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Canada’s leading contemporary outdoor and online art fair

July 12 – 14, 2024.

Emerging Artists by Emerging Curator Award

Location: Booth 290, Zone E

We welcome the Indigenous Curatorial Collective (ICCA) as our new programming partner, who brings their unique perspective and curatorial vision to TOAF this year for the Emerging Artists by Emerging Curator Award.

For this opportunity award, curator Jesse King has curated a feature exhibition of TOAF63 artists titled Blushing Bodies. This showcase is generously supported by the Barry & Laurie Green Family Charitable Trust and ICCA.

The ICCA activates Indigenous creative sovereignty, ensuring future ancestors have agency over their own cultures as an Inherent Right.

“Throughout this showcase, the viewer will experience the use of images and objects, reminiscent of the human body, to depict a camp or queer identity through shape, form and space. Queering an object is when we reexamine and reimagine an object through a queer lens and open its existence to a wider ideology – this is to take it out of the mainstream context of heteronormativity and bring it into liminal spaces.”—Jesse King

Jesse King


Jesse King, born Ojibwe from Wasauksing First Nation (Eagle Clan), is based in Toronto. King’s work and curatorial interests frequently explore the many facets of identity, including discussions of queerness, gender, and the importance of cultural representation.

King’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in Berlin, Germany, and Tampere, Finland. Their work has been in several independent publications, including fashion magazines such as Wonderland Magazine. King was the
Exhibitions and program coordinator at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival for three years anchoring themselves in celebrating all forms of art through collaboration with national and international artists and galleries. King now works
with the AGO as the Curatorial Assistant for Indigenous and Youth Programming.

King sat on the Board of Directors for Trinity Square Video and is a new board member of The Indigenous Curatorial Collective.

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