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The Garden Project: Four Voices and Visions for Hamilton

Photos of the artists involved in the Garden Project

September 25, 2020
7:00 pm – 7:15 pm

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Tune in for sneak previews of four short scenes by cutting edge Hamilton-area BIPOC artists. Created by Hamilton indie theatres, Industry and Porch Light Theatre, The Garden  Project is radical first step in fostering equity in Hamilton’s cultural scene awarded providing seed money allowing artists vital time to focus on creating new work.

You can also view the work at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. From 11:00am to 6:00pm on Friday September 25, the AGH will be running the Garden Project videos for viewing.

Porch Light Theatre is a Hamilton-based collective founded by Aaron Jan and Karen Ancheta, dedicated to the development and support of youth, and both emerging and professional Theatre Artists / Storytellers.  

Industry is a theatre for the new Hamilton. It promises something new and ambitious, with an eye to creating pieces and running itself in ways that break from traditional theatre models. Our aim is to support each other as we investigate community, politics and other issues, while pushing artistic boundaries.

Meet the artists

1. Eli Farinango “Anaco”

Eli Farinango is a Kichwa artist working in themes of healing, resistance and the experiences of the Kichwa diaspora. She is a self taught photographer who uses the medium as a tool for self discovery and empowerment while capturing the beauty and strength of her community. Her work has been featured in various publications, she is the winner of the first place prize in the Fotografas Latinoamericanas, individual category, shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation Emerging artist scholarship, 2019 mentorship class for Women Photograph, and the recipient of the Director’s fellowship at the International Center for Photography 2020-2021.

2. Kitoko Mai “Messy”

Kitoko Mai (They/Them) is a multi-disciplinary performance artist based in Hamilton/Toronto, and a graduate of the Theatre & Film / Multimedia programs at McMaster University. Their practice incorporates live performance, poetry , visual art, found art sculpture, photography, video, sound, and theatre/storytelling. Kitoko’s work is rooted in social justice, anti-oppression, accessibility, and intersectionality. Their philosophy is to produce work that destabilizes hierarches of power and embraces fluidity of content, artistic form, and artistic process.

3. Radha Menon, “Blackberry”

Radha Menon is the artist in Residence at McMaster University’s School of Arts, recipient of City of Hamilton 2020 Arts Innovation Award and 2016 Theatre Award 2016. Menon’s plays have been produced for many theatre festivals in Canada, the U.S. and U.K. Menon is an activist, arts educator, founder of Red Betty Theatre and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Guelph. Winner of Toronto Fringe New Play Contest 2015, Hamilton Fringe Critics Choice Award 2015 & 2020.

4. Unsettled Scores, “The Visitors”

Dr. Spy Dénommé-Welch (Anishnaabe) is a multi-disciplinary artist, composer, librettist/playwright and producer. He has written and composed opera and chamber works including the Dora Mavor Moore-nominated opera Giiwedin. His research focuses on Indigenous topics in education, arts, and decolonization through music and performance. He is an Associate Professor at Brock University.

Catherine Magowan is a composer, bassoonist, conductor, and arts administrator of Jewish-Hungarian descent. She was nominated for a Dora award for the opera Giiwedin, and has presented at conferences on topics such as decolonization and intercultural collaboration in music. Catherine is the co-founder and Managing Director of Unsettled Scores.