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I Don’t Know How To Love The Sun And Moon On My Own / Needle To Sea Bottom / Orasyon (Vespers), Everything In Place, 2017

Reel Asian presents
Everything In Place

Closing Reception: Saturday November 18th, 5-7pm (artists in-attendance)

The exhibitions runs from October 28th to November 18th at various times:

  • October 28th – November 8th, 11:30am-6:30pm, Monday to Saturday
  • November 9th, 11:30am-5pm
  • November 10th, 11:30am-6:30pm
  • November 11th, 11:30am-3pm
  • November 12th, 11:30am-6:30pm
  • November 14th, 11:30am-3pm
  • November 17th, 11:30am-6:30pm
  • November 18th, 11:30am-7pm (including Closing Reception)

401 Richmond Street West, Suite 440 (Bachir / Yerex Presentation Space)

For more information about this exhibition visit
http://www.reelasian.com/festival-events/everything-in-place/

In this multichannel video installation by artists Patrick Cruz, Serena Lee and Casey Mecija, place is both inheritance and memory; it is at once shifting ground, and colonial remnant. Marked by distinct geographies of Toronto’s Asian communities, these works address a politics of location through diasporic tensions of tradition, racialization, and translation. The viewer, implicated in this immersion, can engage with the videos through their phones, and access translated subtitles in multiple Asian languages.

This exhibition is made possible by partnership between the Public Visualization Lab and the Modest Eyes collective, with support from the Government of Ontario.

ORASYON (VESPERS)
Orasyon (Vespers) is a diaristic video essay that attempts to reimagine memories from the process of migration. Through this recovery of knowledge, viewers are displaced to a disorienting space of remembrance.

Patrick Cruz is a Filipino-Canadian multidisciplinary artist. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and pursued his Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Guelph.

NEEDLE TO SEA BOTTOM
Drawing from Hito Steyerl’s concept of “free fall” and the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi Chuan, Lee explores the idea of balance—not as a state but as movement–through inherited narratives of materialism, immigration, and animism in Toronto's gentrifying Leslieville and Broadview Chinatown.

Serena Lee is a third-generation Chinese-Canadian artist, who holds an MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. Her work layers cinema, performance, voice, image and text to map a political grammar of harmony.

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO LOVE THE SUN AND MOON ON MY OWN
Mecija performs karaoke to three songs from musicals that were mired in controversy for their casting of Asian leads, evoking questions of representation, authenticity, queerness in the diaspora and colonial histories of South East Asia.

Casey Mecija is a multidisciplinary artist working with music, film and performance. Psychic Materials (2016), Mecija’s first solo album, addresses themes of queerness, diaspora, history, and love.


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Everything In Place is part of the 21st annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, which runs from November 9-18, 2017.

Contact: programming@reelasian.com