Toronto Biennial 2024 artist Rudy Loewe is joined by transmedia artist and UofT professor of black studies and the archive, SA Smythe for a conversation, which brings together practices and approaches that are rooted in Black queer and trans histories, storytelling, and belonging within and outside of the institution and across the diaspora. Within their conversation, Rudy will share aspects of their process and the ongoing development of their project for the Biennial through their residency in Toronto during April 2024.

This Program will be live-streamed on Zoom. Please join with the link below or enter the Meeting ID on the Zoom Desktop App or Online on your browser. No registration required.

Join the Zoom Meeting In Conversation: Rudy Loewe and SA Smythe
Meeting ID: 849 7462 4224

Location details:

  • This event is being hosted within SKETCH’s Lower Level located on the ‘Lower Level’ (LL). The name of the building is ‘Youngplace’ (YP).
  • SKETCH studios are accessible to mobility devices.
  • There is one elevator for the whole building that is used for both general and freight needs.
  • There is signage for SKETCH in the elevator and on the directory on the main floor.
  • There is one accessible washroom with a changing table in the back hallway, and another two-stalled all gender washroom within the SKETCH studios.
  • Due to the use of some art supplies such as paint, and providing food during events, SKETCH is not a scent free space by default.

Note: We highly encourage all visitors to wear a face mask while in the space.

This program is co-presented with SKETCH Working Arts. Rudy Loewe’s residency was generously supported by SKETCH Working Arts and Simon Cole.

Artist Bio

Rudy Loewe

Rudy Loewe (b.1987, they/them) lives and works in London, UK. They hold a BA in Illustration from the University of Brighton, UK (2010), an MFA in Visual Communication from Konstfack, Stockholm, SE (2018) and are currently working towards a practice-based PhD at the University of the Arts London. Loewe has exhibited internationally in institutions and galleries including: Humber Street Gallery, Hull, UK: South London Gallery, London, UK; New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK; Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm, SE; Vallentuna Kulturhus, Stockholm, SE; Marabourparken, Sundbyberg, SE; Royal Academy, London, UK; Regart Centre D’Artistes En Art Actuel, Lévis, CA; DobraVaga, Ljubljana, SI; 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, London, UK; Staffordshire St, London, UK; Serpentine Galleries, London, UK. They have had public commissions including: LDN WMN billboard commissioned by Tate and the Mayor of London, London, UK; Becontree Forever schools project, commissioned by Barking & Dagenham council, London, UK; The Depths of Our History, Contemporary Art Space Project commissioned by Iniva and RSA Academies, UK; Black Women in History, Pen Store shop front window, Stockholm, SE; PROCESSIONS banner commissioned by Artichoke, London, UK; Draw Or Die! Grafikens Hus shop front window, Södertälje, SE. Residencies include: Ecologias Especulativas, Labverde, Brazil (2023); Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2023); Early Years Artists in Residence, Serpentine Galleries, London, UK (2020); Distributed Identities, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada (2019); We Dey, X Space, Austria (2019); The Bothy Project, Scotland (2019). Recent exhibitions include shows at VITRINE Fitzrovia, London, UK, Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, UK, PEER gallery, London UK and a public sculpture presentation in the Liverpool Biennial 2023, UK.

Artist Bio

SA Smythe

SA Smythe is a multi-instrumentalist, critical theorist, and transmedia storyteller and educator conjuring cartographies of black belonging. Their practice choreographs sound compositions, light sculptures, poetics, performance, and archival ephemera. Smythe has work featured in collaborative and solo performance exhibitions, film and multimedia installations, poetry anthologies, and in literary and performance festivals. They are a 2023-24 MacDowell Fellow in Multimedia Installation and recipient of the 2022 Rome Prize for Modern Italian Studies. They’ve recently held artist/composer residencies and presented soundscape, poetry and performance work Villa Lena (Tuscany), VCCA, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and FADO Performance Art Centre in Toronto, BASE (Milan), the Bell Gallery (Brown Arts Institute), Berkeley Arts Centre (Berkeley), The Recovery Plan and Palazzino indiano arte/CANGO in Florence, GXRLSCHOOL (Los Angeles), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Africa Writes Literary Festival (2016 coheadliner, London), the Mattatoio Museum (Rome), and The Church (New York). Together with fellow Rome Prize winner (Visual Art) and MacDowell alum (Performance) Autumn Knight, SA Smythe is 1/2 of the multiscalar performance collective THEYFXRST. They are Assistant Professor of Black Studies & the Archive at the University of Toronto, where they direct the Collaboratory for Black Poiēsis and mannish waters atelier.


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