citywide, from fall 2021 to fall 2022. Supporting local artists and new artworks that reflect Toronto’s diversity, ArtworxTO is creating more opportunities for citizens to engage with art in their everyday lives. The City of Toronto invites the public to discover creativity and community–everywhere. Visit artworxTO.ca for more details.