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Grow Op 2017 Artist Talks
Thu, 20 April 2017, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
Let’s talk! Join us for a Grow Op discussion in the Ballroom where Zahra Ebrahim will speak with interdisciplinary artist Martha Barron Griffith; photographer John Haney; and documentary filmmaker Monica Gutierrez on stage with her film’s subject, Johann Fisch.
At a time when the world can seem like a dark place indeed, we’ll explore the capacity for landscape to embody the promise of renewal. From the tending of a man-made forest in a hidden west Etobicoke park, to porcelain found on the homestead of an early fugitive from slavery, to the careful recording of what remains after a logging clear cut, we’ll talk about the surprising places where these artists discovered hope through their work.
Following the brief presentations and moderated discussion, we invite you to relax, grab a drink and start up conversations with the Grow Op 2017 artists. An American Sign Language interpreter will be present at the event.
Landscapes of Hope highlights three works in the Grow Op Exhibition that are tied to a theme of optimism through their engagement with the land:
Zahra Ebrahim seeds change through her co-lead role at Doblin International. Her passion for social innovation and genuine curiosity about the world are the grounds of her unique moderator style.
Monica Guttierez is an artist and director originally from Columbia. Her Grow Op piece, Johann’s Woodlot, is a moving story of an Etobicoke forest lovingly planted by Johann who is deaf.
John Haney is a photographer based in Hamilton who will be discussing his photographic series, Clearcut. The images of a razed New Brunswick forest are a story of recovery.
Martha Barron Griffith is an artist with the room installation Blue Window. The work meditates on a series of tableware fragments found in an area settled by an early fugitive who sought freedom through the Underground Railroad.