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STYLL curated by Alyssa FearonLaw of the Land, 2018

Courtesy of John Trang,, 2018

Bishara Elmi - Toronto/Canada, Mogadishu/Somalia
Scarborough Community Members - Scarborough, Canada

As visitors are drawn deeper into the woods, sounds will become both clearer and more confused. Sometimes the voices will take turns, listening to each other. Other times, they will speak over one another, struggling to be heard.

Throughout the woodlot in Scarborough, a recording will play voices reading the Immigration Act of 1976 and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of 2002. To create this work, artist Bishara Elmi invited 11 refugees and immigrants who have settled in Scarborough to record their voices reciting two laws. Law of the Land will explore Canada’s immigration and refugee legislation, which was meant to restrict, limit or regulate conditional access into this country.

White fabric on trees will give the forest a haunted, spiritual element, representing hidden Black histories in North America.

Bishara Elmi is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, educator and public speaker working in visual forms and with numerous materials and creative processes. Elmi is currently residing in Toronto by way of Mogadishu. The artist also works individually and within collectives centering BIPOC youth, women and femme voices and stories, and Elmi has created many spaces for these types of storytelling and skill-sharing to take place.

With assistance from TD Bank Group

Sound Installation


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Frank Faubert Woodlot West Trail

Borough Drive & Borough Approach East

Suitable for all ages

This project is outdoors.