Joyce Lau, Plunder (Eyeglasses), backlit transparency, 2011

Joyce Lau, Plunder (Shoes), backlit transparency, 2011

Kanada, installation view in G44 vitrines, photo by Morris Lum

Kanada, installation view in G44 vitrines, photo by Morris Lum


Friday, September 13, 2013 to Saturday, October 12, 2013
Opening Reception:
September 13,
6:00PM to 9:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

At the time of the Holocaust, several dozen barracks in Auschwitz-Birkenau containing personal items stolen from prisoners became known as Kanada, thus associating the goods with the riches and abundance of the namesake country. Joyce Lau's installation magnifies views of this plunder, preserved to this day as a memorial, drawing our sight and our thoughts to the individual.

Presented in conjunction with Holocaust Education Week 

Essay by Francisco-Fernando Granados:

 Exhibition Essay - Peopled by the Unknown (pdf).pdf

Suspending Frames of War with Susan Dobson, Matt Macintosh, Joyce Lau, moderated by Francisco-Fernando Granados


Artist Biography: 

Joyce Lau is a photo-based artist from Toronto. She graduated with a BFA from Ryerson’s Image Arts Photography program in 2004 and has been working as a professional artist since that time. Her art practice revolves around questions about identity, perceived ideas, history, and culture. Lau has exhibited in Canada, the United States, and in Europe. In 2009, she was commissioned to make three pieces for an exhibition concerning genocide by The International Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies. She received grants from the Ontario Arts Council in 2009 and 2012.


Francisco-Fernando Granados is a Guatemalan-born, Toronto-based artist, writer, curator and educator. He has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums and artist-run spaces including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Darling Foundry (Montreal), Ex Teresa Arte Actual (Mexico City), and the University of the Arts (Helsinki). His performative talks have been presented at The Hessel Museum (New York) and The Power Plant (Toronto). Curatorial projects include performance programs for the LIVE Biennial of Performance Art (Vancouver) and FADO (Toronto). He currently works as a sessional faculty member at OCAD University and the University of Toronto Scarborough.