Tau Lewis and Curtis Santiago’s exhibition, Through the people we are looking at ourselves, was featured in the Toronto Star.
Tau Lewis and Curtis Santiago explore their Black Canadian identity at Cooper Cole
Tau Lewis and Curtis Santiago, Through the People We Are Looking at Ourselves: A title that sounds more like an album than an exhibition is only fitting for a pair of Toronto-based artists who are nipping suddenly at rock-star status, and that’s exactly what Lewis and Santiago are. Lewis, a sculptor of big ungainly works cobbled from fragments of scavenged junk, and Santiago, a.k.a. Talwst, best known as a maker of intensely fine palm-sized installations in jewel boxes of such things as the strangulation death of Eric Garner at the hands of New York City police, would seem to have little in common. But they unite in their deep concern over Black Canadian identity (both are of Caribbean heritage) and how easily subsumed it is in the broader national narrative. As a bonus, those accustomed to Talwst’s tiny worlds are in for a surprise.
At Cooper Cole Gallery, 1134 Dupont St, until Aug. 26.
– Murray White
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