Fragmented Gathering, Archiving Presence

A collaborative public art installation by visual and performance artist Sid Starkman and emerging curator Na’ama Freeman.

July 17-18, 2021

We invite you to our collaborative public art installation Fragmented Gathering, Archiving Presence. The installation carves out an environment where visitors become creative contributors to the piece. We provide pastels, chalk & fabric dye and let you create the work itself.  A communal performance, the installation becomes a unified visual archive of presence and gathering in a time when shared physical presence is fragmented. It aims to offer an antidote to this unprecedented social scarcity: gesturing generosity, care-free expression, and the lightness and sense of unity we are all craving.

At the end of the 48-hour performance, the installation will reach its final state of being: an artifact reflecting a community experience that celebrates our human capacity for creativity and imagination.  Fragmented Gathering, Archiving Presence is a collaborative project by emerging curator Na’ama Freeman (OCAD University Criticism and Curatorial Practice MFA Candidate, 2022) and visual and performance Artist Sid Starkman ( 

Fragmented Gathering, Archiving Presence will take place from July 17-18, any and all hours of the day, at Art Lives Here Lane which is located at the back of 58 Kenwood Avenue, Toronto, Canada. The main intersection is St. Clair Avenue & Vaughan Road. Enter from Louise Avenue & Art Lives Here Laneway: it is the first parking pad on the right.

We would like to thank the OCAD Student Union for their financial support and in helping us realize this project. Fragmented Gathering, Archiving Presence was conceived of, created and exists on the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy of Six Nations, the Anishinaabe and the Huron-Wendat nations, who are the original, current and future caretakers of the land on which we live and create. We give thanks to those nations who have lived on and protected this territory prior to and against colonization, and we also acknowledge and give thanks to those nations who have lived here since time immemorial on whose territory we now live and create. 



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