LIFT Supported Artist Commission: Tout-Monde: Markham

LIFT Member Alice Shin working on her project Signal Fire with LIFT’s RED Epic Mysterium-X Camera Package.

LIFT Supported Commissioning Project:

Tout-Monde: Markham
Runs September 14, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Curated by Catherine Sicot and Anik Glaude

Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Main Gallery
216 Main Street Unionville, Unionville

Andrew Chung, Annette Mangaard, Julieta Maria, Calyx Passailaigue, Roberto Santaguida, Alice Shin

Tout-Monde: Markham seeks to engage with the delicate, yet timely, discourse about encountering and representing the other. The project is inspired by the ideas of Martiniquais poet and philosopher Edouard Glissant (1928 – 2011). Building on his in-depth explorations of the history of slavery, and of créolisation, Glissant imagined le Tout-Monde (“the whole-world”) where “relationships between two or more identities that are masters to themselves, would rely on changing by exchanging”.

With its diverse communities, Markham offers an interesting context within which to explore Glissant’s ideas. Six artists working with film were commissioned to engage with community members from backgrounds different from their own, thus stimulating the exploration of various means of perception and interaction with others. Ultimately, this project aims to generate a series of personal or collective encounters between artists and communities, as well as between neighbours, between friends and between strangers.

Full descriptions of each project can be found online at Elegoa Cultural Productions:

The artworks presented in the exhibition Tout-Monde: Markham are commissioned by Elegoa Cultural Productions and is part of the multi-layered project Facing: The Stories of Others (an exploration of nations from the “outside-in”) curated by Catherine Sicot, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, New Chapter Program, in partnership with the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, and made with the support of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT).

Join us at the opening of Tout-Monde: Markham. The night will feature an engaging panel discussion, performances, refreshments and more! Panel discussion will occur from 6:00pm – 7:00pm and the reception will be 7:00 – 9:00pm. Please RSVP as limited spots are available.


Saturday 14 September 2019 –

Non-members: Free
Members: Free

Varley Art Gallery of Markham 
216 Main Street Unionville, Main Gallery 
Unionville ON Canada