Anatomy of an Abattoir
- Artists: Kim Morgan, Kaitlyn Bourden
- Medium: Sculptural Installation
- Project Type: Creation : Destruction
- Curator: Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta
- Neighbourhood: Fort York
Latex sculptures of objects from an old slaughterhouse will be installed in its courtyard. Lit from within, these ghostly castings will bring the building back to life.
TAS, previously Quality Meats
- Address: 2 Tecumseth St.
- Public Washrooms: No
- Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible, uneven surface throughout the viewing area
- Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors
- Content: Other (please specify)
When a Toronto abattoir closed in 2014, some of its original contents were left inside. “Anatomy of an Abattoir” will attempt to revitalize these neglected objects and make them part of the building’s exterior. In the lead-up to Nuit Blanche, the artists will cast objects around the site—ducts, machinery and architectural details—in latex rubber. These castings, installed outside the building, will give the space’s interior a second life beyond its walls, inviting us to consider the past and the present by turning the structure inside out. For years, even as the city grew around it, this abattoir resisted change, remaining an active site of production, industry, destruction and consumption. Calling back to this history, the building will be given a rebirth through sculptural interventions. The building’s once-secret interiors will be rendered playful, beautiful and uncanny, lingering like ghosts brought to life outside the space.
Kim Morgan and Kaitlyn Bourden are visual artists. Their installation and multimedia work explores the impact of technology on people’s perceptions of time, space and the body. Their art also examines shifting boundaries between the private and the public.