Mythology is our inheritance. Narratives make our cultural history, they form the ways we understand the world, explain and create meaning in our lives.
Mythology, however — “myth” in particular—also often connotes “untruth” or “distortion”.
Completed in early 2017, Diasporasian Mythologies is a collaborative project-anthology exploring the multiple contexts of this word and critically engages with it through art practice.
Artists signed up for our workshops in 4 different mediums: film, text, image, clay to create artistic responses to our theme of “Diasporasian Mythologies” with our facilitators for publication in a special P40 digital anthology!
Each workshop series was led by a facilitator and ran for 2-3 sessions (a total of six hours).
Meet the Facilitators:
RUDRAPRIYA RATHORE (TEXT)
Rudrapriya was born in New Delhi and grew up in Calcutta and Toronto. She holds a joint honours BA in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University and is currently writing her MA thesis, a collection of short stories, at U of T. She won the Irving Layton Award for Fiction in 2014 and has pieces across genres published or forthcoming in the Hart House Review, The Puritan, The Walrus, Minola Review, and elsewhere. A recipient of a SSHRC grant during her graduate studies, she is interested in work that blurs the boundaries between poetry, prose, and nonfiction. Find her tweeting at @rrudrapriya.
CHRISTIE WONG (CLAY)
Christie is an experimental / surreal artist that works with a variety of concepts/materials and ideas. She collides and collapses different imagery and ideas to make viewers question their own existence. She finds freedom in the creative experience and craves for others to pursue their creative energies. In conjunction with the art world, she also makes gelato, cooks experimentally, jots down aphorisms, frolicks around with a camera around her neck, and smiles at strangers. Clay and painting are her first love along with digging her toes in mud. You can find more of her art on instagram @chrwonstie and @paperandbatter.
WENTING LI (IMAGE)
Wenting is an illustrator and occasional ceramicist. She was born in Chengdu, China; grew up in & around Toronto; and is currently in her final year at OCAD. When not making work, she can be found nose-deep in a book, exploring the city/ the continent, trying to befriend other people’s cats, or hiking in the York Regional Forest. She is interested in how mythologies change through the tellings & the unique viewpoints each of us bring to the same story. Past clients include The New York Times, Plansponsor magazine, Coach House Press, and Corporate Knights.
HAARIS QADRI (FILM)
Haaris Qadri is currently in his second year studying film production at York University. Inspired by his community, he aims to showcase narratives currently underrepresented in mainstream media. His short film “Goree”, debuted at Reel Asian Film Festival’s Unsung Voices in 2016.
– This free workshop series is presented in partnership with Art Starts, Platform A –