Sight Unseen: An Un-camouflaging for Guildwood
A project for Restless Precinct, an exhibition at Guildwood Park in Toronto, Ontario, 2014
Curated by: Reena Katz and Alize Zorlutuna
Assistant Facilitator: Andrea Thring
Performers/Participants: Tomås Cavalheiro-Chin, Dillon Cox, Karis Jones-Pard, Stephanie Kroone and Kaitlynn Rodgers
The ghillie suit is traditionally used by military snipers and hunters to camouflage the human body, allowing the wearer to blend into landscapes. In this work, the suit is re-positioned in the open air of urban and suburban space. Over the course of 6 weeks, the artist worked with each participant to create their own ghillie suit. Together, we developed a site-specific “un-camouflaging” in Guildwood Park that engaged with the landscape, architectural fragments and bodies that populate and absent the site. Guildwood Park contains over 70 architectural fragments and edifices. Research revealed that the park was once the location of Bytown II, a military training base for radio operators in the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service during World War II. This installation was a gesture towards acknowledging the invisibility of bodies, histories, and contributions at Guildwood Park, including a site-specific work created by Ana Mendieta (location unknown).
The culminating performance took place as part of Restless Precinct's opening events. This project was developed in partnership with the Community Arts Guild
Final Performance Photos: Katherine Fleitas