Undercurrents curated by Courtney Miller and Valérie Frappier
September 10 @ 8:00 am - September 30 @ 5:00 pmFree
September 27, 3-4pm
Undercurrents is a trio of billboard installations and public presentations curated by Courtney Miller and Valérie Frappier that align with September’s lunar cycle. Drawing influence from nearby Niigaani-gichigami/Lake Ontario as lifebody, Tkaronto’s/Toronto’s lakefront is a confluence of rivers, a meeting place for Indigenous societies for over 11,000 years. While settler histories of this area are well documented, Indigenous and Black perspectives are often submerged.
Calling attention to themes of water, memory, and history, the project centres Black and Indigenous embodied knowledges and attempts to re-map current-day understandings of Toronto. Undercurrents works with local artists to bring their viewpoint and perspectives to the forefront. The programming will occur in coordination with the new moon, half moon, and full moon phases, which encourages the audience to consider the past, present, and future in cyclical time. By contemplating the ebb and flow of water with the moon as muse, Undercurrents uncovers a more expansive history of Tkaronto/Toronto.
*Undercurrents is part of The Bentway’s 2019 Community Incubation Program
About the curators
Toronto-based Courtney Miller and Valérie Frappier are two emerging curators as well as cultural workers and writers. Our collective interests include land-based art practices approached from an anti-colonial feminist perspective. As a curatorial duo of both a recent newcomer to Toronto and someone who grew up in its suburbs, we cultivated a shared interest in uncovering histories of the land on which we now live and work. Citing re-mapping strategies as a collaborative practice, our curatorial work aims to challenge colonial narratives while centering embodied knowledges and realigning with natural cycles.
Image: Jessica Karuhanga, being who you are there is no other (video still), 2017. 15 min. Courtesy the artist