“A touch of before, now and then.” is the moment when briefly you glimpse a smell, a touch, a sound and an image which all together remind you of the taste of a memory. Is it an empty place, a lonesome one? Is it a crowded gathering or an abandoned village? Or maybe it’s the dunes that have taken over a myth? Exhibited in dialogue, three works by artists Mivan Makia, Qiuli Wu and soJin Chun exchange with one another to the sound of a breeze, of a process, of a cleanse and a reviving.
Presented as CFMDC’s first installation, “A touch of before, now and then.” invites you to come, sit, breathe, and listen; at your own pace, on your own time and somewhere between all of us, between the diasporas, the here and the there, the knowing and not knowing, you can create your own sense of process and of the ways in which landscapes are traces.
Abandoned by soJin Chun
Red Tunnel by Qiuli Wu
Processing…Cleaning…Refreshing… by Mivan Makia
Curated by Franci Duran & Nada El-Omari
A zine will be available for pickup on site featuring interviews with each artist.
Installation runs between June 22nd and 27th (also available online here on cfmdc.tv)
CFMDC: 1411 Dufferin St Unit D, Toronto, ON M6H 4C7
Hours: 10am — 6pm weekdays, noon — 5pm Sat & Sun
A touch of before, now and then
About the Artists
soJin Chun is a Toronto-based artist/curator/facilitator that explores the alternative dialogues that emerge in-between cultures and disciplines. With a focus on collaboration, her work unpacks identities and narratives that exist outside of dominant representations. soJin's diverse art practice has been informed by her personal experience living in the Korean diaspora in Bolivia and Canada. Through International artist residencies, soJin has developed a collaborative art practice working with local communities to resist stereotypes, gentrification and displacement. Chun has participated in international film festivals such as the Oberhausen International Film Festival (2020). She has exhibited Internationally in DIY art spaces, galleries and museums. In 2021, she participated in a group exhibition titled, Bop, Art & Labour at Alternative Artspace Ipo in Seoul, Korea. soJin’s video works are represented by GIV (Montreal), CFMDC (Toronto) and V-Tape (Toronto). Chun has a B.A. in Applied Arts from Toronto Metropolitan University and a Masters in Communications and Culture from Toronto Metropolitan/York Universities. She is currently a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor at the OCAD University in Toronto.
Mivan Makia is an Iraqi-Kurdish filmmaker, documentary photographer, and researcher living and working between Canada and the United Arab Emirates. Interested in self-portraiture and middle eastern cultural expression, the process in both her independent and commissioned work rely on research, experimentation and interdisciplinary studies. Using a practice that links identity and space, her work is concerned with the ever fluctuating perspective of being a transient body.
She holds a BFA in Film Production and has six years of experience in the film industry, both independent and commercial. Makia has exhibited her work in shows as well as screenings internationally including Canada, USA, England, France, and the UAE.