Onyeka Igwe + Felix Kalmenson presented by 8-Eleven Gallery
Photo: Dustin Rabin
In the Shadow of the Rainbow In the Shadow of the Rainbow, is a video and intervention project which addresses queerness and incarceration. Acknowledging Warkworth’s identity as a burgeoning queer destination the work attempts to build a solidarity with other marginal populations that share a name and territory. Speaking to the tensions inherent in demarcations of acceptable and unacceptable queerness, the intervention will take the form of propagandist posters that reveal the personal narratives of queer prisoners detained in correctional facilities across Canada. The video work opens a dialogue between the pinkwashed queerness of popular culture and the invisible queerness of carceral Canada.
Felix Kalmenson is a Toronto-based artist with a practice in installation, video and performance. His work is concerned with the mediation of histories and contemporary narratives by political, institutional and corporate bodies and how innovations in the field of communication serve to redefine publicness, sovereignty and power. Kalmenson has exhibited in galleries, museums and artist-run centre in Canada and internationally, most recently at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (Japan), Minsheng Museum of Art (China), and Pari Nadimi Gallery (Canada). He is a board member of 8 Eleven and NoYo International Artist Residency and is represented in Canada by Pari Nadimi Gallery
Onyeka Igwe is an artist & filmmaker from London, currently living and working in Toronto. She came to video from a radical political activist experience, hoping to develop filmmaking practice as a way of doing politics. Onyeka’s work has been screened in festivals and galleries across the UK and Europe. She has been involved in the organisation and running of the LimaZulu gallery and project space.
8 Eleven is an art organization in Toronto, located at 233 Spadina Avenue, Toronto. 8/11 is currently Simon Schlesinger, Sarah Kilpack, Xenia Benivolski, Stephanie Fielding, Sona Safaei-Sooreh, and Brandon A. Dalmer. Advisory Board: Cameron Lee, Felix Kalmenson, Sean Procyk, and Daniel Joyce.