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Eleana Antonaki, Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, Sofia Mesa

August 24 - September 17, 2018

Opening reception - Thursday August 23, 6-9pm
Artist talk with Sofia Mesa - Thursday Sept 6, 7pm

Eleana Antonaki, Uncanny Gardening II, 2017. Gold thread on silk, cotton fringe, metal rod. Courtesy of the artist.

ma ma is pleased to present their second exhibition Gardening, a group show that includes the work of Eleana Antonaki, Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, and Sofia Mesa.

Bringing together textile, sculpture, and moving image, Gardening considers practices of gardening and planting in relation to politically motivated migration. The three participating artists take varied conceptual and material approaches to exploring the physical and metaphorical role flora plays in immigration, displacement, and revolution.

Eleana Antonaki’s series Uncanny Gardening considers the role of gardening practices during the Turkish and Greek population exchanges, an interest stemming from her family’s practice of planting Persian Silk Trees during their relocations within Turkey and eventually to Greece. Sofia Mesa’s film Field Walkers looks at the landscape of Palomino, La Guajira, Colombia, and meditates on the relationship between the young women who walk there and the violent histories that preceded, and continue to affect, the peaceful vistas. Nomaduma Rosa Masilela’s project Strange Attractors, is a dialogue of divergent contemporary artists’ works and archival material that engages with ideas of cosmology, relationality and scale. There is particular emphasis on Rosa Luxemburg’s Herbarium, which was created while she was imprisoned at Breslau penitentiary using plants brought to her by her secretary, Mathilde Jacob.

Together, the artists’ works consider the temporal friction between movement and gardening, suggesting a counterpoint to the notion of rootlessness as a finite politicized concept. Each artist works to unknot histories of personal and collective trauma, and attempts to articulate new conceptual strategies for understanding such entanglements. The exhibition is accompanied by a booklet - A Complete Guide to Seeds, Gardening and Rootlessness, with contributions by contemporary artists and curators.

Eleana Antonaki was born in Greece in 1989. She works in a range of media including drawing, sculpture and painting. Through her work she investigates the ways that narration can be constructed through fragmented representational elements. Antonaki received an MFA from The New School, was a studio participant in the 2016-17 Whitney Independent Study Program, and in September will be a fellow of the Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace Program in Lebanon. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Nomaduma Rosa Masilela is an artist, writer, and art historian. She was on the curatorial team of the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art and is writing a dissertation on public and performance art of 1980s Dakar at Columbia University in New York. Her art interests converge around ideas of the uncanny, absurd, and dissonant; collective work and strategy; and the ambivalent nature of history and identity production.

Sofia Mesa is a multi-disciplinary artist from Colombia, based in Toronto. Her practice is derived from the need to centre marginalized women’s experiences, capture and preserve, and to have proof of life and evidence of existence. Recent projects include working collaboratively to create cyanotype photograms of vulnerable peoples in Toronto, and films that document the city’s housing crisis. Mesa has exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Allan Gardens Conservatory for Contact Photography Festival, Gallery 44, The Loon and more.

ma ma is a not-for-profit art space in Toronto organized by Magdalyn Asimakis and Heather Rigg. ma ma engages with artists working in video, photography, text, and sculpture, who explore issues around temporality, technology, embodiment, access, and institutional critique. ma ma will be hosting exhibitions, talks, screenings, and reading groups in their temporary space. The non-profit program is funded through crowdsourced donations. Please click here to donate.

Upcoming Artist Talk
Elizabeth M. Webb - Sunday August 19, 5pm
Join us for a talk by Houston, Texas-based artist Elizabeth M. Webb who will discuss her practice and solo exhibition For Paradise.

Upcoming Reading Group
Healthcare and Labour - Tues Sept 11, 7pm
email to RSVP and receive the readings.

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ma ma respectfully acknowledges that it is situated on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples.





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