Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.
259 Lake Shore Blvd E: Each Friday from 5–7pm & Saturday/Sunday from 12–2pm
Small Arms Inspection Building: Each Saturday/Sunday from 12–2pm
Image Credit: Storytelling Sessions, 2019. Photo: Yuula Benivolski.
Fan Wu was born in Baoding, China, and is now based in Tkaronto where he is the wick at the tip of the candle of exhaustion. His practice moves between activating language’s intrinsic capacities and exploring language’s unutterable beyond. You can find more of his writing online at MICE Magazine, baest journal, and Aisle 4; or track down Mourning Anthology or Himalayan Musk Rambler, writing collections that he has edited.
By way of Barbadian and Goan parents, Nadijah Robinson (born and based in Toronto, ON, Canada) is a multidisciplinary artist inspired by resilience, justice, and the infinite. Her practice remixes found materials with the stories of her various communities. Community becomes both the source and the purpose of her work, as stories are crafted for the experience of communal healing. She is continually rewriting herself and her communities into history, and in the process, trying to break open history itself.
Rebecca Flemister (born in Shelburne, ON, Canada; lives in Mississauga, ON, Canada) is a theatre collaborator, arts writer, and historical interpreter of African American and White European decent. A recent graduate of The University of Toronto for Theatre and English literature, Rebecca worked as a dramaturge and co-writer for the 2018 Beck festival on a collective creation piece entitled In this Room We Keep the Movers and the Thinkers. This performance translated biographical experiences into dance, movement and spoken word. She is a current participant in the 2019/20 Emerging Arts Critic programme with the National Ballet of Canada.