Nedda Baba & Amber Helene Müller St. Thomas

Nedda Baba and Amber Helene Müller St. Thomas’s public performance art practice consists of queer gestures, with the goal of making space for diverse queer voices. Remembrance Reiterated (documented by photographer Sam Lowen and reproduced as a large-scale mural at Supercrawl) consisted of writing the names of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando Florida 2016:  “We wrote names on the wall of The 519 on Church Street in Toronto, [a centre ‘committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ community.’] We are writing the names of the 49 people killed in a terrorist shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016, a violent attack rooted in LGBTQ discrimination. We are paying respect to the lives lost, but we also included names of those who lost their lives in one of the many other similar tragedies that occur around the world. This is to point out that the Orlando massacre received much media attention (and rightly so), but there are so many other hate crimes that go unnoticed on a regular basis.”  

The Art Gallery of Hamilton co-presents Remembrance Reiterated in association with the Hamilton Now: Subject exhibition, on view through November 28, 2018. Hamilton Now: Subject is inspired by the deep roots of culture and creativity in Hamilton and the recent influx of so many more artists to the city. The exhibition features the work of eight local artists (Baba & Müller St. Thomas, Kiera Boult, Lesley Loksi Chan, Masoud Eskandari, John Haney, Becky Katz, Leslie Sasaki, and David Trautrimas), and takes up the key aspects of who we are and how we manifest ourselves in an increasingly fractured world.

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Nedda Baba (b. 1993) is a Toronto-based artist from Hamilton. Inspired by the tensions between subject and authority, her work is reflective of personal narratives and how they subvert the perceived objectivities of dominant discourses in education, religion, the media, gender, and queer spaces. She is interested in practice-based research and often investigates relationships to memory and archive through a diasporic lens. Her practice vacillates between images, found objects, performances, and interactive installations. Nedda has exhibited and performed in several spaces in Toronto, Hamilton, and Montreal. In 2014 she was nominated for The State Hermitage Museum Young Artists Program and was a finalist for the 2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize scholarship. Nedda is a recent graduate of the MFA program at York University, where she also completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2016.

Amber Helene Müller St. Thomas (b. 1986) is a Canadian artist based in Toronto. Her artistic practice is based in developing performative actions that include interactive elements of touch and polysemous queer gestures. She is interested in communal interaction, materiality, tactility, desire, and the potential for objects to function as both symbols of self and surrogates for intimacy. Müller St. Thomas holds a BFA from Western University and recently completed her MFA at York University. She is a beneficiary of the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Masters Scholarship (2016). Recent exhibitions include Things Little, curated by Vanessa Nicholas, art( i f)ACTS, curated by Belinda Ho-Yan Kwan, A National Test Market, (Artspace) curated by Jonathan Lockyer, and Hamilton Now: Subject, (Art Gallery of Hamilton) curated by Melissa Bennett. They have been selected as a participating artist in the upcoming Hamilton Supercrawl, 2018. They currently live and work in Toronto.


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