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Kinstallations

Performance by Danya Danger x Regan de Loggans

Friday, July 22, 2022 

7—8 PM (Toronto Time) 

MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Road, #100, Toronto, ON, M5R 2B7, Canada

Viewers are invited to attend the performance and artist talk at MOCA Toronto on Friday, July 22, 2022, at 7:00 PM.

Kinstallations is a collaborative performance of Indigenous-infused sound and movement made to evoke the sensations of humanistic flow and queer interconnectedness from the past, present and future. Portions of this sound will be sourced from an audio recording created through a multinational beading workshop between Dayna Danger, Regan de Loggans, and an audio recording of ten Kenyan Artist Fellows all involved in the Soul of Nations’ Green Architecture Project. Together, the artists will explore the concept of home in connection to culture, post-colonial identity, environmental stability, and architectural design. Kinstallations will explore how colonized peoples from different parts of the world are bound to one another through the architecture of home and body; their holistic collaboration offers insight into shared colonial traumas and politics of refusals, as survivors of ongoing colonialism.

Traditional forms of Indigenous architecture have often been misrepresented in mainstream media and academia. Danger and Loggans offer a performance of construction, in which they will bind themselves and build structure within Gibson’s I AM YOUR RELATIVE installation. As part of the performance, audio between the Artist Fellows from the Soul of Nation Foundations fellowship will act as a soundtrack. 

Viewers will hear the conversations we had between us while we bead together, while we feast together, and while we mourn and create. Danger and Regan will disrupt the space, engage with one another, and ultimately build a web-like structure within the space, paying homage to shared architectural practices as a basis of interwoven narratives of resistance.

Danger and Loggans are current Fellows of the Soul of Nations Foundation’s Green Architecture Project, a one-year cross-cultural exchange between Indigenous artists from North America and East Africa. Kinstallations was in part sponsored by MOCA Toronto, the American Embassy Nairobi, and Soul of Nations, with internal support from Apply Stickers and Jeffrey Gibson.

Dayna Danger (they/them) holds an MFA in Photography from Concordia University. Their art uses symbolic references to kink communities to critically interrogate visibility and rejection. Danger centers Kin and practicing consent to build artworks that create a suspension of reality wherein complex dynamics of sexuality, gender, and power are exchanged. Through utilizing the processes of photography, sculpture, performance and video, Danger creates works and environments that question the line between empowerment and objectification by claiming the space. Their focus remains on Indigenous and Metis visual and erotic sovereignty. Danger has exhibited their work nationally and internationally in such venues as Art gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB; Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, MB; Art Mur, Berlin; and the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe and most recently at the National Gallery of Canada

Regan de Loggans (they/themme) graduated with the an MFA in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, and Museum Practice from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2017. Their work highlights the intersection between fashion studies, history, and the impact of art historical narratives on contemporary Indigenous art. They have co-curated exhibitions at the Peabody Essex Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, New-York Historical Society, and are currently curating an exhibition on Indigenous queer identity at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.

Dayna Danger (they/them) holds an MFA in Photography from Concordia University. Their art uses symbolic references to kink communities to critically interrogate visibility and rejection. Danger centers Kin and practicing consent to build artworks that create a suspension of reality wherein complex dynamics of sexuality, gender, and power are exchanged. Through utilizing the processes of photography, sculpture, performance and video, Danger creates works and environments that question the line between empowerment and objectification by claiming the space. Their focus remains on Indigenous and Metis visual and erotic sovereignty. Danger has exhibited their work nationally and internationally in such venues as Art gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB; Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, MB; Art Mur, Berlin; and the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe and most recently at the National Gallery of Canada

Regan de Loggans (they/themme) graduated with the an MFA in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, and Museum Practice from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2017. Their work highlights the intersection between fashion studies, history, and the impact of art historical narratives on contemporary Indigenous art. They have co-curated exhibitions at the Peabody Essex Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, New-York Historical Society, and are currently curating an exhibition on Indigenous queer identity at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.

MOCA Toronto

The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto is cultural producer ocated on the traditional land of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, a place on which the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples have creatively expressed themselves since time immemorial. Through their work and relations between people, cultures, geographies, outlooks, approaches, and natural forces, MOCA recognizes the importance of reflecting on the continuing impacts of colonization. MOCA acknowledges the legacies of colonialism that are embedded within the institutional systems we work within today. It is more important than ever to question, deconstruct, and reimagine these structures and systems by putting equity, diversity, inclusion, justice, and Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation at their core. MOCA honors these histories and our collective responsibility to protect and nurture the land and recognize Indigenous voices throughout the Museum’s programming.

Soul of Nations Foundation

The Soul of Nations Foundation is a for-purpose 501(c)3 organization that aims to uplift BIPOC communities through various forms of media, innovative strategy, and youth-led initiatives. Our mission is to progress Indigenous and Black youth and communities through the arts, research, and scholarship. We envision a world where all people of color are respected in contemporary societies and have greater access to equal opportunities in the following sectors: socially, creatively, academically, and economically. The Soul of Nations Foundation operates a gallery and residency program in Italy for Black and Indigenous artists to research the modern and historical juxtaposition of distinction and unification among American and European cultures; exhibit original works of art that further cross-cultural dialogue regarding the displaced BIPOC experience; and engage in public restorative healing practices and workshops in the birth country of Christopher Columbus, all the while unearthing Afro-diasporic historic and present regal legacies.

Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto 

158 Sterling Road, #100, Toronto, ON, M5R 2B7, Canada

Soul of Nations Foundation, New York

80 Broad Street, Floor Six, New York, NY, 10004

Cover: [left] Two-beaded fetish mask, Dayna Danger, 2021; [right] Regan De Loggans, Jeffrey Gibson, Courtesy: the artist and Sikkema Jenkins Installation at Brooklyn Museum of Art, 2021, When Fire Is Applied to a Stone It Cracks.

Soul of Nations Foundation, Inc.

Email: info@soulofnations.org              

Phone: +1 202.643.2164

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