Saturday July 23 at 2pm.
Water has so much to teach us all we have to do is ask: Mary Siisip Geniusz asks the same question of plants in her book on anishinaabe botanical teachings. Working from this premise, performance artists Maria Hupfield and Chris Mendoza come together to consider the relationship between water and the body through movement, text, and voice. The performance is an expression fueled by a series of discussions and readings on water they have undertaken together while walking alongside and in the lower river over the last year.
This ongoing, shared collaborative work and research brings together Mendoza’s onsite inquiries into the history of the Don Valley River, research begun for the exhibition yet you dream in the green of your time (2020), Art Museum UofT; with Hupfield’s transdisciplinary practice as a local collaborator with Mare Liberum, in which We Draw A Peoples Map of the Don Valley River (2020-22), artists in residents, Evergreen Brickworks; and the inaugural ArtworxTO Legacy Artist in Residence (AiR) Program, City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.
Organized by Pumice Raft in collaboration with artist-educator Chris Mendoza, Implicit Choreographies & Relational Topographies is a processional public program sited within the Don River Valley. This program will take place through a series of gatherings, walks, performances, and discussions—lead by invited artists, researchers, and writers—and will run over several weekends in the Summer and Fall of 2022. Across these events, the program aims to facilitate moments of experiential learning, inviting participants to attune to the layered depths and richness of place that makes up the lower river valley.
chris mendoza is an artist and educator whose work moves between performance, sculpture, image-based work, and writing as affective inquiries into belonging, inheritance, and embodied relations to place. chris values presenting work and performing both in and outside of formal art spaces—the former of which include the FOFA gallery (Montreal); University of Toronto Art Museum; Craft Ontario; Crutch Gallery (Toronto); and the Icelandic Textile Center (Blönduós). chris holds a BFA from Concordia University, a Master of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto and currently resides in Tkaronto/Toronto.