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“Recast”
Curated by: Lisa Myers
Artists: Bev Koski and Christian Chapman

Stepping into the “Recast” exhibition invites the audience into a state of awe as they first follow the trail of Bev Koski’s 20 large photographs of these beaded cloaked palm sized figurines. Each pieces evokes a sense of sympathy as each photograph reveals only the eyes of the characters, as if she was showing how powerless they were. At the end of the trail, it leads to a small room with three lone chairs playing Christian Chapman’s black and white film collaboration with several artists through out 6 years period. An eerie background plays as a peculiar man who journeys into the depth of a forest, showing a peek of his everyday life.

Chapman’s video was filmed with combinations of rapid shakiness and renders whereas Koski’s photographs were vibrant with the small details of contour of the beaded wrap. With the collaboration of these two artists, the audience wouldn’t grasp the relation of their two projects as they contrast in form and colour but the underlying theme of redesign from originality reveals itself as one continues to wonder through the exhibit.

Explained by curator Lisa Myers, the word of “recast” defines as “reassigning an already established role” (Myers). Koski is an Anishnabekwe artist who graduated from York University with BFA and an active teacher in many Native related centers (RECAST). Her gigantic photo gallery entails the sad reality of mass produced figurines, which were based on stereotypes of North American Indigenous people. By covering these tiny figures, it represented the minimization of demoralizing the stereotypes that was behind these toys. The beaded detail as it shapes the small features of these toys left me with the impression of the same theme of the loss of identity.

Masked by this beautiful cover, it leaves the eyes of characters…...

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