Erika DeFreitas: close magic | February 13 – April 25, 2021
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
An image, less than a memory but more than a feeling, lingers. A woman runs rosary beads between her fingers. A mother and daughter laugh hysterically to the point of tears. Two hands intertwine. These simple yet vivid vignettes reveal something akin to muscle memory, where intellect and biology falter and intuition and magic take over.
This solo exhibition focuses on lens-based artworks Erika DeFreitas has made over the last five years, many of which feature her mother, whom she has been working with as a subject for more than a decade. The collection of photographs, video, and works on paper illuminates recurring themes in her practice such as loss, inheritance and finding ways to make the impermanent permanent.
Erika DeFreitas is a Scarborough-based artist whose practice includes the use of performance, photography, video, installation, textiles, works on paper, and writing.
Image credit: Erika DeFreitas, Her body is full of light (often, very often, and in floods) (still), 2016, 04:22 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.