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STYLL curated by Alyssa FearonEverything I Wanted to Tell You, 2018


Hiba Abdallah - Windsor, Canada
Scarborough Community Members - Scarborough, Canada

What are the untold stories, secrets and conversations about places you think you know? EVERTHING I WANTED TO TELL YOU captures complex narratives of Scarborough’s diversity, nuance and resilience.

During the day, the Scarborough Civic Centre is used as a government building where constituents are counted and categorized. For one night on Nuit Blanche, Hiba Abdallah will use the building to explore deeply personal stories of Scarborough residents: their enthusiasms, anxieties and histories. The stories will be displayed as a large-scale text installation projected directly onto the 90-foot facade of the building.

The collection of messages was gathered through workshops with an intergenerational group of 11 Scarborough residents. The group visited lesser-known historical sites in Scarborough and several organizations that are part of the backbone of the community’s cultural scene.

The full collection of stories will be at the Doris McCarthy Gallery as part of an extended look at Scarborough in the exhibition It Can Only Be This Place, works by Hiba Abdallah with Steven Beckly, Alyssa Bistonath and Patrick Cruz (September 4 – November 3, 2018).

This project was made in collaboration with members of the Scarborough community: Sofia Habib, Timothy Hunter, Noor Khan, Pamila Matharu, Joy Smith, Etta Snipe, Helen Su, Zahra Tootonsa, Trevor Twells, Islin Waite and Deshaun Whyte.

Hiba Abdallah is a text-based artist who often works in collaboration with others to develop public installations, projects and exhibitions about collective narratives of place. Abdallah’s work cultivates a playful yet reverent sense of community and fosters the public imagination.

With assistance from TD Bank Group



STYLL We All Have Stories The things they carried Major Institutions Independent Projects Experiential Activations Event Centre

Albert Campbell Square

150 Borough Drive

Suitable for all ages

In partnership with Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough

In association with Culture Days

This project is outdoors.