• Artists: Noor Khan, Sean Leon
  • Medium: Multimedia Installation
  • Project Type: Independent Projects
  • Neighbourhood: West Queen West

"PostScript” exhibits the geographical intersections of Parkdale and Scarborough. It also alludes to afterthoughts written once a letter—or placemaking policy, perhaps—has been signed.

Location

Gallery 1313

  • Address: 1313 Queen St W
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Content: Loud noises, Adult language

The Project

Policy-making in Toronto has caused Parkdale and Scarborough to suffer. The two regions are often afterthoughts compared to many other areas. Here, two artists will come together to tell a story of these places. Visual artist Noor Khan will juxtapose film footage from Parkdale and Scarborough. This pairing will reveal conditions that continue to create socioeconomic disparities in both neighbourhoods. Recording artist Sean Leon will score the film with sounds from Parkdale and Scarborough residents. The sounds will not be in sync with the imagery, creating dissonance. This audio will highlight different perspectives of life and love in these communities. Large-scale events such as Nuit Blanche are usually complicit in “cleaning up” the streets and displacing people experiencing homelessness. But “PostScript” will be of the communities it depicts. It will reflect real neighbourhood love and will prompt tourists to acknowledge those whose homes they are walking through.

The Artists

Noor Khan and Sean Leon tell stories about love and life on the margins. Scarborough-based, Saudi Arabia–born, and with roots in South Asia, Khan is an artist, director and producer who shifts strategies to fit her community’s needs. Scarborough-born, Ajax-raised, and now residing in Parkdale, Leon creates sonic stories challenging suburban-life stereotypes.

Acknowledgements

  • This project was supported through Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding.

The artists thank the Parkdale and Scarborough residents participating in “PostScript,” as well as blood-related, as well as chosen, family members who’ve informed their growth. They acknowledge the traditional territories they work upon, and those territories’ many nations.