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The things they carried curated by Tairone BastienOn Flashing Lights, 2018

Free Fall 49, 2017
Photo: Sarah Waldorf and Tristan Bravinder. Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Brendan Fernandes - Nairobi, Kenya / Toronto, Canada / Chicago, USA

On Flashing Lights is a light and sound installation by Canadian artist Brendan Fernandes. A barricade of police vehicles will line Bay Street, opening space around a central stage. Throughout the evening, DJs from Toronto’s queer, immigrant and racialized communities will perform music in an uneasy relationship with the lights of police cars, signalling the historic tension between these groups.

The audience is invited to participate in the performance through dance, an expression of solidarity and community in the heart of the city. This work builds on Fernandes’ ongoing investigations of queer bodies and dance as an act of resistance. Once every hour, the music will stop, inviting a moment of silence and contemplation of lives that have been lost on dance floors in recent years. For many people, especially those in queer and racialized communities, the dance floor can be both a sanctuary and a space of anxiety. The music and lights are prompts to move and to reflect. Is this an emergency or a rave? What constitutes a “safe” space in Toronto, and for whom?

DJs will play from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. as follows:

Nino Brown 7 to 8 p.m.
Maneesh Bidaye 8 to 9 p.m.
Bambii 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Karsten Sollors 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Soundscape by Karsten Sollors 12 a.m. to 7 a.m

A break of silence every 49 minutes to honour the the victims of the Pulse Orlando shooting; queer victims of violence past and present; and those who continue to fight for and create space for queer being today.

Brendan Fernandes (b. 1979, Nairobi, Kenya) is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum (2007), earned his MFA from the University of Western Ontario (2005) and his BFA from York University (2002). Fernandes has exhibited widely, including exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum (New York), MoMA (New York), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles) and the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa).



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Bay Street & Richmond Street West (Project extends along Bay Street from Richmond Street West to Adelaide Street West)

Suitable for all ages

This project is outdoors.