we fall like light

2020 Art and Art History Graduating Exhibition, Part 2

Part 1:
without trying to be moved...

Part 2:
we fall like light


Click here to download the digital exhibition brochure featuring exhibition information, biographies, and full colour illustrations throughout.


without trying to be moved…we fall like light is a two-part exhibition presenting works by students of the 2020 graduating class of the Sheridan College and University of Toronto Mississauga joint Art & Art History program.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of the University of Toronto Mississauga, the 2020 Art & Art History Graduating Exhibitions were cancelled.

Digital exhibition content is available online via exhibition brochures for without tring to be moved... and we fall like light, as well as on their Instagram accounts: @withoutbeingmoved and @wefalllikelight

Exhibition Statement

without trying to be moved…we fall like light is a two-part exhibition presenting works by students of the 2020 graduating class of the Sheridan College and University of Toronto Mississauga joint Art & Art History program. The exhibitions are curated by students of FAH451: Curating Now. Designed to be presented across two gallery spaces, the Blackwood Gallery and the e|gallery, the exhibitions were to have featured works by eighteen artists collectively exploring the space between questions and statements—navigating through the tumultuous waters of emotion and memory, and dispersing light throughout the world by reflecting on their surroundings.

we fall like light

Works by: Jasaña Alleyne, Manroop Bhogal, Sabrina Bilic, Mackenzie Boyd, Jasmine Canaviri, Samuel di Gianni, Nada Hafez, Sarah Pereux, Andrea Shen, Tina Wang

Curatorial Team:
(un)titled: Charlie Bea, James Legaspi, Coleen Mariano, Christine Pacheco, Celine Polidario, Emma Sherland, Thang Vu

The title of the exhibition’s second half, we fall like light, cites Laurie Anderson’s Transitory Life, from the artist’s album Homeland. A commentary on life in America, the album explores alienation, environmental collapse, mistrust in authority—and their impacts on human bodies and psyches. These same concerns are taken up by the ten artists in the exhibition, who work through drawing, painting, sculpture, and video to confront underlying forces shaping their world: namely, the malleability of personal experience in relation to one’s culture, contemporary environmental crises, worldwide strife, and resistance to establishment power structures.

Just as light bounces off the world and illuminates its constituent elements, organizing systems, and malfunctions, these artists shed light on the makings of their distinct life experiences. To understand how environment, inclusive of the geographic, the cultural, the political, and the natural, shape life: refraction. To inquire, to throw oneself to the wills of the world to reach new understandings: dispersion. To seek answers and voice assertions, to call attention to one’s surroundings: illumination. To disrupt, to emphasize, to bring to light: interference. To critically engage with one’s position in this new decade and all its histories, physical makings, and conditions: reflection. To enter into the world as new voices and forces of creative production: to fall like light.


This two-part exhibition is created in partial fulfillment of FAH451: Curating Now: Turning Concepts into Curatorial Projects. This course is a part of the Curatorial Studies Certificate Program in the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The exhibitions were developed with the support and guidance of Blackwood Gallery staff Alison Cooley (Assistant Curator), Saša Rajšić (Exhibition Coordinator), Fraser McCallum (Project Coordinator), Michael DiRisio (Curatorial Assistant & Collections Archivist), and Jasper Akitt and Chantal Zettel (Installation Technicians). 

Students graduating from the Art and Art History program receive both an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto Mississauga and a Diploma in Art and Art History from Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. The program is designed to provide students with a strong and diverse base of knowledge that prepares them for a broad spectrum of careers within the arts community and beyond. Alumni have pursued careers in teaching, both at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels, while others go on to earn their Masters in Studio Art or Art History. For more information please visit www.artandarthistory.ca


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