Life of a Craphead

Life of a Craphead is the collaboration of Amy Lam (born in Hong Kong, China; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) and Jon McCurley (born and lives in Toronto, ON, Canada). Their work spans performance art, film, and curation, full of humour as a form of empathy towards often troubling histories and present circumstances. Their most recent exhibition, Entertaining Every Second (2019), is centred on a research project about the American war in Vietnam. Other projects include King Edward VII Statue Floating Down the Don River (2017), where they dumped a life-size replica of a colonial statue into a Toronto river on a weekly basis for a month.

Learn more about Life of a Craphead’s practice by listening to episode 9 of the Toronto Biennial of Art Podcast “Short Format”, available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.


2019 Toronto Biennial of Art Residency

Location: Ireland Park Foundation

Dates: September 9 – November 1, 2019 For its inaugural residency, the Toronto Biennial of Art proudly presented Life of a Craphead, a collective whose work spans performance art, film, and curation. The Toronto Biennial of Art Residency is an experimental platform for artists whose socially engaged practices challenge disciplinary and…

Short Format Podcast Series

Short Format is a podcast series created by Aliya Pabani and Angela Shackel for the Toronto Biennial of Art. In expanding dialogues around the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art, selected artists discussed their practice and processes in a series of short format podcasts and audiograms. Participating artists and collectives included…

Doo Red

Location: Ireland Park Foundation

Co-presented by the Toronto Biennial of Art in partnership with Ireland Park Foundation and Trinity Square Video Doored is a performance art show that was organized and hosted by Life of a Craphead from 2012-2017. A special presentation at the Toronto Biennial of Art returns with an updated name, Doo…

Read me, Love me, Leave me: Toronto Art Book Fair

Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd East

Read me, Love me, Leave me explores different modes of reading through collaboration, humour, and storytelling. Invited guest artists, including Life of a Craphead, Katie Lyle & Shelby Wright, and Cotey Pope, respond to works that they have created, admire, find inspirational, or spark curiosity. In the spirit of open-mic,…