Artist in Residence, 2019-2020

Artist-in-residence for the JHI 2019-20: Public Studio

We're delighted to announce our artist-in-residence for the next academic year: Public Studio is the collaborative art practice of filmmaker Elle Flanders and architect Tamira Sawatzky.

In 2017, Public Studio embarked on a 900km hike along Ontario's escarpment known as The Bruce Trail. Their project, "The New Field: Tracing Decolonisation", brought artists, philosophers, geologists, playwrights, Indigenous writers, botanists and youth together to better understand the land.

From climate change to treaty rights, the project culminated with a performance at Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario calling on the government to include a Rights of Nature clause in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

At the JHI Public Studio will undertake the final phase of this project in the creation of "Unsettled" - a multimedia exhibition at the Doris McCarthy Gallery at UT-Scarborough and a graphic novel that together with new research will retrace the findings of that event.