Curated by Louise Déry
Organized and circulated by Galerie de l'UQAM
In the multi-channel video installation 'The Slave's Lament', Fagen filmed Ghetto Priest and the Scottish Ensemble in close-up, then divided the temporal sequence into pieces that he recomposed into an epic-style ode to identity that can be inherited, stolen, or assumed. The camera scrutinizes the gazes and gestures, lingering over certain details as if to track down a potential for authenticity and identity to be safeguarded and shared. The work of these long-time collaborators prompts further discussion about cultural remixing, allyship, and appropriation. The installation is accompanied by a set of photographs of the Atlantic Ocean from opposing perspectives, suggesting exile and loss through the passage of space and time, as well as acknowledgement of connection. A series of blind drawings of the artist’s teeth investigate representations of identity and consciousness.
This exhibition is supported by the Toronto Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, British Council and U of T's Affinity Partner Manulife. Additional support provided by Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Creative Scotland, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, and University of Dundee.