November 7 – December 2*
Opening Reception: November 9th, 6-9pm
ReThink Recovery is a multidisciplinary exhibition by Kanika Gupta that challenges existing cultural and medical assumptions of what it means to be “recovered”. Inspired by the artist’s personal experience of surviving a traumatic experience and living with chronic illness, this collection chronicles in real-time her stages of recovery.
Paint, clay, film, and ink meet to show how the fractured and disjointed can come together in harmony. The breadth of mediums and techniques used throughout this body of work parallels the diversity of each of our lived human experiences. While each piece individually tells its own story, they all collectively tell one story: through the inevitable transformations and changes we endure we still live the same life, all part of the same story.
Experiencing Recovery: Free Artist-led Workshops
Saturday November 11, 1 – 2pm
Wednesday November 29, 6:30 – 7:30 + guided tour 6-6:30pm
Recovery isn’t universal. One person’s recovery does not define another’s.
Using Kanika’s artistic approach, this hands-on immersive workshop invites participants to discover and experience what recovery means to them. Shape, form and function will be explored through the creation of 3-dimensional works of art.
Exploring Alternative Ways of Being
Ongoing self-guided interactive experience throughout exhibition
Opportunities exist all around us. Sometimes deliberately choosing to act differently, in ways unlike what we are accustomed to, is all it takes to seize these opportunities.
Following exhibiting artist Kanika Gupta’s approach, all visitors to the exhibit are invited to create a piece of art on paper exploring new and alternative methods. Once complete, these pieces will go on display and become part of the exhibit for everyone to witness.
About the Artist
Kanika Gupta is a multidisciplinary artist and social entrepreneur who uses visual art, writing and storytelling to create dialogue to generate greater compassion and understanding for those who find themselves on the fringes of “normalcy”. Her visual artistic practice includes painting, ceramics, photography, printmaking and illustrations. Kanika has been published in The Guardian, Globe and Mail and Huffington Post. In 2012, Kanika was recognized as Canada’s Top100 Most Powerful Women.
Accessibility components: barrier free entrance, scent free environment, audio description, touch and multi-sensory components and interactive workshops – allowing for audiences to experience the art in multiple ways.
*Please note: Gallery will be closed to the public on Friday November 17 & Friday December 1 for Lakeshore Arts’ PA Day arts program
CBC NEWS: After a concussion smashed her life to pieces, art helped her find her own recovery (Posted: Nov 10, 2017)
CBC Metro Morning Interview: Rethink Recovery art exhibit (Air Date: Nov 09, 2017)
Mississauga News: Mississauga woman turns to art to understand recovery after brain injury (Posted: Nov 11, 2017)
UHN: Redefining Recovery with Post-Concussion Syndrome (Posted: Nov 27, 2017)
Radio-Canada.Ca: L’exposition <Rethink Recovery>: l’art raconte la convalescence, au Lakeshore Arts (Air Date: Nov 29, 2017)
Medium: How an art exhibit transformed into something greater (Published: Dec 7, 2017)
LinkedIn: How an art exhibit transformed into something greater (Published: Dec 7, 2017)