Walks of Survivance
May 5, 2017, Reception: 7-10pm.
Exhibition runs May 5 – June 10
109 University Ave W
Windsor, ON N9A 5P4
This exhibition is presented as a part of Mayworks Windsor, an annual festival run by area arts, labour, environmental and social service groups and organizations. In Farrah Miranda’s installation, The Produce Party, the ambience of a locally sourced soiree is breached by a series of interventions. Fashioned from old fruit crates, a harvest table set with vintage dinnerware, spans the length of the gallery. A small hand-written note marks the bottom of each dish. 1966-NOW, it reads, highlighting the longevity of Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program. Appearing on the menu in retro font, workers’ words – retrieved from case-law and journal articles, implicate the viewer in the politics of time. Against this weighty testimony, three bright hangings adorn the walls; sculpted from Ontario produce, large farm implements: a wheel barrow – a spade – and a rake – call into question the beauty and violence of production. Lisa Myers is showing a video installation called and from then on we lived on blueberries for about a week, which includes a parabolic speaker to immerse the viewer in the audio component of the animation. ABOUT FARRAH MIRANDA Farrah-Marie Miranda’s work emphasizes the power of ordinary people to enact change. Drawing on a decade of organizing within migrant justice movements, Farrah-Marie founded the Mass Arrival project in 2013. The project mobilizes public interventions into the discourse of illegality surrounding migrant boat arrivals to the West. Acclaimed for its synthesis of performance, new media, and the law, Mass Arrival has exhibited internationally. Reviews of Farrah-Marie’s work have been featured in publications as diverse as Canadian Theatre Review, Canadian Art Magazine, the Toronto Star, the Torontoist, FUSE Magazine, This Magazine and in the anthology, Wildfre: Art as Activism. FarrahMarie’s writing appears in diverse publications, including the book, Art in the Wake of the Komagatamaru: Transpacifc Migration, Race and Contemporary Art. ABOUT LISA MYERS In addition to being an artist, Lisa Myers is an independent curator, musician and chef. These disciplines inform her various practices. She grew up in southern Ontario. Lisa’s Mother’s family is Anishnaabe and French from Shawanaga and Beausoleil First Nation in the Georgian Bay region, and her Dad is from English and Austrian ancestry who settled in southern Ontario. In 2011, Myers earned her Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University, which focused on the use of food in Indigenous art practice. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in venues including , Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Peterborough and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Lisa works and lives in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario.