Simon Vickers researches intersections of public and urban history, focusing on activism across particular neighbourhoods in Toronto and Montreal since the 1960s. For this presentation, Vickers engages with Luis Jacob’s two-part installation The View from Here to initiate dialogues on historical social movements and how the city has been impacted by gentrification, affordability and the role of printed matter in tracing those processes.
Adopting maps, printed street-views, books, and the city’s landscape, artist Luis Jacob’s installation explores many of Toronto’s conflicting narratives. As a central dynamic of the project, situated at Union Station and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, Jacob has invited a series of guest artists, researchers, and thinkers who, from their own research and practices, extend the context of his presented materials. From mapping forms of social storytelling, to understanding cultural belongings as repositories of relations, and working with printed matter as sites of neighbourhood organizing—each offering reveals another View from Here.
Image credit: Simon Vickers, Reform Canon Open, 2019, Courtesy of the artist.
Luis Jacob (born in Lima, Peru; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) is an artist whose work destabilizes viewing conventions and invites collisions of meaning. He studied semiotics and philosophy at the University of Toronto. Since his participation in documenta 12, Kassel, 2007, he has achieved an international reputation with exhibitions at venues such as: La Biennale de Montréal, 2016; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York City, 2015; Taipei Biennial, 2012; Generali Foundation, Vienna, 2011; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, 2010; Kunstverein in Hamburg, 2008; and Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 2008.
Simon Vickers (born in Flatrock, NFLD, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) research interests include public history, urban history, and the history of social movements. He has previously written about social and co-operative housing movements in Montreal, and is currently writing about neighbourhood activist movements in Toronto and Montreal since the 1960s. Simon is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Toronto.