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2017 University of Toronto MVS Studio Program Graduating Exhibition

Works by:

Evan Tyler, Sona Safaei-Sooreh, Léa Grantham, and Sandra Brewster

2017 University of Toronto MVS Studio Program Graduating Exhibition

March 24–April 15, 2017

University of Toronto Art Centre

The Art Museum at the University of Toronto is pleased to exhibit the graduating projects of the 2017 Master of Visual Studies graduate students Evan Tyler, Sona Safaei-Sooreh, Léa Grantham, and Sandra Brewster.

Sona Safaei-Sooreh is an Iranian–born artist based in Toronto. She holds a BSc from Azad University and a BFA from OCAD University. Her practice is concept-driven and in many instances, it positions itself in literary theory, political economy and institutional critique discourses. Safaei-Sooreh is recipient of Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate scholarship issued by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Sandra Brewster is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. Her recent installation, A Trace | Existence of time past, uses metaphor, materiality, and storytelling to reflect on the transition of home, using her family’s migration from Guyana to Toronto as inspiration. Brewster has exhibited nationally and abroad, engaging many themes that grapple with notions of identity, representation, and memory as a way of invoking the presence of Black communities in Canada.

Evan Tyler is an artist, musician, occasional curator, and a writer of fiction who is based out of Toronto, Canada. Tyler has exhibited and curated both nationally and internationally. His artwork focuses on the voice and performance, blending the fictional and autobiographical. This synthesis most often produces tragicomical characters/personas who act out stories of desire, addiction, excess, vulnerability, and anxiety.

Léa Grantham is a visual artist currently residing in Toronto. Her latest installation piece deals with the notion of what defines normality. Using 3D printing, face mapping, and video, the artist questions the role of institutions in the subjectivation of the individual. Léa graduated in 2015 with a BFA in Photography from Concordia University in Montreal.

This exhibition is produced as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Visual Studies at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.

Opening Reception

Friday March 24, 2017, 6-8pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council, with additional project support from The Valerie Jean Griffiths Student Exhibitions Fund in Memory of William, Elva and Elizabeth, along with Manulife, TD Insurance, and MBNA.


Title Image:Léa Grantham, Face mapping of human basic emotions (Surprise), 2016. digital file, 20″x 20″.

Page Image: Sona Safaei-Sooreh, Copper joints, made in Iran, 2017. Installation.

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