Staminate phase left and pistillate phase right flowers of Saponaria officinalis. Dima Srouji, Recipe for Happiness, Qattan Foundation, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

As we move away from the sun Online 3D Curatorial Tour


Friday, May 17, 2024, 12:00 pm

In conjunction with As we move away from the sun

Join the curator, Fatma Hendawy, for a 3D tour and discussion of the exhibition. As we move away from the sun explores topics of migration, displacement, and adaptation with a focus on the inextricable connections between human and plant migration. This exhibition invites the audiences to engage with questions of how people can come to resemble plants while adapting to a new country and culture, and how the shift of one's identity can be affected by the rigid integration processes inherited from western colonial systems. The artworks selected for this exhibition interweave the aesthetics of natural materials with the mutation of culture and identity that the artists imply through their creative processes. The exhibition at its core considers how artists utilize natural/organic aesthetic forms that embrace creative metaphors for experiences of adaptation and survival, utilizing research-based methodologies.

Fatma Hendawy is an Egyptian-Canadian curator, based in Toronto. Hendawy graduated in 2020 from the MVS Curatorial program, University of Toronto. Since 2008, Hendawy held different positions at Bibliotheca Alexandrina including Head of Permanent Exhibitions (2010-12). She was the Assistant Curator at AGYU, Toronto (2021-22). Hendawy participated in curatorial workshops and residencies including Tate Intensive 2017, ProHelvetia and ZKU/Berlin. She curated Overt: Militarization as Ideology, 2020 at the Art Museum, Blind Ambition by Hassan Khan film screening at Images Festival 2022, Garden of Broken Shadows, 2023 at Critical Distance Center for Curators, and Art Nest, 2023 at TOAF 62.