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Monument to the Century of Revolutions curated by Nato ThompsonDomesticate Me, 2017

Domesticate Me, 2017

Ashley McKenzie-Barnes - Toronto , Canada
Merna - Toronto , Canada

“You can have it all” is a newer idea society has begun to adopt when it comes to women, childcare, and careers. It is a valid and true idea, however still a difficult one to achieve with domestic labor (i.e. housework, child rearing) not being recognized with wages, a notion considered to be the beginning of the oppression of women by Marxist feminists.

This brings us to reproduction. The female body is capable of the greatest miracle,  childbirth. During this time of pregnancy and child rearing, women naturally take a break from the workforce,  leaving them financially vulnerable. Laws do not always support subsidized wages during this time. If one is not afforded maternity leave pay, a dim reality may come to be.

“Domesticate Me” will re-tell the story of the capabilities of women by focusing on the importance of domestic labor and reimagining them in a visual language not often portrayed by mass media and society. We place the viewer in the space most often associated with domestic duties: the kitchen. It will not be an ordinary kitchen, however.

Throughout Ashley McKenzie-Barnes' 14 years of experience, she has acted as Creative Director of the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Art Director at Virgin Radio, worked with CBC and BellMedia.­ Ashley has curated over 20 exhibits and her art has been showcased at the ROM and Glenn Gould Studios.

A multi-disciplinary artist, Merna has released 4 albums and collaborated with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Doc McKinney and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Her newest self-produced EP, "sans" a sound design installation is supported by Factor, MUCHFact, OAC.

Interactive Installation


Century of Revolutions Taking to the Streets Life on Neebahgeezis Calculating the Unforeseen Independent Projects Major Institutions Event Centre

Nathan Phillips Square

100 Queen Street West

Suitable for all ages

Thank you to National Fire Equipment, Aurora and Jennifer Morden for Production Design.

This project is both indoors and outdoors.