Tout-Monde: Markham

Tout-Monde: Markham

Varley Art Gallery of Markham
September 14, 2019 – January 5, 2020 | Main Gallery

     Photo: On set of Andrew Chung’s White Elephant. 2019. Photo by Ifenna Okeke. Courtesy of the artist.

Artists: Andrew Chung, Annette Mangaard, Julieta Maria, Calyx Passailaigue,
              Roberto Santaguida, Alice Shin
Curated by Catherine Sicot and Anik Glaude

Tout-Monde: Markham seeks to engage with the delicate, yet timely, discourse about encountering and representing the other. The project is inspired by the ideas of Martiniquais poet and philosopher Edouard Glissant (1928 – 2011). Building on his in-depth explorations of the history of slavery, and of créolisation, Glissant imagined le Tout-Monde (“the whole-world”) where “relationships between two or more identities that are masters to themselves, would rely on changing by exchanging”.

With its diverse communities, Markham offers an interesting context within which to explore Glissant’s ideas. Six artists working with film were commissioned to engage with community members from backgrounds different from their own, thus stimulating the exploration of various means of perception and interaction with others. Ultimately, this project aims to generate a series of personal or collective encounters between artists and communities, as well as between neighbours, between friends and between strangers.

The artworks presented in the exhibition Tout-Monde: Markham are commissioned by Elegoa Cultural Productions and is part of the multi-layered project Facing: The Stories of Others (an exploration of nations from the "outside-in") curated by Catherine Sicot, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, New Chapter Program, in partnership with the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, and made with the support of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT). 

     Photos: On set of Andrew Chung’s White Elephant. 2019. Photo by Ifenna Okeke. Courtesy of the artist.

    Photos: Annette MangaardCome Into My Kitchen - Helen's Kitchen (above), Jennifer's Kitchen (below), 2019,
                  still from 4K video, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

    Photos: Calyx Passailaigue, Zeen?, 2019, Short Film. Courtesy of the artist.

      Photos: Roberto Santaguida, West of Greensborough, 2019, Production Still, screen 3. Courtesy of the artist.

Elegoa Cultural Productions wants to thank Lucile Montigaud for her contribution to research as well as project sponsor and partners:




Alice Shin would like to thank the RBC Arts Access Award, Neighbourhood Arts Network, and Toronto Arts Foundation for their assistance in making her project Signal Fire possible.