we are what we care for
“We must move from institutional critique to institutional transformation.”
- iLiana Fokianaki
In this symposium, we ask how can the arts– not as a sector but as a community– imagine transformation as a practice of consistent care. How can this call for change be instigated holistically through the microcosms of our relationships? How do we refuse the colonial production of precarity, so we may tend to our labour less like machines, and more like gardens? How do we choose between the transformation or abandonment of the institution? we are what we care for brings together artists, curators and arts workers to explore modalities of care and their potential to transform how we might work together.
Over the course of a week, Gallery TPW will become a place of dialogue, collegiality, and rest as we collectively dream how institutional transformations might be sparked in the ways we care for one another.
Tuesday, July 4, 1pm - 9pm
Wednesday, July 5, 1pm - 9pm
Thursday, July 6, 1pm - 6pm
Friday, July 7, 1pm - 9pm
Saturday, July 8, 2pm - 4pm
Closing Party on Saturday July 8 from 8pm - late
170 St Helens Ave
All programs are free to attend but require registration.
Registration links can be found on each program page.
Gallery TPW has ramp access, an accessible ground-floor washroom, and clear, unobstructed pathways within the gallery. Please note that there are no automatic doors at the entrance or washroom and no designated accessible parking nearby.
ASL Interpretation will be available for On Access by Tangled and On Resistance by Zainub Verjee.
On Access is a hybrid event with a live stream attendance option. On Care by iLiana Fokianaki is an online event, accessible via live stream.
With space design by Rihab Essayh, we are what we care for presents a soft architecture based on the colours of a sunset seen from the artist's window. Through layers of chiffon, the gallery becomes a container for the sublimity of diminishing daylight and its softness. In the small gallery, Rihab has created an immersive installation where visitors are invited to rest, nap, and take breaks when needed.
we are what we care for was conceived by Annie Wong and was inspired by many conversations among staff, then Curatorial Resident, Heather Rigg, and Executive Director, Noa Bronstein, at a time when Gallery TPW was undergoing a shift in vision and management. We are grateful for the creativity and support from Nedda Baba.
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