Window Display Exhibit Aberrant by Cat Lamora
I’ve been passing by this really cool gallery for awhile now.. they have some of the best window displays that I have seen..
I went by last week and someone was setting up this amazing window.. it looked so tropical that I want to jump right inside. It was -14C today.. and it’s supposed to be even colder Sunday. Any hint of something warm is inspiring..
After some research.. this is by Cat Lamora from her site:
“Cat Lamora is a Korean-Canadian paper artist based in Toronto. Through the fragile and temporary medium of paper, her work strives to preserve the brief liminal space created at the crossroads of diaspora consciousness, memory, culture, and nostalgia, examining how each lived experience constructs the building blocks of identity.”
This is window display is part of her show called “The Aberrant “:
“The Aberrant is a three dimensional paper installation that attemps to address the experience of a gyopo — a term for Korean expatriates who have been citizens in their new countries for longer than a decade. The term itself carries negative connotations as referring to people who, as a result of living outside the motherland, have been severed from their Korean roots.
Expatriation itself was a rising trend in South Korea in the late 90s and early 2000s, as more and more families chose to leave in order to pursue opportunities for wealth and education outside the country. In the late 1990s, South Korea became the fifth-largest source of immigrants to Canada. North America was hugely idealized and was seen as the new horizon in the journey toward open doors and opportunities.
The Aberrant questions the effect of expatriation in Korean-Canadian gyopos, and the deafening loneliness produced by the conflict between the culture one is born into versus the newly adopted. Having to lead a life of duality of two names, two cultures, and two homes, the piece hopes to express the balancing act that gyopos must struggle to reconcile with.”.
I gotta confess that I have never been inside.. mostly, because it’s always closed when I go by. But this latest exhibit looks like a must
From their website:
” Xpace Cultural Centre is a not-for-profit artist-run centre dedicated to providing emerging and student artists, designers, curators and writers with opportunities to showcase their work in a professional setting. Xpace is supported by the OCAD Student Union.