a soft landing

Alyssa Alikpala, Erika De Freitas, Rihab Essayh, Eve Tagny and Alize Zorlutuna


Curated by Jaclyn Quaresma

June 29 - August 6, 2022

Closing reception: Thursday, July 28th, 6-8pm, curator walk-through at 6:30pm 

This exhibition considers the reparative and restorative potential of slowness through ideas of tenderness and transgression. Though soft in aesthetic and theme, showcases artworks by critically lauded, so-called Canadian artists who consider the effects of global events–such as the pandemic–on mental health and personhood. The exhibition will house multi-disciplinary work ranging from installation and sculpture to, video. With compassion at its core, a soft landing celebrates the slow process of coming together while adjusting one’s comfort levels to the current phase of the pandemic.

Further details coming soon.




Alyssa Alikpala is a Filipinx interdisciplinary artist, designer, and researcher.  Born in Vancouver and currently living in Toronto, Alyssa works across sound, sculpture, installation, and ephemeral forms exploring the sensorial body and its relation to material and environment, focusing on the physical process both as a way of generating insight and as a meditative practice. Her current body of work includes impromptu interventions, inviting slowness and sensitivity. The works have become a vessel for healing and acceptance. 


Erika De Freitas’ multidisciplinary practice includes performance, photography, video, installation, textiles, drawing and writing. Placing emphasis on gesture, process, the body, documentation and paranormal phenomena, DeFreitas mines concepts of loss, post-memory, legacy and objecthood. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including: Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery; Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts, Winnipeg; Gallery TPW, Toronto; Project Row Houses and the Museum of African American Culture, Houston; Fort Worth Contemporary Arts; and Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita. She is a recipient of the 2016 Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Finalist Artist Prize, the 2016 John Hartman Award, and was longlisted for the 2017 Sobey Art Award. DeFreitas holds a Master of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto.​


Rihab Essayh (she/her) is a Canadian-Moroccan interdisciplinary artist whose large-scale, immersive installations create spaces of slowing down and softening. Her research considers issues of isolation and disconnection in the digital age, imagining futurities of soft-strength and social reconnection by proposing a heightened attunement to colour, costume, tactility and sound. She obtained her BFA at Concordia University in Montreal in 2017 and is currently an MFA Candidate at the University of Guelph and is expected to graduate in Fall 2022. Essayh has exhibited work at Conseil des Art de Montréal, La central Powerhouse, Fofa Gallery, Never Apart, Art Souterrain festival, Montréal, The plumb, Artscape Gilbraltar point in Toronto. Her thesis show, I dream of a soft oasis, is presented at the Art Gallery of Guelph. Essayh has an upcoming solo show in fall 2022 at Union Gallery, Kingston.


Eve Tagny is a Tiohtià:ke/Montreal-based artist. Her practice considers gardens and disrupted landscapes as mutable sites of personal and collective memory — inscribed in dynamics of power, colonial histories and their legacies. Weaving lens-based mediums, installation, text and performance, she explores spiritual and embodied expressions of grief and resiliency, in correlation with nature’s rhythms, cycles and materiality. Tagny has a BFA in Film Production from Concordia University and a Certificate in Journalism from University of Montreal. Recent exhibitions include Musée de Joliette, Momenta Biennale, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and Centre Clark, Montreal; Cooper Cole, Gallery 44, and Franz Kaka, Toronto. She is the recipient of the Mfon grant (2018), the Plein Sud Bursary (2020) and has been shortlisted for the CAP Prize (2018), the Burtynsky Photobook Grant (2018) and the OAAG Award (2020).


Alize Zorlutuna is a queer interdisciplinary artist, writer and educator whose work explores relationships to land, culture and the more-than-human, while thinking through settler-colonialism, history, and solidarity. Having moved between Tkarón:to and Anatolia (present-day Turkey) both physically and culturally throughout their life has informed Alize’s practice—making them attentive to spaces of encounter. Alize enlists poetics and a sensitivity to materials in works that span video, installation, printed matter, performance and sculpture. The body and its sensorial capacities are central to their work. Alize has presented their work in galleries and artist-run centres across Turtle Island, including: Plug In ICA, InterAccess, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Mercer union Centre For Contemporary Art, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Art Gallery of Burlington, XPACE, Audain Art Museum, Access Gallery, as well as internationally at The New School: Parsons (NY), Mind Art core (Chicago) and Club Cultural Matienzo (Argentina). Alize has been a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University since 2015.


Jaclyn Quaresma is a curator whose work considers the tension between the survival of the environment as we know it and our survival in the mediated environments we create for ourselves, both culturally and ecologically. Central to her curatorial praxis is an interest in non-dominant, anti-oppressive, multigenerational structures of gathering, learning, and sharing.




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Eve Tagny, still from Labouring bodies (eulogy for the soil), 26:31 mins, 2021. Courtesy of the artist