Mothers of Invention

About Memory Work

Situated at the Strachan Gate entrance to The Bentway, Memory Work is a speculative monument that commemorates Toronto’s potential. 

Twelve embellished photographic portraits depict members of a future-fictional movement, the Mothers of Invention, honouring their roles in nurturing Toronto’s transition to a regenerative economy. A work of foresight, Memory Work extrapolates from signals of change and glimmers of hope. The individuals photographed are luminary figures, present-day seeds of the characters they portray. An audio tour, available by calling a toll-free number, offers an additional narrative layer and a portal to the possible city. 




Memory Work is co-presented by From Later and The Bentway with support from the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival as part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021–2022. Additional support by the Canada Council for the Arts, City of Toronto, and the Toronto Arts Council.

On view at The Bentway, May 1, 2022 - April 30, 2023

Address: 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3K9 (At street level on the East side of Strachan Ave. under the Gardiner Expressway)

Team

Painting Embellishments - Rajni Perera

Stylists - Tala Kamea & Naomi Skwarna

Graphic Design- Emily Woudenberg

Portraits - Omii Thompson

Models: Mecha Clarke, Jennifer Maramba, Xiyao (Miranda) Shou, Zanette Singh, Cheyenne Sundance, and Dori Tunstall


About Memory Work Collective:

Memory Work Collective is a community of artists and writers. Concerned equally with the relational and the imaginary, the Collective engages in the mutual recounting and reconstruction of lived experience to contemplate possible worlds. Their research-based practice creates material for meditation, critique, and new ways of living — negotiating ethical and moral imperatives across (past, present, and future) time.

Memory Work Collective @memorywork_ (Rajni Perera, Tala Kamea, Naomi Skwarna, Omii Thompson, Macy Siu, Robert Bolton, Emily Woudenberg, Erica Whyte, Jac Sanscartier, and Sydney Allen-Ash) 

Exhibition Credit Line:

Memory Work is co-presented by From Later and The Bentway with support from the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival as part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021–2022. Additional support by the Canada Council for the Arts, City of Toronto, and the Toronto Arts Council. 


Exhibition Essay by: Mandy Harris Williams (@idealblackfemale) 


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