Rasta Pasta: A Group Feast and Discussion

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This is an offsite tour. Meeting point: RED AGO Letters in front of gallery on Dundas Street. Meet at 2:45pm.


Led by Emelie Chhangur


Emelie Chhangur is a first-generation, mixed-raced Torontonian (Guyanese/British) dedicated to fostering the future aesthetics of Toronto through long-term participatory projects that bring individuals and groups with no (perceived) natural affinity together into meaningful relation. Her projects appropriate existing dramaturgical formats—i.e., civic ceremonials or street processions—recasting the characters not usually found at the civic heart of her city. During her tenure as curator, Chhangur has transformed the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) into a socially-responsive and civically-minded gallery through a practice she calls “IN REACH.”


On this ambulatory journey into the heart of Toronto’s Kensington Market we ask: what might performatively constitute the creation of mixed-raced aesthetics? We consider what “elemental” methodologies, frameworks, processes, protocols, ethics and empathies might inform this practice. Then we will feast on the evidentiary trace of Toronto’s mixed cultural heritage at the street-style, storefront, Jamaican-Italian restaurant Rasta Pasta. We posit that the recipe of art making must change if we are to engage in new traditions that give rise to symbols, solidarities, and cultural manifestations that are that are not singularly sought but collectively contaminated.


**Please note this field trip requires that you travel off-site. The restaurant is accessible, but there are no washrooms. No dietary requests.
**Meeting Point TBD