Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Secret Garden curated by Lido Pimienta - Novemver 2014, OCAD U Student Gallery

A Secret Garden - OCAD U Student Gallery
Thursday, November 6, 2014 to Saturday, November 29, 2014

Lido Pimienta, Adrienne Crossman, Benjamin McCarthy, Toni Darling
Curated by Lido Pimienta

The Exhibition features my work queer planet and a large scale projection work.

by Lido Pimienta

A Secret Garden is a multimedia exhibition that probes the complex tension between the presumed anti-racist political consensus in Western liberal society, and the racist (sub)texts that persist in children’s films and literature. The work takes as its source Francis Hodgson Burnett’s children’s book The Secret Garden and the films that have been adapted from that text. It explores a two-fold ‘white-washing’ of Burnett’s source text: 1) the sterilizing of explicitly racist and colonialist elements from the text in the various film adaptations, and 2) the impact of the idyllic, colonially
derived fantasy space of the novel on young readers.

The exhibition functions as a conversation between traditional art / craft and the digital vernacular of the Millennial shaped by the children's media of the ‘90s. The gallery space will function as the canvas of the exchange: flowers adorning the walls to emulate ornate 19th century wallpaper; furniture covered with hand-painted flowers, nostalgically evocative of a classical colonial living room meets a ‘90s family / media room.

Upon entering the gallery participants will encounter the clashing signifiers of the nostalgic domestic spaces that inform the original text, its film adaptation, and that of its young millennial viewers. Cliché objects of antiquated wealth will jostle with those of the sprawling post-internet late 20th century: colonial portraiture with gifs; Victorian flowers and statuary with data-moshed video works; hand-painted ‘brown’ Mary Lennox(s),with text-based juxtapositions of the text and film that expose both ideological shifts from the source text, and racist and sexist consistencies.
Artists Featured

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Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based Colombian born interdisciplinary artist-curator and musician. She has performed, exhibited, and curated around the world since 2002. Pimienta is currently pursuing a degree in Art Criticism and Curatorial Practice at The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). Her work explores the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American Diaspora and vernacular.

Benjamin McCarthy is a musician, sound artist and educator. His recent work addresses gender, race, and authority in educational contexts, and the impact texts and teachers have both on sustaining and unsettling the violence of normative values. Working with found sound, samples, synthetic textures and the visual vernacular of everyday life; McCarthy produces critiques that speak the argot of the object criticized.

Toni Darling:  Fibre arts, textile and ceramic artist whose interest and experience with the medium, challenges the boundaries of what is expected from traditional art and craft. Darling’s process is an examination of personal growth and change.