• Artists: TOCares, Moya Garrison-Msingwana
  • Medium: Installation
  • Project Type: Independent Projects
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown

In 2018, Toronto recorded 51 shooting deaths and a 32 percent spike in gun violence. This installation highlights the humanity behind the chaos.

Location

Scadding Court Community Centre, parking lot

  • Address: 707 Dundas St. W.
  • Public Washrooms: No
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Both
  • Content: Violence, Smoke Fog

The Project

“EXIT(us)” will offer a subversive play on Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man,” the monologue from "As you Like It" that likens the world to a stage, and human life to a play in seven acts, each with its entrances and exits. Like that earlier work, “EXIT(us)” will be a transformative exploration of life with a critical lens. But this installation will challenge current discourses around gun violence by introducing stories drawn from the experiences of victims and their families. Most Torontonians only understand and experience gun violence through the lens of the media. But “EXIT(us)” will aim to be a catalyst for audience members to re-evaluate their assumptions on gun violence in this city.

The Artists

TOCares is an arts-based initiative that was created out of growing concerns over the increase in gun violence in Toronto. With the support of multiple community groups, Scadding Court Community Centre launched the initiative with the TOCares challenge: a community-based, all-ages art contest. Moya Garrison-Msingwana is a Toronto born artist and Illustrator with a BDES from OCAD University. Being of mixed background, Moya has a unique perspective on the world. With a large list of influences, his work explores many themes rooted in pop culture, the supernatural, and the absurd. Subverting everything from simple daily interactions to social issues. Showing a deep infatuation with form and character, his art whether zines, comics, murals, editorial illustrations, scriptures, or doodles, often feature the human body and its relationship with the world around it. His painterly and loose style is easily identifiable and engaging. Regardless of the medium, he attempts to establish a relatable, humorous, and critical forum for diverse audiences.