Camilla Singh, Nothing Is Ever Enough, 2018, photo by Walter Willems

Nothing Is Ever Enough

Camilla Singh
MAIN GALLERY
Exhibition runs January 26 2018 - March 10 2018
Reception: January 26 2018: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Essay by: Christina Rousseau
Performance at the Opening Reception at 6:30 Sharp

A woman’s body has never been political. A woman’s body has never been powerful. A woman’s body is a distraction. A woman’s body belongs to everyone. There is no value inherent in this work. It is invisible and it is expected. It isn’t work.  

Nothing Is Ever Enough is an installation that references a domestic space and illuminates the ways it is inherently a work space. This compels us to think about the tenuous boundaries that exist between physical and emotional work as well as between our work lives and private lives. This solo exhibition at A Space Gallery is personal and emotional, and positions the gendered body as one poised for failure and scrutiny.

 

Camilla Singh’s new installation continues forth from her broader practice in which work is seen as a dominant force in people’s lives, playing a leading role in shaping modes of conduct and behavior. It extends into thinking about emotional and physical work as well as injury and recovery in both a work and home context. How are we defined by professionalism or its absence, and the historical exclusion of women’s intellect, experience and voices in devising the systems we inhabit?

BIOGRAPHIES
Camilla Singh is a curator and multi-disciplinary artist whose practice includes installation, sculpture, drawing, photo and audio-based work, as well as performance, movement and collaboration. She is one half of the band MORTIFIED with dancer/choreographer Jenn Goodwin. Singh is the former Assistant Director/Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (2002 - 09) and holds an MFA in Contemporary Studio Practice from the Dutch Art Institute in the Netherlands. She serves on the External Advisory Committee for Nuit Blanche in Toronto. She currently lives in Abu Dhabi.
Christina Rousseau is a Toronto-based researcher and educator. Rousseau earned her doctorate in Humanities from York University, writing about social reproduction and emotional labour through a historical examination of the Wages for Housework movement. She has published texts on the gendered and racialized structure of social reproduction in the academic journals Gender, Work and Organization and Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, and Social Justice. In addition to her work as a researcher and educator, Rousseau is engaged in work and community activism aimed at addressing poverty from a social justice perspective.

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