Cancelled due to COVID-19:
without trying to be moved... we fall like light

2020 Art and Art History Graduating Exhibition

without trying to be moved...
March 18–28, 2020

Opening Reception:
Wednesday March 18, 5–8pm

we fall like light
April 1-14, 2020

Opening Reception:
Wednesday April 1, 5–8pm


without trying to be moved…we fall like light, the two-part exhibition presenting works by students of the 2020 graduating class of the Sheridan College and University of Toronto Mississauga joint Art & Art History program, has been cancelled.

This difficult decision has been made in the light of the COVID-19 situation and U of T’s transition to online teaching. The health and well-being of participating artists, curators, and audiences are of primary importance.

Exhibition Statement

without trying to be moved…we fall like light is a two-part exhibition presenting works by students of the 2020 graduating class of the Sheridan College and University of Toronto Mississauga joint Art & Art History program. The exhibitions are curated by students of FAH451: Curating Now. Presented across two gallery spaces, the Blackwood Gallery and e|gallery, works by eighteen artists collectively explore the space between questions and statements—navigating through the tumultuous waters of emotion and memory, and dispersing light throughout the world by reflecting on their surroundings.

without trying to be moved...

Works by: Angela Clarkson, Ryanne Florence, Veronika Garbowska, Emma Juliette, Jen Liu, Francine (Frey) Quintia, Isabella Varrasso, Eleonora Zivkovic

Curatorial Team:
Titled TK: Cassandra Adams, Sam Hill, Vincy Liu, Francine (Frey) Quintia, Andrew Tso, BiXuan Zhang, ZiXuan Zhang

Exhibition dates: March 18–28, 2020

Opening Reception: Wednesday March 18, 5–8pm
Blackwood Gallery, Kaneff Centre

As if in a river, the artists featured in part one, without trying to be moved…, are caught in a current that seems steady and calm. But rivers are constantly moving under the surface. They are fed by different sources and flow towards a goal, carving through the tumultuous environment around them. The eight participating artists in this exhibition use their own memories and emotions as sources of inspiration, or invite the active participation of other viewers—just as a river receives a range of inputs from its environment. Through a variety of media including photography, painting, printmaking, textiles, and audio recordings, these artists explore modes of storytelling, using illusion, distortion, abstraction, and surreal representations. Each artwork’s own story invites viewers into an intimate space to engage with memories, experiences, emotions, and self-knowledge.

Presented in two gallery spaces on the UTM campus, without trying to be moved invites viewers into the artists’ inner worlds. Works in the Blackwood Gallery explore the stirring emotions of comfort, uncertainty, warmth, power, calm, fantasy, longing, and anxiety. The e|gallery features works focused on language (personal, symbolic, and real) and its impacts. Across the exhibition, the eight participating artists explore the flows, tides, and pressures that dictate how they carve out space in the world at large.

we fall like light

Works by: Jasaña Alleyne, Manroop Bhogal, Sabrina Bilic, Mackenzie Boyd, Jasmine Canaviri, Samuel di Gianni, Nada Hafez, Sarah Pereux, Andrea Shen, Tina Wang

Curatorial Team:
(un)titled: Charlie Bea, James Legaspi, Coleen Mariano, Christine Pacheco, Celine Polidario, Emma Sherland, Thang Vu

Exhibition dates: April 1–14, 2020

Opening Reception: Wednesday April 1, 5–8pm
Blackwood Gallery, Kaneff Centre

The title of the exhibition’s second half, we fall like light, cites Laurie Anderson’s Transitory Life, from the artist’s album Homeland. A commentary on life in America, the album explores alienation, environmental collapse, mistrust in authority—and their impacts on human bodies and psyches. These same concerns are taken up by the ten artists in the exhibition, who work through drawing, painting, sculpture, and video to confront underlying forces shaping their world: namely, the malleability of personal experience in relation to one’s culture, contemporary environmental crises, worldwide strife, and resistance to establishment power structures.

Just as light bounces off the world and illuminates its constituent elements, organizing systems, and malfunctions, these artists shed light on the makings of their distinct life experiences. To understand how environment, inclusive of the geographic, the cultural, the political, and the natural, shape life: refraction. To inquire, to throw oneself to the wills of the world to reach new understandings: dispersion. To seek answers and voice assertions, to call attention to one’s surroundings: illumination. To disrupt, to emphasize, to bring to light: interference. To critically engage with one’s position in this new decade and all its histories, physical makings, and conditions: reflection. To enter into the world as new voices and forces of creative production: to fall like light.


This two-part exhibition is created in partial fulfillment of FAH451: Curating Now: Turning Concepts into Curatorial Projects. This course is a part of the Curatorial Studies Certificate Program in the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The exhibitions were developed with the support and guidance of Blackwood Gallery staff Alison Cooley (Assistant Curator), Saša Rajšić (Exhibition Coordinator), Fraser McCallum (Project Coordinator), Michael DiRisio (Curatorial Assistant & Collections Archivist), and Jasper Akitt and Chantal Zettel (Installation Technicians). 

Students graduating from the Art and Art History program receive both an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto Mississauga and a Diploma in Art and Art History from Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. The program is designed to provide students with a strong and diverse base of knowledge that prepares them for a broad spectrum of careers within the arts community and beyond. Alumni have pursued careers in teaching, both at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels, while others go on to earn their Masters in Studio Art or Art History. For more information please visit


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