Fresh Eyes by Arrivals.ca
Commissioned by TO2015 Arts and Culture Advisory Council
Curated by Devon Ostrom
In an effort to celebrate and include new citizens, Arrivals.ca has created an art installation entitled Fresh Eyes, a visual composition featuring the eyes of new Canadian citizens on City Hall.
Fresh Eyes consists of transparent photos that have been applied to the windows of city councillors’ offices that face onto Nathan Phillips Square, allowing our city officials to see through the eyes of a new citizen. The title Fresh Eyes also references the value that new and diverse perspectives bring to debate and decision making situations.
The majority of the citizens featured in the art installation are from Pan American countries. Beginning July 10, their individual stories can be found in the pilot Arrivals section of the Toronto Star on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the month of July.
The Fresh Eyes art installation and the corresponding Arrivals section in the Toronto Star is the first commission of the TO2015 Arts and Culture Advisory Council. It was selected to highlight the Games focus on diversity, artistic excellence and Pan American culture. This commission officially launches on July 10, 2012, marking the three-year countdown to the start of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
Arrivals.ca is an ongoing project dedicated to asking how we can better welcome and include newcomers.
Alacier Charles | Alin Sanchez-Ramirez | Gunjandeep Kahlon | Haniely Pableo | John Mc Lawrence | Juan Cardama | Juan Ortega | Kamilla Nikolaev | Khyati Nagar | Laura Valencia Botero | Liliana Martinez | Luis Flores | Mark Mutaahi | Mayank Bhatt | Olga Florean | Suely Anunciação | Vicki Wong |
Mayor Rob Ford | Councillor Ana Bailão | Councillor Anthony Perruzza | Councillor Cesar Palacio | Councillor David Shiner | Councillor Doug Ford | Councillor Joe Mihevc | Councillor John Filion | Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby | Councillor Mark Grimes | Councillor Mary Fragedakis | Councillor Mike Layton | Councillor Norm Kelly | Councillor Paula Fletcher | Councillor Sarah Doucette |
Alejandra Higuera | Che Kothari | Christine Mangosing | Devon Ostrom | Felicia Mings | Helena Shimeles | James Kachan | Jess Duerden | Kate Fraser | Mark Valino | Maureen Mendoza | Nayani Thiyagarajah | Ravi Jain | Tendisai Cromwell | Tiffany Hsiung |