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The things they carried curated by Tairone BastienMirrors of Babel - Kennedy Station - little g, 2018

Dome, 2016
Photo: @soteeoh

Javid Jah - 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 increasingly 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.

little g by Javid Jah is at Kennedy Station. Jah views this story in the context of Toronto as a narrative of humans versus themselves. “The current and future generations seem to be in greater conflict with their perceptions of self as opposed to a Creator,” says Jah. “Today the city is a micro-universe of individual gods.”

Javid Jah is a street artist and an emerging designer based in Toronto. Developing a studio with projects migrating between public art murals and contemporary architecture, Jah’s practice explores how marginal identities (such as graffiti and Islam) impact spatial design. Much of this effort has been manifested in commissioned projects for Muslim communities, including the dome of Madinah Masjid on Danforth Avenue. Currently, Jah is experimenting with space-making via modified shipping containers for public and private use.

Installation

Legend

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Kennedy Station

2455 Eglinton Avenue East

Suitable for all ages

This project is indoors.