‘DesignTO Youth: touchbase’ is a group exhibition featuring 9 young artists and designers. Inspired by a six-week workshop series, aimed at demystifying the creative process and dissecting artistic practice, these youth have created new work that reflects themes of identity, resilience, and cultural heritage. Inspired by talks and workshops from wolari studio, Jananda Lima, Zahra Siddiqui, Alita, and Whak&Mo, youth were prompted to consider the complex role of artists and designers in society and how critical thinking can be used to generate creative solutions.
Featured Artists: Amaranna, Monica Cheng, Kimberly Hoang, Jennifer Huynh, Maryam Mohamed, Wishah Qaisar, Anella Schabler, Benjamin Valles, Jasmine Vanstone.
‘DesignTO Youth: touchbase' is organized by DesignTO in partnership with JAYU, and supported by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Government of Ontario and Entro. Collision Gallery provided by QuadReal.
The Museum of Contemporary Work is an exhibit highlighting artifacts from the recent past, present and future of work. The objects, both real and fictional, explore themes like identity, inequity, meaning and motivation. From stress balls to smartphones, each selected item is a symbol of the invisible forces at work in our work. Together, they tell stories of how our daily labours are changing—and how they are changing us.
Created and curated by Sean Hazell, the 2024 edition is the exhibition’s first showing in nearly five years and will incorporate new objects highlighting recent topics such as remote work, gig work, productivity, burnout and the impact of artificial intelligence.
Collision Gallery provided by QuadReal. Part of the 14th annual DesignTO Festival, Jan 19-28, 2024.