Collaborations > Sight Unseen: An Un-camouflaging for Guildwood

A collaborative project (2014) with Community Arts Guild Youth Troupe
Commissioned for Restless Precinct, an outdoor exhibition and performance series at Guildwood Park in Scarborough, Ontario
Curated by SUM°: Orev Reena Katz aka Radiodress and Alize Zorlutuna
Assistant Facilitator: Andrea Thring
Performers/Participants: Tomås Cavalheiro-Chin, Dillon Cox, Karis Jones-Pard, Stephanie Kroone and Kaitlynn Rodgers
Final Performance Photos: Katherine Fleitas

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 ongoing series, the ghillie suit is re-positioned in the open air of urban and suburban space. Over the course of 6 weeks, we worked as a group as each participant created their own individual ghillie suit while exploring concepts of visibility and belonging through our relationship and engagements with nature and each other. 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. The Community Arts Guild is an offshoot of Jumblies Theatre. Art making sessions were held at the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre and Guildwood Park. Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for Emerging Artist and Exhibition Assistance grants in support of this work.

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