lived in room: objects frozen in time

Camila Salcedo & denirée isabel (Comadres).

“lived in room: objects frozen in time” gallery view. Photo by Steve Farmer

Exhibition Statement

lived in room: objects frozen in time alludes to the experience of immigration, which severs people’s lives into a before and an after, insinuating that, like memories, objects become “frozen in time”. This project enables the collaborative duo Comadres, denirée isabel, and Camila Salcedo, to question and challenge systems of oppression such as borders and identity, alongside members of other diasporic communities by acknowledging the complicated and problematic relationship between migration and assimilation.

The title alludes to the experience of immigration, which severs people’s lives into a before and an after, insinuating that, like memories, objects become “frozen in time”. This project enables the artists to question and challenge systems of oppression such as borders and identity, alongside members of other diasporic communities by acknowledging the complicated and problematic relationship between migration and assimilation. In the making of this exhibition we recorded conversations with 10 immigrants and newcomers and made work in response to each conversation. Artists interpreted the stories into objects made by using felt, papier maché, and air dry clay.

 

 

Artists bio

Camila Salcedo & denirée isabel (Comadres) are interdisciplinary artists and collaborators based in Toronto with mutual interests in textiles, community practice and dismantling systems of oppression. We both hold BFAs from NSCAD University, where we met in 2016, and also shared space as artists-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre’s Craft & Design Textile Studio in 2019. Together we have exhibited at the Khyber Centre for the Arts, Xpace Cultural Centre and Sur Gallery. We have also collaboratively hosted workshops through Lakeshore Arts and Mount Saint Vincent University Gallery.

Camila Salcedo & denirée isabel were present in the gallery on Thursdays and Saturdays from approximately 11 – 4 throughout the first phase of their project lived in room: objects frozen in time.

Crafting from Memory, a workshop facilitated and designed by artists Camila Salcedo & denirée isabel
July 23rd and 24th from 12-4pm
Mary E. Black Gallery, 1061 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7

Presented by Eyelevel Crafting from Memory will be a two-day workshop on July 23rd and 24th from 12-4pm, open to 10 participants from Eyelevel’s community.

This event takes registrations in advance, folks can find the link to our online registration form on Eyelevel’s website and social media accounts.

Direct Link to Register: https://forms.gle/Uf1Cb1uCeRekkKWZA 

Please note that the Mary E. Black Gallery will be closed to the public during this workshop.

 

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