HOME(LAND): Lighting Souls, installation view at Cloverdale Common. Photo: Ready2Post
About the Exhibition
HOME(LAND) is a multimedia exhibition project examining how concepts of land intersect and dialogue with the fluid, and shifting characteristics of identity, belonging, and home across and between races, regions, cultures and nations.
Throughout a series of three exhibitions, HOME(LAND) investigates the complex issues surrounding contemporary cultural discourses on global migration, site, and identity. Artists from diverse backgrounds whose practice and work are infused by unique interracial complexities, examine questions on concepts such as kinship, ancestry, memory, and racialization.
Bodies of Water: September 22 – December 31, 2021
Terra Firma: March 1 - May 29, 2022
Lighting Souls: June 15 – October 2, 2022
About the Exhibition
Current: June 15 - October 3, 2022
HOME(LAND): Lightning Souls, the third exhibition, explores the elements of air and fire and their connections to the land while delving into concepts of identity, home and belonging. From a physical, mental and spiritual level, these elements are capable of creating a vital energy to constantly fuel our bodies and souls and renew natural systems, making them healthier, more resilient, and a wonder to behold. Artists and works in this exhibition explore mental health issues, magical and mystical visions of these natural elements and the power of forgiveness from a perspective of resilience, transformation and reconciliation.
Past: March 1 - May 29, 2022
HOME(LAND): Terra Firma, the second of the series, explores the earth as a powerful natural element that connects us to the land, the territory that we inhabit and where we build the fabric of our home. The selected works tackle ideas of bio-politics, environmental governance, cultural borders, social displacement, and erasure from a perspective of individual resilience, community resistance and participation.
Rooted in observation and interaction with natural landscapes, the selected works examine notions of identity and kinship and their interconnected and inextricable systems existing with the element of the earth, the land, and all living things.
Past: September 22 - December 31, 2021
HOME(LAND): Bodies of Water examines water as the first element we came to know, as it gently cradled us and holds us. Water is one of the four primary elements from which all of life is created, along with fire, air and earth. Water is a predominant and vital element that connects us to the land and to one another.
The works selected for this exhibition explore the element of water and its different means in unique emotional, spiritual, cultural and socio-political ways intersecting with different cultural notions, and belief systems from a perspective of belonging, collective resilience and resistance.
HOME(LAND) programming considers the possibility of opening diaspora discourses from a perspective of reconciliation where artists from different backgrounds and Indigenous peoples can share their experiences and commonalities in relationship to the land, as it encompasses a deep sense of community, spirituality, and identity for both.
About the Curator
Claudia Arana is a Latinx Independent Curator and Cultural Connector who has installed her practice at the intersection of artistic platforms which promote diversity and inclusion of varied cultural perspectives. Drawing from a Mestizo background, Claudia’s curatorial work centers on in-between, and mixed cultures that develop along physical, political and social borders.
She studied Art Theory and Critical Thinking at the School of Visual Arts, and Advanced Critique at the International Centre of Photography, both in New York. Currently, she is the ArtworxTO Cultural West Hub Curator for the 2021-22 Toronto’s Year of Public Art.