Public Art Projects

 

 

Photo by Julian Diego

My Public Living Room explores pods as Radically Loving Alternatives to shame, disposability, punishment, and lack of care.

Drawing inspiration from the self-organized care pods activated in the 80’s to cope with the AIDS epidemic, this iterative installation is an ArtworxTO Pop-up Hub, that engages racialized men as organizers of intimate and supportive spaces. The living room is redesigned in pods of care and vulnerability – in which no one is disposable – to cope and respond to the many pandemics we face today.

Hosted by Good Guise, a community engagement process will exhibit two public installations in Eglinton west and Trinity in the Square, and will connect audiences with online stories, animations, tools and workshops.

Photo by Jahmal Nugent

OCTOBER LAUNCH IN EGLINTON GILBERT PARKETTE

NOVEMBER LAUNCH IN TRINITY IN THE SQUARE

As part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022

Installation Story

Photo by Jahmal Nugent

Pillars of Transformation

Care.

Creativity.

Sustainability.

Accountability

Confronted by multiple, simultaneous pandemics of COVID, Anti-Black Racism, and Gender Based Violence, Good Guise artists looked through their personal and community histories for inspiration and solace.

Pods have played a key role in transformative justice processes as a way to walk alongside people who have caused or received harm. The Good Guise proposed an exploration into how these pods can be formed, and sustained, with a focus on racialized men.

Since February there have been care pods formed including approximately 14-16 participating racialized men who have been exploring the ways that creative and interdependent intentional spaces can create access to greater health, wellbeing, connection, and reduce harm. The principles and processes of creating pods of care will be animated through the physical sculpture appearing in two locations drawing folks to tools and artistic expression online.

Check back for the Good Guise Care Pod Toolkit and Workshops coming soon.

Photo by Jahmal Nugent

Photo by Jahmal Nugent

Project in Process

The Good Guise check out Trinity in the Square envisioning November Installation

Artist Team

Creative Lead: Julian Diego

 

Curatorial Artist Team

The Good Guise

Balu Kanagalingam

Javier Davila

Moboluwajidide Joseph

Jah Grey

Partners