• Artist: Amrita Hepi
  • Medium: Participatory Performance
  • Project Type: Commissioned Project
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown

An Occupation is a participatory performance involving backup dancers, a giant inflatable and Karaoke about the themes of Occupation/Labour and work.


8 Queen St W

  • Address: 8 Queen
    CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors

The Project

An Occupation is part sculpture, part performance using a 6-metre-wide inflatable structure and heart monitors to inflate and deflate, the labour of the body and the dance is made visible. For this edition of An Occupation, we will be inviting participants to soundtrack the work with Karaoke songs about labour, work and occupation (think Rhianna's work or Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5) set against the backdrop of Toronto’s financial district.

The Artist

Amrita Hepi (b. 1989, Townsville of Bundjalung/Ngapuhi territories) is an artist working with dance and choreography through video, the social function of performance spaces, installation and objects. Utilizing hybridity and the extension of choreographic or performative practices, Hepi creates work that considers the body’s relationship to personal histories and the archive.


  • Sponsored by

Originally Commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.