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Setayesh Babaei

Setayesh Babaei (born in Isafan, Iran; based in Toronto, Ontario) is an Iranian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist and designer. She is a recent graduate from OCAD University in Environmental Design program. Setayesh has witnessed the loss of the largest river in the central plateau of Iran, Zayanderood, that was due to water extractions and lack of knowledge about water and land. She dedicated her thesis to the realization of the buried rivers in Toronto and their transformation, due to urbanization, from waterways to underground sewage systems. Her project explores the history as well as the future of the city’s hydrological system; from the greenbelt to watersheds, to ravines, and rivers, the “Veins” of our city.

Programs

Night Walk with Lost Rivers and Rivers Rising

Location: Christie Station

This Night Walk with the Lost Rivers and Rivers Rising initiatives traces hidden histories of the Garrison Creek, which enters Lake Ontario just east of Fort York, the military garrison for the region. Closed since the 1920s, the hidden creek has gained interest as new initiatives have formed to draw…

Poetry Walk with Toronto’s River Poets, Lost Rivers, and Rivers Rising

Location: St. Matthews Clubhouse

A poetry walk in conjunction with artist Maria Thereza Alves’s project Phantom Pain at Riverdale Park W. Toronto’s River Poets, together with the initiatives Lost Rivers and Rivers Rising, and knowledge keepers investigate Toronto’s lost rivers, the forgotten network of water that runs beneath our feet. Meeting point: St. Matthews…

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