• Artist: Writing on the Wall
  • Medium: Multimedia Installation
  • Project Type: Independent Projects
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown

In this projection installation, spoken word performances are displayed on the exterior of Mackenzie House. The poems encourage strength, hope and connection.

Location

Mackenzie House

  • Address: 82 Bond
    Outdoors
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible, uneven surface throughout the viewing area
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors

The Project

The Writing on the Wall is a projection installation by Reanna Niceforo, Ian Keteku and Philip Sutherland featuring words and performances from five of Canada’s premier spoken word artists. Audiences can view larger than life performances projected onto the exterior of Mackenzie House. Mackenzie House is the last home of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie. As a journalist and politician, William Lyon Mackenzie used his words to uplift the community around him. We’re at a pivotal moment in human history, the world is fractured and the space between us seems as large as ever. Spoken word poetry is at the forefront of creating awareness and offering a platform to marginalized voices. The poems are written and performed by Lishai Peel, Britta B (performed by Asha Lee), Komi Olaf, Jennifer Alicia Murrin and Ian Keteku. The poets explore the space between history and now, the space between each other and the space inside of each one of us.

The Artist

  • Writing on the Wall

The Writing on the Wall is a collective of artists who create artistic works in the mediums of photography, animation, installation and spoken word. The group brings together art forms to create engaging and thought-provoking installations. The collective includes installation artist Reanna Niceforo, photographer Philip Sutherland and poetry artist Ian Keteku. Individually these artists have produced notable works around the world.

Acknowledgements

Writing on the Wall would like to thank participating artists: Lisha Peel, Komi Olaf, Britta B, Asha Lee, and Jennifer Alicia Murrin and the support of the Toronto Arts Council. Special thanks to The Mackenzie House.