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RADHA CHADDAH: AWAKENING

JANUARY 10 – MARCH 8, 2015
FRIDAY NIGHT ART LIVE OPENING: FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 7:00PM
IDEA EXCHANGE, PRESTON | 435 KING ST. EAST

Radha Chaddah is a mixed media artist and scientist whose photographs and light sculpture installations explore the beauty and complexity of the cellular world using the power of scientific discovery and methodology. Awakening presents the unseen for our consideration. The cells in these photographs have been grown from different kinds of stem cells and represent a progression in the accumulation of knowledge, which has led us to this moment, where scientists now understand how to reprogram adult cells to become embryonic-like stem cells. There are gaps in this understanding as it relates to our ability to cure disease and degeneration. These dark places are where human imagination lies, teeming with desire to control our biology for a myriad of ends. Crawling over the abyss is the cell, growing in a dish and liberated from the control of the body; a tiny unit of ourselves and all living things. Radha Chaddah is a Toronto based artist and scientist. Born in Owen Sound, she studied Art History and Film at Queen’s University (BAH), and Human Biology at the University of Toronto, where she received a Master of Science for her studies in neurobiology. She has received fine arts training at OCADU, the Toronto School of Art and the Haliburton School of Fine Arts. Special thanks to Dr. Derek van der Kooy, Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, University of Toronto.

Image: R. Chaddah, Awakening: Neurons and glia grown from iPS cells (detail), 2013. Image courtesy of artist.

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