Over the last couple of weeks we have been profiling the remarkable group of artists from our inaugural cohort on the Akin blog. Today we are happy to share profiles of four of the Year 1 artists, Eva Kolcze, Michaela Macleod, Walter Segers and Tanya Louise Workman. You can click here to see previous posts in the MOCA Artist Series.
Eva Kolcze is a Toronto based artist who creates films and installations that investigate themes of landscape, architecture and the body. Her work has screened at venues and festivals including the National Gallery of Canada, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC), Anthology Film Archives, the Gardiner Museum, Nuit Blanche, Cinémathèque québécoise, Birch Contemporary and the Images Festival. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from OCAD University and a Master of Fine Art from York University.
Michaela is from Moncton, New Brunswick and earned her professional degree in architecture from the University of Waterloo. She was awarded the Ontario’s Architects Association Guild Medal Award and the Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners for her research work on contaminated landscapes located within the public realm. She is an intern architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and founder of Polymetis, an architecture and landscape studio based in Toronto. She also works as a sessional instructor at the University of Toronto.
Walter Segers emigrated from Belgium in 1993 and currently lives and works in Toronto. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2008 with honors and received OCADU’s prestigious M.C. McCain Post Graduate Photography Residency in 2009. His photo-based works explore issues surrounding gender, sexuality, immigration and identity.
Tanya Louise Workman
Tanya Louise Workman is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist, storytelling facilitator and journalist who works with audio, images and text to unravel the relationships between our interior and exterior selves, exploring difference and identify beyond the surface and seen, and how stories told and untold – and the bodies we inhabit – shape us. Including her own.
You can see work by Eva, Michaela, Walter and Tanya from July 25–September 8, 2019 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA) as a part of An Index. The exhibition An Index comprises work in a variety of media from sculpture, to video, to new wall murals by the first cohort of Akin residency artists who entered the year-long studio programme in September 2018.
While the participating artists’ practices range widely in terms of conceptual approach, style and media; they have also been influenced to some degree by the experience of sharing and conversing within an open-plan studio structure for the last nine months.
Join us on Wednesday July 24 for the opening reception of An Index from 6-9pm on Floor 4 of the Museum.
We also hope you can join us for MOCA Goes Dark, an interactive art party on August 17 by the artists and curators of the exhibition An Index. Come see MOCA transformed into an interactive art party by some of Toronto’s best emerging artists.