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Diane Borsato

Message to Japan

Courage, peace, and affection to all, my heart is with you.

Artist Inforamtion

Diane Borsato is a visual artist working in performance, intervention, video, installation, and photography. She has exhibited in galleries and museums across Canada and internationally including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec, the Art Gallery of York University, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, and The Power Plant. Diane Borsato is currently Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studio at the University of Guelph, and lives in Toronto.

Official Website: Diane Borsato

Camilla Singh

Message to Japan

There is a message in this drawing which is a secret from me to you.  It contains my most personal thoughts about imagination and transforming reality. I hope it gives you license to see things the way you want without accountability to anything but your own inclinations.  That’s what I’m sending you in the form of this backpack.

Artist information

Camilla Singh is a visual artist and curator who builds things faithfully to her ideas and not always to a recurrent medium or form. She shares Catherine Opie’s view that “…it’s transgressive just to try to live your life the way you actually want to live it.” Singh left her role as curator of Toronto’s MOCCA to experiment with materials in her studio and probe the questions that had formed around the experience of working in an office for a decade. She is currently researching and producing a series of uniforms for curators called Uniforms for Non-Uniform Work which will comprise a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of York University in 2014, curated by Emelie Chhangur.

Official Website: Camilla Singh

Annie Onyi Cheung

Message to Japan

I would like to offer subtle sounds of wind chimes to the people of Japan. The difficult times endured have inspired communities to work together toward healing and rebuilding. By creating a mobile and traveling wind chime backpack, my hope is that the uplifting sounds of chimes, generated by the rhythm of walking and the wind, will be a welcome reminder of nature and change, contributing to the good energy and flow that exist in the neighbourhoods and sites visited during Field Trip outings. The journey will be traced in an audio recording while the backpack is in motion, capturing the energetic sounds of the many people and neighbourhoods that will be visited over the course of the project.

Artist information

Annie Onyi Cheung is an emerging performance, video and installation artist whose work has been concerned with relational politics, with increasing focus on site and materiality. Her projects have shown most recently at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (2011 and 2010), Labspace Studio (2011), Subtle Technologies Festival (2011), The Artist Project Toronto (2011), and Doris McCarthy Gallery (2010). She has been a member of the 7a*11d collective since 2009, and recently co-curated a 3-week outdoor art-installations festival for Art of the Danforth. Upcoming projects include 2 summer workshop events with the Varley Art Gallery (June/July 2012), new work for ‘Forts’ project curated by Physical Futures Initiative (August 2012) and ‘Free (or Best Offer)’ curated by Ufuk Gueray (November 2012). Born in Hong Kong, Annie currently lives and works in Toronto.

Official Website: Annie Onyi Cheung