AFK | Exhibitions

Leakier Gardens

Erin Johnson, Gabi Dao, Véronique Sunatori, Yuula Benivolski, Zaina Bseiso
Curated By: Jaclyn Quaresma
June 28, 2023
July 28, 2023
Gallery Hours

Mon- Fri

11AM - 5PM


12 - 4PM

Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space

Suite 440 401 Richmond St West Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

Street level entrance, ramp, elevator, automatic doors, door width 34”. Gender neutral accessible (32”+) washrooms, stall, no automatic door. No accessible parking on site.  To access Bachir/Yerex, use either the stairs or elevator to the 4th floor.

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COVID-19 Policy

Images Festival is committed to providing an accessible festival and continues to work to reduce barriers to participation at our events. This year, we are implementing a COVID-19 policy to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission for all, and to prioritize the participation of people who are disability-identified, immunocompromised, or part of an otherwise vulnerable group.

The following guidelines will be in place: Self-Assessment: We ask that staff and participants screen themselves for COVID-19 before visiting the exhibition.

Images Festival presents Leakier Gardens, which includes the work of Erin Johnson, Gabi Dao, Véronique Sunatori, Yuula Benivolski, and Zaina Bseiso. The artists in this exhibition consider multiple forms of nourishment, sustenance, and cultural transference across bodies, territories and generational lines. Alongside these works, the garden extends beyond the plot to include those porous spaces in our lives that require tending to the growth of (one) another, allow entanglements to flourish and where fruit, flower, and seed demand attention and care– not from a master gardener– but through each cultural leakage, slippage, spill and spoil. 

Leakier Gardens is the second iteration in an ongoing series of screenings, exhibitions, and myriad potential manifestations. Hosted by Images Festival, this series considers the garden as something that, despite one’s intention, cannot be contained, and thus foregrounds the incontainability of edges and borders. The first iteration, Leaky Gardens, complicated the notion of the garden as a gentle refuge, revealing its colonial roots.

List of Works:

Erin Johnson, Oranges, 2023. Three channel video. 3MIN loop

Gabi Dao, Coco Means Ghost, 2019. Single-channel video, 25MIN. 

Véronique Sunatori, Where the Forest Ends, 2023. Installation.

Yuula Benivolski, Eclipse in the Garden, 2021. 8MM>Digital, 6MIN.

Zaina Bseiso, When Light is Displaced, 2023. Digital video, 6MIN.