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Camilla Singh
Toronto, Canada

In the uncertainty of a moment, a choreographed swarm of renegade dancers take on the movements of a cheerleader, a rotary brush, a squadron leader, as they rush the cars in an alley to wash and encourage them along their way. Drawing from different dance forms with an emphasis on rotation and adapting movements for an urban setting, the choreography is animated by costumes that accentuate the dancers' spinning motions. The effect is a human like car wash without water or soap that defies any clear stance such as allegiance or betrayal.

Camilla Singh builds things faithfully to her ideas and not always to a recurrent medium or form and shares Catherine Opie's view that "...its transgressive just to try to live your life the way you actually want to live it". Singh left her role as Curator of Toronto's MOCCA to experiment with materials in her studio and probe the questions that had formed around the experience of working in an office for decade. She is currently researching and producing a series of uniforms for curators called Uniforms for Non-Uniform Work which will comprise a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of York University in 2013.

Nuit Blanche images
Photography by Tom Legrady

on the cusp of aggression, enthusiasm, defense and support, 2011
Choreographed Dance Intervention

[ selected photographs ]  [ video ]

SP2 Zone C - Richmond Street West and Bay Street

Chevrolet has commissioned two new works by Camilla Singh to reflect on and underscore the impermanence of all things.

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Toronto Culture / Soctiabank