This [series] of [artworks], unconnected as they are, it will be better to [see] through from the beginning, rather than dip into at random. A certain thread of meaning binds them. Memories of childhood and youth, portraits of those who have gone before us in the battle, taken together, they build up a face that “I have loved long since and lost awhile,” the face of what was once [our]self.
Quote adapted from the book Memories and Portraits, by Robert Louis Stevenson (Chatto & Windus, 1887).
Kama La Mackerel is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, educator and cultural mediator who hails from Mauritius and now lives in Montreal. Their work is grounded in the exploration of justice, love, healing, decoloniality, and self- and collective-empowerment. Kama's artistic practive spans across textile, visual, digital, poetic and performative work, and is at once narrotological and theoretical, at once personal and political. A firm believer that aesthetic practives have the power to build resilience, to heal, and to act as forms of resistance to the status quo, Kama articulates an anticolonial praxis through cultural production.
Pascha Marrow has lived and worked in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal) for fifteen years after growing up across East Coast Canada, namely Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kma’ki territories (Saint John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia). She has recently completed an MFA from Concordia University (2018) from the department of Photography - but continues to paint.
Eshan Rafi constructs queerly divergent worldviews through performance, sculpture and video, foregrounding questions of representation and meaning making. Their works have been shown at M:ST 9 (CA), Sharjah Film Platform (AE), and nGBK (DE), among others. They were a fellow in the Home Workspace Program at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (LB).
Logan MacDonald is a visual artist and curator. MacDonald holds a BFA from Concordia University (2006) and a MFA from York University (2010). His artwork has exhibited worldwide and his work has been featured in art publications that include C Magazine, Canadian Art, LTTR, and Documenta 12. Additionally, MacDonald’s has collaborated on projects that include working as part of The Third Leg collective and as a curator for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective.
Participating Artists: Kama La Mackerel (Montréal) Pascha Marrow (Montréal) Eshan Rafi (Toronto-Berlin) Logan MacDonald (Toronto)
Credits: Pascha Marrow