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Artist Talk: Kendra Yee & Tova Benjamin in conversation with Alexia Bréard-Anderson

Alexia Bréard-Anderson

March 18, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2pm


Join us at 2pm on Saturday, March 18th, for an artist talk and conversation between artist Kendra Yee and writer Tova Benjamin with writer and curator Alexia Bréard-Anderson; Yee and Benjamin will discuss the cycles of histories within the artifacts of their exhibition at Xpace, To Whom It May Concern. The exhibition seeks to explore questions of women’s personal histories: how do we validate memories, personally and collectively?

Following the talk, you are welsome to stick around for an online performance by artist Aditi Ohri. Ohri will play Holi, a game that welcomes the beginning of spring through water balloon mischief and the splashing of colour. This Hindu tradition also has a complex history of caste-based violence, something her family has never discussed. I will be celebrating and critiquing the festival as I explore this history.

Ohri’s performance is in conversation with Xpace’s Main Space exhibition, Blood Ties, part of Myseum Intersections.

About the artists:
Tova Benjamin is a poet and writer of short stories and essays but mostly a writer of letters; her work deals with the violence and tenderness that develops in religious interactions and the intimate ways communities form and dissolve. She currently lives in Toronto.

Kendra Yee is a Toronto based artist and designer. Yee works on a variety of projects from; programming, workshops, collaborative shows and interactive installations. Her work recreates the speculative worlds that exist within her head, combining it with landscapes found within local neighbourhoods.

About the moderator:
Alexia Bréard-Anderson is an Argentinean-Canadian writer, curator and arts administrator who strives to create spaces that promote cultural empowerment through connection and collaboration.

Aditi Ohri:
Aditi Ohri is a diasporic diva. Nostalgic for the zenana, she uses craft in her art practice to reimagine women’s spaces in her ancestor’s homes.