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You Cannot Kill What Is Already Dead

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A dead pigeon with its shadow alive, 2012 © Courtesy of the artist and Doris McCarthy Gallery
You Cannot Kill What Is Already Dead
Curated by: Suzanne Carte

University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4
Canada
October 31st, 2013 - January 19th, 2014
Opening: October 30th, 2013 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~dmg/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Other
EMAIL:  
dmg@utsc.utoronto.ca
PHONE:  
416.287.7007
OPEN HOURS:  
Mon-Tue,Thu 11-4; Wed 11-8; Sat 12-5
TAGS:  
Embroidery, socialmedia, collage, video-art, sculpture, installation

DESCRIPTION

You Cannot Kill What Is Already Dead features works that are based on the apocalyptic and the undead – while the artists’ approaches may sometimes be humorous, the works are rooted in dread and panic.

Of particular focus within the exhibition is an exploration of the zombie phenomenon, a fascination understood to be based on the way zombies speak to wider social, cultural and political anxieties. The undead are the perfect metaphoric framing device to critique everything from capitalist structures to racism to gender-based politics. They provide a visceral form onto which anything that evokes de-individualization on an epidemic scale can be projected, rallying against compliancy by illustrating the abjectness of conformity. At the same time, zombies represent an outlet for apocalypse-based fear. Terrorist attacks, disease outbreaks and threats of nuclear war have spawned real concerns. Zombie narratives resonate not only with their depiction of chaos and terror, but also in the way they address survival and humanism.

Through their works – presented in a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, embroidery, video, collage, drawing and social media – the artists in You Cannot Kill What Is Already Dead examine these wider issues as they create their own accounts of an uncertain present or a frightful future.