Using experimental analog processes, both Daura Campos and Grace Wang explore the ways in which their individual phenomenology informs their relationship to space, the idea of 'home,' and its physical and emotional realms. The artists' differing lived experiences provide invaluable insight as they grapple with notions of the in-between, belonging, and safe spaces. Rooted in identity as it relates to space during a global pandemic, each artist seeks to explore the intersection between memory and emotion, their parallels, and dynamic interplay.
Daura Campos' Secret Visibility is an intimate exploration in which the artist uses experimental film processing techniques as a means of resisting traditional art practices and hegemonic ideologies as they relate to gender and sexuality. Using images of domestic spaces that are later soaked in a mixture of site-specific ingredients, the artist creates bruise-like compositions. These works speak to one's home being a potentially unsafe or violent space for marginalized community members, an issue further exacerbated by the pandemic.
Grace Wang's introspective series entitled Trace depicts her search for connection and a sense of purpose during this period of global uncertainty. Using analog processes to connect to a perceived truth and the natural world, the artist emphasizes the tension between a state of daydreaming and reality. Grace's playful yet melancholic images trace the push and pull of the human condition.
Curated by Kelsey Myler
Saturday, June 11th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM EDT
Virtual Talk & Workshop
Saturday, June 25th, 1:00 – 3:30 PM EDT
Daura Campos is a Latinx, self-taught, lens-based artist based in Belo Horizonte, Brasil. Through engaging in experimental photographic processes, her practice elicits broader conversations on existing in a dissident body. Daura is currently a Forge fellow; in 2021, she was a convener at the Hemi Convergence for the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics by the New York University. Daura has exhibited at the Museum of Art of Pereira, Experimental Photo Festival, and on billboards in Times Square, New York City, as well as Los Angeles, Chicago, and Toronto.
Grace Wang (she/her) is a self-taught visual artist and filmmaker who works in video, photography, text, and sound. Focusing primarily on analog processes, her practice ranges from street photography to landscape, experimental processes to multi-medias. She is interested in exploring our connection to nature, time, and the complexity of being human. She has exhibited at film festivals across North America/Europe/Asia, galleries, Air Canada, and On-demand video. Grace is an alumnus of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab, 2016 CBC Development Workshop for Diverse Creators, and 2018 Reykjavik International Film Festival Talent Lab. Her work is supported by the National Film Board of Canada, Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Kelsey Myler (she/her) is a visual artist, curator, and arts administrator from St.John’s, Newfoundland. Currently residing and working in Toronto, she is completing her BFA in Image Arts: Photography Studies at Toronto Metropolitan University and graduating Summer of 2022. Her interests include the archive, temporality, community, language, and the nuanced relationships between memory, place, and cultural identity. Kelsey has also graciously had the opportunity to work for institutions such as Artspace Gallery, Gallery 44, and STEPS Public Art.