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The CommUNITY Cultivation Collection

Artists participating in this Cohort.

About the Curator

Guest curator, Ola Mazzuca, is the founder of Sonic Fold, a creative consultation platform founded on collaboration, diversity and the intention to cultivate meaningful connections within communities – locally and globally – through audible expression and media production. In tandem, she is the host and producer of The Fold Podcast, engaging listeners with an array of innovative, progressive changemakers from Toronto and around the world, sharing what commUNITY means to them. With language and design in her DNA, storytelling as her foundation, creativity in her soul and music as her vocation, Ola believes art is advocacy. She is a multimedia journalist, music publicist, podcast producer, operations manager and selectress. Make Room is a friend of Sonic Fold and guest on the podcast, and Ola is honoured to curate this collection.

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It represents a women’s suffering. In today’s world , women face all kinds of challenges such as abuse, neglect and injustice . My painting is meant to dive into the deepest emotions such as the lack of basic human rights . Women have the enormous task of carrying heavy weight on their shoulders, let alone scars which are invisible to many .We want to survive we don’t want to be victims.
My name is Matila Mougoui. My art pieces reflect my humble way of communicating with things that reflect my emotions. My paintings come from our daily journey with a sense of hope to interpret the world in my own way. While looking at my artwork, I hope people are seeing different perspectives of life . My main goal in every art piece is to help people with mental illnesses and that is the ultimate blessing.
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Mother Nature is strong, care-free, rebellious and will abide by the schedule she chooses for the sake of her children. She’s suffered for them not realizing their love heals her. I stand with Mother Nature for she represents time and nurture. I stand with the mothers because aside from them, who else has taught you to care? Who else will teach you to love?
As a good vibes explorer, I strive to capture life's most precious moments, one frame at a time.
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It became evident the repressed was much bigger than what was being set free, and my only alternative was finding something to help me release. The image of the teardrop came to my rescue. The tear rolls down our cheeks with the power of a thousand oceans. It is ready to help us see beyond the surface of the emotional and into the profound message laying at the bottom of the waters.
I am a Colombian artist based in Toronto. In my work, I use acrylic paint and have quite recently been adding a combination of modelling paste and paper on canvas, exploring mixed media art. I tap into surrealism as a means to express glimmers of my dreams, lived experiences, and the queries of my heart. By placing fibres of my soul in my creations, I connect with the power behind unapologetically feeling every emotion and healing through art.
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This video illustrates the inherent ways in which women and femmes navigate public spaces. Because the built environment was not designed with them in mind, women and femmes have created their own navigation system led by intuition. Everyday objects are appropriated as safety tools to facilitate movement through city spaces.
The [204] Design Collective is a POC and women led design studio founded by Saira Abdulrehman, Sameera Abdulrehman, Cait Brock and Gabriela Perezanta. We challenge and expose inequality in the built environment, amplify the voices of marginalized communities, and explore alternative forms of practicing Architecture to establish a more accessible and diverse profession. Our interdisciplinary team explores these ideas through placemaking, community consultation, and digital media.
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Images 1-3 Adé is a photographic essay that highlights the crown (Adé) of the Orisha's (Gods) of the African Pantheon. The series celebrates the womxn of the African diaspora by showcasing an unwavering gaze of resiliency. Images 4 &5 Rise of the Ancient Filipina - This Photography series illustrates the fashion of Early 1900 gender disparities and the birth of feminism in the Philippines.
Destinie Adelakun is a contemporary multi-disciplinary award winning artist, her work extends from mixed - media, painting, photography to film and sculpture; that explore topics ranging from African history, mythology, and spirituality. Her goal as an artist is to empower and celebrate women of color, through re-writing various mythological events, and explore the imagery of feminine taboos caught within patriarchal societies.
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These five photographs are moments in time which are meant to celebrate the beauty and power of young girls interacting with the world. Their father has invited them to join him in sharing his love for vinyl records. These girls have accepted this offer because they are open to all forms of discovery and magic. Records With My Daughters is about the joy these girls bring to the world.
Joseph Galiwango is an artist based in Toronto. As an educator, artist, father, vinyl curator, and DJ, he creates content, curriculum, art, and music for the purpose of taking his community on a journey to new horizons. The Records With My Daughters Photo Series has been designed to inspire joy and change through the experience of two young girls learning to enjoy records and Djing with their family. This exhibit is the latest manifestation of the Records With My Daughters Experience.
