Vicki Clough Curates

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Project Vortex, Featured Artist #2—Gabriela Bustamante

As previously mentioned here and here, I’m researching socially engaged workshop models that encourage environmental literacy through art making. In the run up to my website launch, I’m featuring artists that employ similar methods to the one I’m implementing here in Toronto. Today’s featured artist, Gabriela Bustamante, an Industrial Designer, lives and works in the Netherlands. She collaborates with local communities, businesses and government agencies to challenge existing practices and framing of social and environmental issues. She uses an integrated approach where various “stakeholders” work together to brainstorm solutions and work through creative strategies for change. Her “Desycling” projects span both her individual practice and the design studio, Latin Sisters Productions, she has set up with Caro Isern. Using an intervention workshop model allows for a connection with waste materials and encourages creative responses to existing problems.

Desycling flyer

Desycling flyer

 

Workshops run with Desycling exhibition attendees

Workshops run with Desycling exhibition attendees

 

Desycled Bar at the exhibition venue

Desycled Bar at the exhibition venue

 

Fruit Bowl made of waste paper

Fruit Bowl made of waste paper

 

Necklace made out of a plastic bag

Necklace made out of a plastic bag

 

As with previously featured artist Liina Klauss, I have not yet been able to establish contact with Ms. Bustamante, but all images are hers and link directly back to her website.

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Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, an ongoing research and curatorial project that aims to address the various forms of sustainable practice. She has been the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto since 2014 and has also co-curated exhibitions including Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014) and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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