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Artist Showcase: Logan MacDonald
- Date Updated: December 2020
This session was presented as part of Future Cities Canada: #UnexpectedSolutions.
In response to Evergreen’s public call for proposals, this Fall at Evergreen Brick Works, Artists Kristin Li and Logan Macdonald will present their new public art commissions addressing issues of equity in public space. Works will be on display at Evergreen Brick Works this fall.
Kristin and Logan’s projects bring forward important voices and stories that have typically been silenced in Toronto’s public spaces.
Logan MacDonald is an artist, curator, writer, educator and activist who focuses on queer, disability and Indigenous perspectives. He is of European and Mi’kmaq ancestry, and identifies with both his Indigenous and settler roots. Logan’s two part project will draw attention to historical and ongoing restrictions for Indigenous peoples in the area regarding access to traditional lands, trade routes, resources and sustenance. Addressing the history of resource extraction in the Don Valley, Logan aims to “subvert the industrial-colonial reasons that this clay was extracted for bricks in the first place and use them as secondary materials that support the Indigenous approach to creating structures through weaving.” The second part of Macdonald’s work focuses on paw paw trees and the ways in which green spaces are controlled as part of the colonial project. Macdonald addresses the lack of native fruit-bearing trees in Toronto and draws connections to this absence as an erasure of Indigenous culture in public spaces. The project is meant to demark an “anti-colonial monument where planting pawpaw trees will attempt to reclaim this land as an engagement site for Indigenous people by providing plants that offer sustenance, or at the very least symbolically honour a time when this land nourished Indigenous people in Southern Ontario.