November 10 – December 3, 2016

Opening: November 10, 2016 8-11 PM

Wed-Sat, 12-5 PM

Co-presented by SAVAC and 8eleven

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ARCHEOLOGICAL APATHY delineates the problematics of empirical study on human material culture and cultural landscapes. Apathy here is not a lack of interest to speculate and study but, rather, posed as a misguided and meandering assessment. Taking 8eleven’s courtyard as a point of departure, Cruz uses the site’s ‘natural’ environment to create the work.

Since migrating to Canada, Cruz’s research and art practice have led him to question identity politics and the negotiation of personal historical narratives as sites of productive artistic engagement. His practice tackles issues of representation, ownership and the notion of an identity as being unfixed and hybridized. Archeological Apathy is particularly concerned with the construction, authentication, and dissemination of culture through experimental scientific procedures and anthropological display. The project offers alternative ways to perceive and interpret culture, whether real or imagined.

Archeological Apathy is Cruz’s first solo show in Toronto.

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PATRICK CRUZ (b.1987) is a Filipino-Canadian multidisciplinary artist. He holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Cruz’s experience migrating from the Philippines to Canada informs his studio practice, prompting him to question notions of displacement, diaspora and the adoption of a new cultural identity. In 2015, Cruz was awarded the first prize at the 17th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Cruz has presented his work across North America, Europe and Asia.

Solo exhibitions include Low class minimalism and the gentrified amateur (2016), Projet Pangeé, Montreal, Canada; Bulaklak ng Paraiso (Flower of paradise) (2016), Centre A, Vancouver, Canada; Goose Egg Sanctuary (2015), Pablo, Taguig, Philippines; Electronic Birthstone (2014), Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver, Canada; Fresh off the boat (2014), Mulitplex, Portland, USA; West coast Maximalist (2013), Sunset Terrace, Vancouver, Canada; Yin Yang Temple (2011), Unit/Pitt, Vancouver, Canada. Group exhibitions include Survival Guide (upcoming, 2017), Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; and something like fire dancing (2016), Susan Hobbs, Toronto, Canada; Auto Feeling (2015), Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, Canada; Material Art Fair (2016), Mexico City, Mexico; Dark Side of the Sun (2013), Art Informal, Mandaluyong, Philippines; Radiation (2014), The Art Center of Chulangkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand; Welcome to Sax Island (2012), Or Gallery Berlin, Berlin, Germany and Collage Drop Outs (2011), Finale Art File, Makati, Philippines.

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Exhibition text by Rudrapriya Rathore.

RUDRAPRIYA RATHORE was born in New Delhi and grew up in Calcutta and Toronto. She holds a joint honours BA in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University and is currently pursuing an MA at U of T. She won the Irving Layton Award for Fiction in 2014 and has work published or forthcoming in the Hart House Review, The Puritan, The Walrus, Minola Review, and elsewhere. A recipient of a SSHRC grant during her graduate studies, she is interested in writing that blurs the lines between genres of prose, poetry, and nonfiction.

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Your civilization suffers a complete collapse: Artist Talks + Conversation

Artists: Patrick Cruz, Alvin Luong

Moderated by Nahed Mansour, SAVAC Program Coordinator

401 Richmond Street West, lobby (1st floor by the entrance)
Date: November 30, 2016
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm

“Your civilization suffers a complete collapse. 17,300 years later, a young man stumbles into a cavity full of paintings just below in the ground, in his backyard. They are undamaged in this bubble of darkness. One of the paintings is yours. What does it say about your mind?”

From Archeological Apathy exhibition text written by Rudrapriya Rathore

Patrick Cruz and Alvin Luong will present 10 minute artist talks about their most recent works. Following their talks, a moderated conversation will explore the ways in which they re-interpreted common notions of Western culture, history, and art. Working in sculpture, video, performance, and installation, Cruz and Luong use found objects and images to critically investigate notions of authenticity in their practice.

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ALVIN LUONG (b.1993) is an emerging artist from Toronto. Luong works with lens-based media and performance to consider how documentations and instructions are created and how they can be interpreted. Luong has exhibited in group exhibitions at Gallery 44 and Trinity Square Video, and exhibited commissioned works at Trinity Square Video. He has performed and lectured at Blackwood Gallery. Upcoming exhibitions include a collaborative film project at Y+ Contemporary in April 2017, and a solo project at PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts in June 2017. He holds honours BA from the University of Toronto in Visual Studies.

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Thursday December 8, 2016
Doors 7:30 pm ~ Screening 8:00 pm

8eleven Gallery
233 Spadina Ave.


Space is limited and seats will be first-come, first-served.

Artist talk to follow the screening.

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LUMAPIT SA AKIN, PARAISO (COME TO ME PARADISE) is a science fiction documentary by Stephanie Comilang that uses the backdrop of Hong Kong and the various ways in which the Filipina migrant worker occupies Central on Sundays. The film is narrated from the perspective of Paraiso, a ghost played by a drone who speaks of the isolation from being uprooted and thrown into a new place. Paraiso’s reprieve comes when she is finally able to interact with the women and feel her purpose, which is to transmit their vlogs, photos, and messages back home. During the week she is forced back into isolation and is left in an existential rut.

The film uses Hong Kong’s dystopian maze like structures that the Filipina migrants re-imagine and focuses on the beauty of care-giving but also explores how technology is used as a pivotal way for the women to connect – to each other but also to loved ones. Raising questions around modern isolation, economic migration and the role of public space in both urban and digital forms, the film transcends its various component parts to offer a startling commentary on the present, from the point of view of the future.

See the trailer here:

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is a Filipina-Canadian artist living and working in Toronto and Berlin. Her documentary based work looks at the cultural and social factors that shape an environment. She studied fine art at the Ontario College of Art & Design. Recent screenings and exhibitions include Asia Art Archive in America in New York and S.A.L.T.S in Basel. She has upcoming exhibitions as part of DGTL FMNSM in Dresden, Germany, in Montreal at Dazibao and at Artspeak in Vancouver.

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