This Woman’s Work explores the past, present, and futures of women’s work in Toronto – through the lens of women of colour. Informed by family histories and emerging social and technological changes impacting the world of work, this exhibition features performance, visual art, film, and an immersive audio experience that invites audiences to think critically about possible and preferred futures of women’s work.
Through an intimate portrayal of her mother, Farihah Shah’s film, And With These Hands, captures the challenges modern women face managing work and familial responsibilities. Skylar Cheung’s embroidery defiantly points to the undervaluing of housework, and Hima Batavia’s durational performance brings to life a woman working in a fictional future, based on Memory Work.
Together their pieces point to the pressures and barriers women face, which have only intensified with the pandemic.
Project Leads: Alica Hall, Natasha Singh
Exhibiting Artists: Farihah Shah, Hima Batavia, Skylar Cheung
Futures Research and Soundscape Production: Macy Siu, Asia Clarke, Alyssa Alikpala, Nehal El-Hadi, Robert Bolton, Valdis Silins, Udit Vira, Emily Woudenberg, Tala Kamea, Naomi Skwarna, and Dani Ramez
At The Moment: Alica Hall and Natasha Singh
At The Moment honours the collective strength of women who are breaking boundaries, using their voices and embracing who they are. We connect women to experiences that celebrate who they are. We share traditions and culture. We curate objects that are rooted in our history but redesigned for modern times.