On Sunday, April 30th, from 2pm tp 4pm, Alliance française Toronto is proud to co-present the multi art event Journey to Belong as part of the 32nd annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts. 

Journey to Belong features the drag performance Sarap, the short film The Sunflower Man, and the visual exhibit My Journey on the "Pathway". These bold and beautiful works are brought together for their common thread of migrant activism, their shared investigation of the power of art to empower, express, and create change, and their connection to our deep desire to belong.

Journey to Belong features the drag performance Sarap, the short film The Sunflower Man, and the visual exhibit My Journey on the "Pathway". These bold and beautiful works are brought together for their common thread of migrant activism, their shared investigation of the power of art to empower, express, and create change, and their connection to our deep desire to belong. 

The Sunflower Man by Monica Gutierrez captures the eponymous dance by Heryka Miranda, a dance artist and scholar-activist, and Juan Luis Mendoza de la Cruz, an emerging dancer and migrant farm worker from Mexico. The dance is inspired by Heryka’s experience befriending Luis. Together they explored the lifecycle of the sunflowers at a sunflower farm where Luis works in the Niagara region. Through the method of land dancing and creative expression, Luis found comfort and relief from feelings of isolation and homesickness, often experienced by migrant farmworkers due to the precarity of their employment. A sunflower that has stood strong with the strength of her ancestors is slowly fading in the fields. A woman senses its desire to connect to the man that comes from a foreign land to take care of her. 

My Journey on the “Pathway” by Kara Manso, aka Kristina Torres, is a visual exhibit of drawings and performance props inspired by the artist's work in migrant activism and her struggles as a caregiver in the so-called "Pathway to Permanent Residency". The artist refers to this program designed by the Canadian government for live-in caregivers as the "pathway to exploitation". The robot head masks used during the 2016 World Day for Decent Work demonstration point to the reality of migrant caregivers at work who are treated like robots without feelings or dignity. In showing her personal experiences and vulnerability through her art, the artist hopes the works will empower people and give voice to the voiceless.

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Journey to Belong

Sunday April 30, 2 pm - 4 pm

Alliance Française Theatre, 24 Spadina Rd