Please join us for a very special Opening Reception, for Lynn Hutchinson Lee’s metanoia on Friday, September 12th, 2014 at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre at 7PM – The artist will be in attendance to speak about her work and answer any questions you may have. Food, Refreshments and a Cash Bar on site. Feel free to RSVP (optional) for the reception via Facebook
metanoia charts the insinuation of social madness into our daily lives and bodies, and registers our gestures of resistance. The project, a series of drawings and paintings, takes its name from ‘the spontaneous attempt of the psyche to heal itself of unbearable conflict by melting down and then being reborn.’ Expanding the phenomenon of madness from the individual to the state, with its apparatus of globalized exploitation, surveillance, and devastation of lands and waters, metanoia is an exploration of outrages.
Some images in this work have been with me since childhood. I came from a left-wing family of artists. There was no privacy: our phone was tapped. I pored over Goya’s Disasters of War and the drawings of Käthe Kollwitz.
At night I dreamt of kidnappings, floods, gutted forests. Throughout my life newer images attached themselves to me, and I gathered them for this project. The inverted landscapes of metanoia, the monstrous foods, defiled lands, rivers of fabric sewn by children, walled compounds where women work under shreds of sky, are in our yards and our bedrooms, in the night shadows of our houses and streets. Digital clocks and recording devices silently mark the passage of this madness, and our response.
– Lynn Hutchinson Lee
About Lynn Hutchinson Lee
Lynn Hutchinson Lee is a multimedia artist living in Toronto and a co-founder of Red Tree and chirikli collectives. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, Latin America and
Chirikli’s sound installation Canada Without Shadows, of which Lynn’s Five Songs for Daddy is a part, has been exhibited at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest Romania; BAK – basis voor aktuelle kunst, Utrecht Netherlands; and Call the Witness at the Roma Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice Italy.
Selected exhibitions include Ololo/ Our natural bodies: mapping and surveillance, and Elemental/ Meditation on Sugar, Privilege, & Acculturation, both site-specific installations with Amanda Hale at Galeria Casa Guayasamin, Havana, Cuba.
Chirikli’s current project in process Musaj te Dzav/I Have to Leave, on forced migration of Roma, takes place in Toronto and Sarajevo.