Feb 18 – Mar 16
Khadija Baker’s Toronto première solo exhibition lays bare emotional and embodied landscapes of empire, revealing rituals of memory and loss, and the intimacy of survival and resistance. Taking the evacuation and exile of the Kurds, and their erasure from the land as her point of departure, Baker’s installation Behind Walls weaves together clothing, rope, clay, light, and the voices of the displaced, and invites us to participate in the re-inscription of what has been lost. Baker’s new time-based, interactive work Home exposes the uncertainty of the exiled body as it becomes home to self, and to the future. The work assembles sculpture woven from the artist’s hair, and names etched in ink on ice. Lasting the time it takes for the ice to melt, Baker’s video series Name/Trace become a modality for grieving memory itself, in a dominant cultural landscape where only the deaths of the occupying troops are reported.
-Excerpted from gallery website.
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