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Foraged, ain't free: A solo exhibition by Tau Lewis

foraged, ain't free
A solo exhibition by Tau Lewis
October 13 -23, 2016

'foraged, ain't free' showcases a series of mixed-media sculptures created over a two-month period by Tau Lewis. The artist combines found materials, plants, stones and remnants of her sculpting practice to create portraits of black peer artists. Lewis' new work interrogates the dissociation between black bodies and nature, and the erasure of that relationship from urban black identities. In doing so, she also examines the appropriation of black bodies and culture. 

Tau Lewis is a 22-year-old self-taught sculptor and mixed-media artist. Lewis’ sculptures are infused with by-products (recycled material, personal items/ likeness), to construct a political image. Lewis uses natural, plant based and synthetic materials to simulate living things. In doing so, she creates life-like sculptures that examine the political boundaries of nature, identity and authenticity. Her work is bodily and organic, with an explicit strangeness and subtle morbidity.

Thematically, Lewis's work carries strong feminist themes, she also examines black beauty, identity politics and African diaspora. Her most recent work interrogates the appropriation of urban black bodies and landscapes. 

Tau Lewis is a Jamaican-Canadian artist currently living and working in Toronto, Ontario.



Opening Reception
Thursday, October 13th
6-11 PM
Studio 223A (223A Augusta Ave)

'foraged, ain't free' will run from October 13 -23rd and gallery hours are by appointment. Studio 223A has one gender-neutral washroom. We regret to inform that we are not wheelchair accessible. Please email with any accessibility concerns. 

------------------------------------------------------------------------ x The Pendulum Project present: City Limits

City Limits is a panel discussion exploring the role that the social and physical landscape of an urban area plays in exacerbating the disenfranchisement, social separation and oppression of black communities. Conversely, through this discussion we are also looking to highlight and expand upon the ways in which communities can be brought together and uplifted by conscious efforts to reverse these processes. Featuring speakers: Karimah Gheddai, Tau Lewis and Lisa Smart. 

Wednesday, October 19th
7-9 PM
Xpace Cultural Centre (2-303 Lansdowne Ave, on Lansdowne Ave & Dundas St. West)
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Performance Evening curated by Tau Lewis

An intimate evening of dance and performance curated by Tau Lewis. Featuring work by: Kiera Boult, Jazmine VK Carr, Danièle Dennis, Erika De Freitas and Jazmyn Fyffe.

Date: Thursday, October 20th
Time: 7-9 PM
Venue: Xpace Cultural Centre (2-303 Lansdowne Ave, on Lansdowne Ave & Dundas St. West)
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The Pendulum Project is a year-long grassroots organization with a mission to collaboratively manifest the talent of aspiring art professionals through a multidisciplinary investigation of themes pertaining to migration, marginalization and identity. 



Earlier Event: October 8
Women Rock Fest 2016
Later Event: October 14
Tessar Lo - BOX