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Art Opening: Strike A Chord

Mayworks Festival

Thursday, 4 May 2017 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

Art Opening: Strike A Chord

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Join us for the opening reception with artist talks and a performance by Montreal-based artist, Claudia Bernal at Sur Gallery on May 4, 7 – 10 pm

Presented in partnership with Sur Gallery

Curated by Tamara ToledoStrike a Chord presents multiple perspectives and offer the possibility of change through the use of various tools to activate social integrity, social justice, and respect. 

Montreal-based artist Claudia Bernal, Toronto-based artists Coco Guzman, Julieta Maria and David Salazar use performance, video, installation, sculpture and drawing to position themselves as activists in a society that has revealed its ultra-right wing ideology.

While both Bernal and Guzman tackle performance and drawing as change catalysts and see the power of individuals capable of redefining the course of history, Salazar exposes the vulnerability we all share and the obstacle that blocks our paths exposing our precarious lives. Maria takes us home, a comforting and nurturing encounter with our mothers, exposing our true nature to survive despite sentiments of fear and isolation lingering in the world today. During times of uncertainty and anxiety, it is artists who create meaning and a sense of purpose when all else seems to be crumbling. Artists raise their voices; they elicit and provoke those who do not want to change.


GALLERY HOURS: TUE & WED: 10AM - 2:30PM, THU & FRI: 12 - 6 PM, SAT: 11AM - 5PM

Co-presented with aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival

Supported by imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Co-sponsored by Ontario Public Service Employees Union, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto

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Sur Gallery
39 Queens Quay West
Suite 100
Toronto, ON M5J

Thursday, 4 May 2017 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

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Mayworks Festival

MAYWORKS FESTIVAL OF WORKING PEOPLE AND THE ARTS is an annual multidisciplinary arts festival that celebrates the culture of all working peoples. Founded by the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, Mayworks has been uniting art and labour since 1986 by showcasing the cultural production of workers and their artist allies. Mayworks’ goal is to support the compelling and vital work of both workers-as-artists and artists-as-workers. Mayworks’ artistic vision is specifically guided by our equity policy that allows for representation of First Nations people, people of colour, queer and trans people, people with disabilities and young people as audiences and artists. 

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