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The things they carried curated by Tairone BastienMirrors of Babel - Lawrence East Station - Universal Language, 2018

Universal Language, 2016
Photo: Clandestinos

Shalak Attack - Toronto, Canada

Across buildings and alleyways, graffiti has been an integral part of Toronto’s urban landscape since the 1980s. It’s a rich visual language that developed on the edge of mainstream society, despite being criminalized. Today, graffiti artists are valued as important voices in the discourse around public art. They have, since the beginning, struggled to give voice to their ideas, telling stories through their work, about themselves and their communities.

The Scarborough RT Line is an important site for graffiti artists, whose works, some dating back years, are seen on numerous buildings, underpasses and train cars along its path. As part of eL Seed’s multi-part installation, Mirrors of Babel, five well-known Toronto graffiti artists will create site-specific works inspired by the Tower of Babel story in stations along the SRT. These five works guide you on a journey to Scarborough, a shared story told from different points of view.

Shalak Attack presents Universal Language at Lawrence East Station. “This is the story of one woman’s journey across a divided land and her will to overcome the borders that surround her,” says Shalak. “The land she travels on is the body of a giant double-headed bear... that tells her to keep on her journey and that Nature will show her the way.”

Shalak Attack is a Canadian-Chilean artist dedicated to painting, muralism and spray paint urban art. Shalak has participated in numerous artistic projects and exhibitions around the world. She is a co-founder and co-director of the international art collectives Clandestinos, Bruxas and Essencia Art Collective. Shalak fuses the spirit of South American muralism with contemporary street art, forming a unique style that inhabits the realm of psychedelic magical realism.



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Lawrence East Station

2444 Lawrence Avenue East

Suitable for all ages

This project will be available for extended viewing until October 8th.

This project is indoors.