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Independent Projects

Labour of Love, 2014

Suitable for all ages

Kaitlynn McQueston

Labour of Love

Kaitlynn McQueston - Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada

Video Installation

Viewers are invited to interact with this video installation which disguises itself as ten utility access doors hidden throughout Toronto's urban landscape. The artist uses the physical infrastructure to make pressings on her own skin. A video of each imprint will play when the access door is opened. The viewer will see imprints on the artists skin of the textures of the road, sidewalk, grass, brick, and other exterior surfaces.

This video installation invites the public to take an intimate look at the fabrics of our city. It uses the image of a breathing body to consider the human labour required to build and maintain our city and attempts to lift the veil on the invisible authority of architecture. Participants are invited to contemplate the sociopolitical treatment of parks and streets as well as labour workers in Toronto Parks and Recreation.

Toronto born artist Kaitlynn McQueston has exhibited her work in a number of alternative spaces such as bank vaults, boulevards and alley ways.


Artscape Youngplace

180 Shaw Street (Video screens located on Queen Street West between Niagara Street and Ossington Avenue - along the street, sidewalk and just inside the parks), 250 634-3072

This project is outdoors.