May 5 – June 10, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, May 5, 7pm at Artcite, Inc.
w/ curator in attendance
Artcite Gallery hours: Wed. – Sat, 12:00 – 5:00 pm
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. A medley of fruit and vegetable ads jingle softly through the speakers. The idyllic sounds belong to Foodland Ontario, a consumer promotion program of the Ontario government.
Accompanying the nostalgic marketing, a coffin-shaped dining table (fashioned from old fruit-crates), spans the length of the gallery. Thirteen paper plates are bolted to its surface. Inked with anecdotes from migrant farmworkers and the advocates who labour alongside them, each dish comes with a corresponding menu listing the legal, medical, activist and news sources from which these testimonies are drawn.
Looming overhead, four rusty farm wheels, take the shape of a chandelier. Adorned with dirty shoes, gloves, and plastic produce, the fixture implicates viewers in the violence of industrial agriculture, and the difficulties of ‘buying local’.
Lisa Myers’ video installation called and from then on we lived on blueberries for about a week, includes a parabolic speaker to immerse the viewer in the audio component of the animation.
About Farrah Miranda
Farrah Miranda is an Abu-Dhabi-born, Toronto-based artist with an MA in Environmental Studies from York University. Farrah’s transdisciplinary practice emerges from more than a decade of organizing within Canada’s migrant justice movements, and from her training with Jamaican theatre worker and feminist scholar, Honor Ford-Smith. Farrah curated and co-directed Mass Arrival, a project that intervenes in the discourse of illegality surrounding migrant boat arrivals to Canada. Acclaimed for its synthesis of performance, new media and the law, it has exhibited at Whippersnapper Gallery, Surrey Art Gallery and Astérides (Friche Belle de Mai – Marseille); and been featured in numerous publications. Farrah has presented on this work at art and academic institutions in Canada and Europe. She has also contributed to a number of publications, including In the Wake of the Komagata Maru: Transpacific Migration, Race & Contemporary Art, FUSE Magazine, Voz-À-Voz / Voice-À-Voice, and Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society.
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.