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Artscape Youngplace and Critical Distance Centre for Curators hosts DesignTO’s Dying.exhibits

We all die, so why aren’t we talking about it? Taboo Health and the Health Design Studio at OCAD University are pleased to present Dying.exhibits: an exhibition series on end-of-life running during the DesignTO festival in January. Inviting participants to think about their relationship with life and death as a process, while encouraging heart-level conversations about complex and difficult topics, the exhibition gets comfortable with the uncomfortable, exploring death through the lens of art and design.

The exhibition will run from January 15 to January 31, 2020, and span the third-floor hallway gallery of Artscape Youngplace while a satellite exhibition, Dying.ruins, featuring the work of Toronto-based artist HollyJo, will run concurrently at Critical Distance Centre for Curators, also on the third floor of Artscape Youngplace.

Artscape Youngplace Critical Distance Centre for CuratorsThe Wisdom of Ruins is the satellite DesignTO exhibition by Toronto-artist HollyJo at the Critical Distance Centre for Curators. 

Tackling themes of death and dying, evocative objects and memory, caregiving, trauma and illness through cross-disciplinary approaches, artists and designers featured in the show include: Brileigh Hardcastle, Clara Laratta, David Constantino Salazar, Elyse-Krista Mische, Fiona Annis, Karen Oikonen, Kate Hale Wilkes, Sarina Isenberg, Kathy Porter, Laura Kay Keeling, Lydia Haywood-Munn, Max Suillerot and Mia Cinelli.

The exhibitions are wheelchair accessible, and open from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm daily.

Dying.exhibits will hold a public, ticketed opening reception on January 17, 2020, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, featuring an exclusive artist talk by Mia Cinelli, Assistant Professor of Art Studio and Digital Design at the University of Kentucky.

About Taboo Health:
Taboo Health is a non-profit collective of health educators, designers, academics and creatives. We strive to explore complex, emotionally and socially challenging topics in health by using research to inspire and engage with our audiences.

By providing platforms for these difficult topics and tools for facilitating conversations around them, we create necessary dialogue in our community through the lens of art and design.

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