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This is an ongoing collection of oil on canvas works that reflect romanticism within the transient moments of our lives. Regardless of your walk of life, where you've come from or where you are going, these little moments are what bring us together. They are the reasons for why we do, what we do.
Anisha Kumar's work explores the ideas of quixotism and romanticism within the minutiae of life and relationships. Her candid perspectives allow audiences to catch glimpses of what feels to be "a private moment" that was not meant to be seen. She is currently experimenting with integrating technology with traditional art mediums to create a new form of visual storytelling. Inspired by music, film and her general theories of love, Anisha's art is a rebellion against complacency and the ordinary.
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Let the harmony and colors bring shine to your life!
Jason Balducci is a contemporary figurative painter who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Originally from Italy, his colorful paintings pay homage to his memories. His distinctive personal style emanates energy and spontaneity and expresses the vibrant spirit and atmosphere of the expressionist movement.
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This series entitled EVERYWOMAN is meant to evoke a sense of the possible. The woman depicted is veiled, her features indistinguishable to signify that she represents all. Fabric entangles her, taking on the shape of her body as a symbol of the limitations societies project onto women globally. Through portrait and poetry, viewers are encouraged to contemplate their own pursuit of liberation.
LIZ LOKRE is a Toronto-based singer, writer, instrumentalist, and transmuter of emotion into sonic and visual expression. Her mixed Trinidadian/Irish heritage has always lent itself to a sense of 'otherness' that she often grapples with through her art and activism. LIZ draws most of her inspiration from a rich lineage of women that paved the way in the arts before her. As she carries the torch forward, she hopes to connect with audiences around themes of origin and belonging.
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1) Venus in her new Reality - Collage exploring womxn's adaptation to our ever changing environments. 2) Green Roots - Frame- by- Frame animation of green roots of divinity and prosperity from the motherland (Puerto Rico). Reflecting on who I am and celebrating how far I've come.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Canada, Cristal Buemi is a multimedia artist. While multidisciplinary by nature, (animation, video, photography, collage and digital design), her work pushes frame-by-frame boundaries by exploring the materiality and inherent beauty found in the minutia. Both her collaborative and individual works have been exhibited worldwide.
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A self portrait of feeling lost, and maybe knowing its okay.
Nevita is a Scarborough-based multidisciplinary artist. Mainly creating works in the medium of abstract paintings and drawings, she also explores film, photography, writing, sculpture and more. Graduating from OCAD University's Cross Disciplinary: Life Studies program and minoring in Drawing and Painting, Nevita has made it her goal to explore creative expression in any medium that sparks curiosity and joy.
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The first image is an iconographic composite photograph that depicts the unfolding story of humanity as we enter the third decade of the 21st century. The dominant patriarchy systems of our culture - that treat nature as an externality - are crumbling and a new system, that includes women, is emerging. The second image is a portrait of an emerging Canadian musician.
I was born and raised in Kenya and I have a deep love for nature and its beauty. As a species, we are at a critical point in our evolution and if we are to survive, we must see ourselves as part of nature and not separate from it. Nina Simone said, “An artist’s duty is to reflect the times”. I want to use my artistic abilities and photography as a platform to create beautiful images to draw attention and stimulate engagement regarding the important issues of our time.
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"Raise your hand if you need a lifeline," reads my palm. In this poster, I choose to challenge the notion that women are incapable of asking for help before things spiral out of control. I choose to challenge the expectation that strong women will never show signs of weakness. I choose to share vulnerability and challenge the presumption of weakness.
SABRE is my personified mantra to live patiently in my artful expression. I hail from the Southern California coastline where the vibrant intersection of Mexican culture influenced my young mind. I spent my formative years traveling all over the United States playing football, el hermoso juego, the beautiful game. On long trips, my mind expanded through music as digital libraries brought me close to cultures I had only read about in books. Now, I make music from my experiences for the world.
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Pastels on pastelmat paper 50x70 cm & Pastels on pastelmat paper 30x40 cm
Jessica is a Mexican-Canadian self-taught artist who works in pastels and, more recently, oils. From a young age the subjects of her paintings have reflected her passion for nature and wildlife. She aims to explore bursts of colour against the powerful contrast of light and dark in her work. “To me, these elements reflect the wonder, beauty and chaos of the natural world”.