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2Fik: His and Other Stories
From April 6th to June 4th, 2017
Curator: Mona Filip
Koffler Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

Opening reception: Thursday April 6th, 2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Born in Paris to a Moroccan Muslim family, 2Fik moved to Montréal in 2003. His encounter with the city’s multicultural environment inspired him to examine issues of identity and its socio-political ramifications. Assuming the multiple roles of artistic director, photographer, and performer, the franco-quebecois artiste stages elaborate tableaux that often re-enact familiar compositions derived from famous paintings. Toying with reality, his constructed images destabilize the viewer’s assumed points of reference, playfully orchestrating scenes that comment thoughtfully on current society.

As 2Fik’s first solo show in Toronto, His and Other Stories offers a survey of these recent bodies of work to examine cultural legacies and identity constructs.

A new work, created for this exhibition, reinterprets Benjamin West’s 1770 painting, The Death of General Wolfe, an emblematic example of Canadian history represented through a colonial lens. The original dramatically depicts the General’s fall during the 1759 Battle of Québec, celebrating him as a hero and a symbol of British dominance. Subverting this patriarchal, whitewashing viewpoint, 2Fik’s vibrant characters of mixed genders, ethnicities, and faiths infuse new meaning into this iconic image. Raising irreverent questions, his critical reinterpretation disrupts nationalistic discourses, opening conversation on today’s pluralistic realities. Shot at Honest Ed’s just before its demolition, the photograph recalls this site’s significance to Toronto and its diverse inhabitants, honouring both present and historical loss, mourning across time and cultural dimensions.

2Fik: His and Other Stories is generously supported by the Hal Jackman Foundation.

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Koffler Centre of the Arts 180 Shaw St., Suite 104-105, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5

TORONTO - 2Fik Exhibition at the Koffler Gallery

When
From April 6th to June 4th, 2017
Where
Koffler Centre of the Arts
180 Shaw St., Suite 104-105, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
2Fik, La Grande Intendante, 2012

2Fik: His and Other Stories
From April 6th to June 4th, 2017
Curator: Mona Filip
Koffler Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

Opening reception: Thursday April 6th, 2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Born in Paris to a Moroccan Muslim family, 2Fik moved to Montréal in 2003. His encounter with the city’s multicultural environment inspired him to examine issues of identity and its socio-political ramifications. Assuming the multiple roles of artistic director, photographer, and performer, the franco-quebecois artiste stages elaborate tableaux that often re-enact familiar compositions derived from famous paintings. Toying with reality, his constructed images destabilize the viewer’s assumed points of reference, playfully orchestrating scenes that comment thoughtfully on current society.

As 2Fik’s first solo show in Toronto, His and Other Stories offers a survey of these recent bodies of work to examine cultural legacies and identity constructs.

A new work, created for this exhibition, reinterprets Benjamin West’s 1770 painting, The Death of General Wolfe, an emblematic example of Canadian history represented through a colonial lens. The original dramatically depicts the General’s fall during the 1759 Battle of Québec, celebrating him as a hero and a symbol of British dominance. Subverting this patriarchal, whitewashing viewpoint, 2Fik’s vibrant characters of mixed genders, ethnicities, and faiths infuse new meaning into this iconic image. Raising irreverent questions, his critical reinterpretation disrupts nationalistic discourses, opening conversation on today’s pluralistic realities. Shot at Honest Ed’s just before its demolition, the photograph recalls this site’s significance to Toronto and its diverse inhabitants, honouring both present and historical loss, mourning across time and cultural dimensions.

2Fik: His and Other Stories is generously supported by the Hal Jackman Foundation.

More information here

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