A collection of poems by Farrah Miranda, A New Kind of Community, navigates the anger, loss, absurdity and greed at the heart of a widespread housing crisis; along with the complexities and contradictions of art-making in an increasingly unliveable city. Miranda describes the project saying, “It is no secret that as public art goes up, so do home prices. Ballooning rents and mortgages are creating new breaking points all around. I struggle with what it means to produce art in this context – these poems reflect that”. Miranda is a transdisciplinary artist. This is her first collection of poetry.
A New Kind of Community will be released in stages throughout July and August on the ArtworxTO website.
About the Artist
Farrah Miranda is an Abu Dhabi born, Toronto-based artist of Goan and Mangalorean descent. Born in the Gulf to parents who were migrant workers, Miranda’s lived experience has confronted her with the way people, places, objects and experiences are bordered. This inspires aspects of her artistic practice in which she questions how borders are enacted through processes of categorization, securitization, censorship and control.
Moving between the gallery and the public sphere, she creates situations that actively engage the viewer. Working in mediums that range from sculpture and installation to performance and new media, Miranda experiments with the possibilities of art in undoing colonial and capitalist borders.
Thank you to our Funder
A New Kind of Community received grant funding as a part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021–2022, a year-long celebration of Toronto’s exceptional public art collection and the creative community behind it. Working closely with artists and Toronto’s arts institutions, ArtworxTO will deliver major public art projects and commissions, citywide, from fall 2021 to fall 2022. Supporting local artists and new artworks that reflect Toronto’s diversity, ArtworxTO is creating more opportunities for citizens to engage with art in their everyday lives. This September, the City of Toronto invites the public to discover creativity and community–everywhere. Visit artworxTO.ca for full details.