… before I wake (2000–12) is a video triptych from Steele and Tomczak comprised of Entranced (2012), Practicing Death (2003), and We’re Getting Younger All the Time (2001). Produced over a twelve-year period, and mostly shot in the context of their domestic dwelling, these works are a meditation on the body, aging, relationships, and the nature of the artists’ collaboration as partners in life and art. Each film confronts the mortal conditions of existence: that life is limited and will invariably end; that the body ages and gradually deteriorates; and that the creative relationship between the artists could end with one partner outliving the other. The first chapter of the trilogy, We’re Getting Younger All the Time, was made in 2000; Practicing Death followed three years later. It took another seven years before the final chapter, Entranced, was developed and produced.

Bio

Lisa Steele (born in Kansas City, MO, USA; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) and Kim Tomczak (born in Victoria, BC, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) have worked exclusively in collaboration since 1983, producing videotapes, performances, and photo/text works. They have received numerous grants and awards both individually and collaboratively, the latter case including the Bell Canada prize for excellence in Video Art, a Toronto Arts Award, and in 2005, a Governor General’s Award for lifetime achievement in Visual & Media Arts. They were awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of British Columbia, Okanagan in 2009.

Learn more about Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak’s practice by listening to episode 7 of the Toronto Biennial of Art Podcast “Short Format”, available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

Exhibition Site

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East
Toronto ON
M5A 3T7