HELLO TO HERE?
Andil Gosine was born in Trinidad and lived there until the age of fourteen when his family moved to Canada. He has also since lived in France, Britain, and the USA. He is an Associate Professor in Cultural and Artistic Practices at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. His research, writing, and arts practices consider imbrications of ecology, desire, and power. His art work has been performed and/or exhibited at the Museum of Latin American Art, the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Jamaica Performing Arts Centre, Supernova, and Queens Museum in the USA, Transmission and Golden Thread galleries in the UK, and O’Born Contemporary, Glenhyrst Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Canada. His exhibition All the flowers is currently on view at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, and his upcoming exhibition Coolie Coolie Viens opens at the McIntosh Gallery in London, Ontario in November.
1. Troye Sivan's My My My!
Unedited documentary footage of my Brighton life while at the University of Sussex – remarkably precise, down to every last swish.
2. Felix Gonzalez-Torres & Leor Grady
Finding out your favourite artist shares your birthday is the ultimate evidence of your innate, visceral bond. More evidence: each of Félix’s projects feels like it was made from me, and that we make work for the same audience (in interviews, he stated that the only audience he thought about was his lover Ross). Lately I’ve been re-reading essays about him and noticing that (and contemplating why) the keepers of his legacy gloss over his Caribbeanness.
Yemeni-Israeli artist Leor Grady’s practice is distinctly his, but infused with a similarly carefully observant eye and piercing tenderness. I can’t wait to add Leor’s soon-to-be-released monograph Natural Worker (excerpted image, right) to my bookshelf (left).
3. Tiffany Haddish
My soulmate/pretend-wife. After delivering the performance of the year in Girl’s Trip (left), she gifts us with the nearly seven hours of heaven that is the audiobook for The Last Black Unicorn (right).
4. Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay
Benny’s delicate flower arrangements are my only daily must-see posts on Facebook.
5. Haran Vijayanathan
In addition to being the Executive Director of the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP), Haran’s eloquent and courageous intervention about the recent Toronto murder investigations of gay men that have revealed police and community (including the Toronto queer community) indifference to the lives of Brown men (among others) punctuates his years of dedicated and sincere political activism.
Left: Haran in a tee I made and gifted to him, with the names of some of the disappeared men; right: All the Flowers of Canada (could not), from my current exhibition, in which newspaper reports of the joyful prison existence of convicted murderer Luka Magnotta wrap artificial flowers bought by mother after we landed in Oshawa.
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