Stroll with the Curator: A Tour of The Love that Remains

Date: Friday, May 17, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Art Museum at the University of Toronto, University of Toronto Art Centre (in University College)
15 King’s College Circle

How can we reconnect with our mothers, grandmothers, and matrilineal ancestors through textile practices?

Join MVS Curatorial Studies student Samantha Lance for a family tour of The Love that Remains, an exhibition that brings together three Toronto-based artists whose contemporary textile practices recover matrilineal histories of displacement and belonging. Lance will share deeper insight into how artists Par Nair, Julie Gladstone, and Carol Ann Apilado revitalize ancestral practices to reconnect with their families, genealogies, and homelands. They seek to reconcile with the loss, trauma, and grief tied to their histories in the South Indian, Sephardic, and Filipino diasporic communities respectively. The artists’ acts of weaving, embroidery, and knitting evoke how fabric has served as a material for survival, protection, and resilience. They bring attention to the female labour and creative expressions of their ancestors who endured displacement and/or exile across generations and in different geographical contexts. The artists’ works invite us to develop a deeper understanding of the role and history of women’s cultural work as weavers, embroiderers, and knitters.

Visitors are encouraged to take part in a story-sharing circle to reflect on their ancestry, experiences of im/migration, and relationships with family heirlooms.

The event is free and open to all parent-students and their children, students, staff and faculty at the University of Toronto. While the event is geared towards adults and not suitable for young children, babes in arms, carriers and strollers are welcome and encouraged. Please register via our form.

About the Curator: Samantha Lance is a curator and writer originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and currently based in Toronto. She holds a BFA with Distinction in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University and is completing the MVS Curatorial Studies program at the University of Toronto. Samantha has worked as a freelance writer and Curatorial Intern for The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and a Curatorial Assistant and Registrar for the Art Gallery of Algoma, and she has volunteered as a Gallery Guide for the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is a recipient of the John and Myrna Daniels Foundation Opportunity Award.

Learn more about the exhibit.