PLACE(MEANT) is a public exhibition in a century old private home curated by Gelareh Saadatpajouh with artist in-residence Lauren Runions.
When does a space becomes a place? What is our relationship with private and public places in our everyday life? What are the ways to blur the boundary between the two in our ever changing cities? How are our daily routines shape our sense of place? How do we move from one place to the other in response to varying conditions of daylight, night time and activity within the spaces we occupy throughout the day?
The place becomes a definition for the space. Placement is the activity. With every placement/alteration which occurs new meaning is suggested. In turn, this meaning suggests further placement. Placement of ourselves within a space, placement of objects within the same space.
During the 24 hour artist residency –Dawn-to-Dawn– Lauren Runions explored “placement” inside the house, while Gelareh Saadatpajouh wandered the surrounding streets. They established a form of connection -a silent language- between inside and outside through a series of photo and video documentation, live streaming, text, drawings, tastes, sound recordings and olfactory discoveries.
DAWN-TO-DAWN residency provides an alternative platform to inspire creatives who explore contemporary concerns in the realm of people and places while facing commercial, and technical pressures in their field. It is also an immediate response to ever decreasing affordable spaces for artists to get inspired and experiment with everyday life scenarios.
Abbott Ave, Toronto ON
January 25th 2019
Photography by Polina Teif