June 18 – July 10, 2016
Opening Reception: June 18, 2016 2-5 PM
Artist Tour: June 26, 2016 2PM
Loop Gallery is pleased to announce Home / Residents & Dissidents, a new exhibition by Maria Gabankova.
Influenced by personal experience, Gabankova’s Home / Residents & Dissidents explores what it means to have a home and what it means to lose it.
Gabankova draws her subject matter from the definition of home: whether it is the place, its inhabitants, or the sense of belonging it somehow provides. Within this framework, the artist then considers the act of residency. For instance, what does it mean to go from being a resident in a family home to a resident in a nursing home, the sort of place not well known for offering the same kind of belonging?
Of particular importance to Gabankova, who fled Czechoslovakia as a young political refugee in 1968, is the loss of home under the strain of cultural and political conflict. Ongoing reports of displacement continue to feed the artist’s investigation into the consequences of the choices facing these residents: to remain a resigned resident or turn dissident. Complex studies of facial expressions, body language, and inanimate elements of home (both inhabited and deserted) come together in Home / Residents & Dissidents to showcase the effect notions of home have on communities worldwide.
Maria Gabankova is a Toronto-based artist and founding member of Loop Gallery. Born in former Czechoslovakia, she also spends time in British Columbia and Prague, Czech Republic, with frequent trips to other European destinations. She taught figure drawing, painting, and portraiture at OCAD University in Toronto from 1990 until 2015 and has exhibited her work extensively in Canada and internationally since 1980. Her work is represented in both private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, South Korea, and Europe.