Laurier Toronto to host two Nuit Blanche art exhibits about belonging in the city

by pmnationtalk on September 14, 2018288 Views

Sept. 14, 2018

Toronto – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Toronto office is hosting two thought-provoking art exhibits as part of the Nuit Blanche festival Sept. 29. From Toronto, with Love and The Three Chapters of Solitude each reflect the festival’s theme of belonging in Toronto and encourage viewers to see the city’s varied personal, collective and cultural histories from changing perspectives.

“The festival theme and the exhibits hosted by Laurier Toronto invite the community to examine, critique and continue important conversations around what it means to be here together,” said Carolyn Hawthorn, university relations manager for Laurier Toronto. “Laurier is honoured to partake in Nuit Blanche 2018.”

From Toronto, with Love is an installation of 24 vintage suitcases transformed by individual artists working in separate mediums including contemporary painting, industrial design, filmmaking, weaving, photography, architectural model-making, collage and sculpture.

Two of the suitcases feature artwork by members of the Laurier community. C. Elizabeth Best, an Indigenous graduate student at Laurier is the artist of My Fear of Going Missing. Laurier’s International Recruitment and Admissions staff collaborated on the design of the suitcase, Laurier Diversity.

The From Toronto, with Love exhibit is curated by Not Just Tourists Toronto(NJTT), an organization that collects unused supplies from Toronto’s hospitals and medical suppliers and sends them in suitcases with volunteers travelers to deliver to remote clinics in need. The pieces of luggage in the exhibit, which were donated to NJTT but deemed unsuitable for travel, have been transformed into art that reflects on the idea of journeys, destinations, and the privileges and limitations of health care in Canada and abroad. Laurier alumnus Avi D’Souza (BBA ‘07) leads NJTT.

Exhibit viewers may sign guest book suitcases, which NJTT will use for a project that builds connections through travel. The exhibit will be located in Laurier Toronto’s foyer on the main floor of the Exchange Tower at 130 King St. W.

The second exhibit, The Three Chapters of Solitude, features the videography of Chinese-born, Toronto-based artist and curator Henry Heng Lu. Through a series of short videos, Lu offers a rich mix of popular and private sound and imagery that explores his personal interpretations of distance and intimacy as a culturally displaced person.

The Three Chapters of Solitude includes The Sky on Our Way Home (2015), Have a Safe Trip (2017) and Anytime You Need a Friend! (2017-18). The videos will be screened on a continuous loop in Laurier Toronto’s main boardroom.

Nuit Blanche is an all-night art festival that takes place across Toronto from the evening of Sept. 29 to early morning on Sept. 30. The installations at Laurier’s Toronto office will be open from 7 p.m. Sept. 29 to 7 a.m. Sept 30. More than 300 local, national and international artists are participating in the festival.

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