Scenes From The Maul- Art Works from The Maul by Fiona Smyth
WEIRD THINGS- 998 Bathurst Street
Opening on Thursday, September 17@7:30
This shopping mall is filled with teenagers transformed into monsters running amok. Commentary is on the commodification of teens’ bodies and identities and corporate media’s perceptions of the teens codified world. The media’s manipulation of these projected images of youth sells us the concepts of ageism, sexism, sizeism, homophobia, and racism as norms to be coveted. Immortality achieved by conformity reigns supreme. The truth of youth includes the realities of exclusion, abuse, economic disparity, and exploitation. In The Maul the monstrous teenagers rise up against their captors to break free of the “shoebox” they are caught in. In the process they attack each other and destroy the fabricated consumer paradise of the mall.
This show is part of the larger installation project The Maul.
Grant support funded by the Toronto Arts Council.