2022 Fall - Fall 2023 Window Box Programming
Cecily Ou & Ella Taylor will be joining WIAprojects as Emerging Curators for the Window Box Gallery at Gallery 1313!
Much thanks to Phil Anderson for supporting this program for graduating OCADU curatorial students.
Cecily Ou is a writer, curator, and independent textile practitioner based in the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations in Tkaronto. Her practice is focused on community-based projects, de-centralized arts production, and the insurgent influence of craft media within cultural institutions. Recent publications are found in The Senses and Society. She is currently finishing her BA at OCAD University, where she is also on the advisory committee of Onsite Gallery.
Ella Taylor is a curator, writer, and artist based in the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations in Tkaronto. Ella’s work engages with pedagogies of place, queer theory, community-based projects, and gardening. Ella curated the online exhibition making with/becoming with (2021) and is currently working as a curatorial researcher alongside Pam Patterson and two graduate students at 113 Research project gallery at OCAD University. Ella is studying at OCADU and is pursuing a BFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice with a minor in Art and Social Change.
Reimagining Urban Spatiality
Within this curatorial project, Cecily and Ella invite emerging curators to respond to the following prompt from Fall 2022 - Spring 2023.
Working with the constraints of the window box space, this project aims to navigate current discussions of — and interventions in, urban space. With the idea of spatial limits in mind, they ask participating curators/artists to reflect on the following questions:
What are the links between the constraints of urban space and the cultural sector? How can/are emerging curators/artists/practitioners approaching these limits to take up space with intentionality, positionality, and care? How do we re-envision and renegotiate our relationship to the limits of the urban landscape and the cultural landscape?
The project will culminate in six unique individual responses and their related programming.
Oct/Nov: Grocery for a Community Curator: Cecily Ou, Artist: Bridgit Lu
December: Exercising Urbanism October Curator: Na'ama Freeman, Artists: Ella Hough & Maya Freemen
All Reimagining Urban Spatiality can be viewed on the Window Box Gallery website designed by Ella Taylor and Cecily Ou at: https://www.windowboxgallery.org/