TONIA DI RISIO
JUNE 19 TO JULY 13, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: Sat, June 22, 3 - 5 pm
The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present Feed, an exhibition by artist Tonia Di Risio. During the summer of 2006, Di Risio traveled to a small town in Italy and recorded a series of women preparing a variety of local dishes in their kitchens. The videos were prompted by her desire to learn family recipes from her Italian relatives in the absence of a fluent common language by observing them working and cooking in their home kitchens. The video installation Feed includes single-channel pieces as well as a multi-channel projection highlighting an edited compilation of cooking sessions which bring together generations of women through the language of food, while also examining the tradition of passing and sharing of family recipes. Di Risio’s practice has involved an investigation of gendered domesticity in relation to housekeeping, home maintenance, and interior decoration primarily through time-based media including photography, video and audio recording.
A multi media artist who lived and worked in Halifax for 15 years, Tonia Di Risio relocated to Southern Ontario in 2012. She received a BA in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College and an MFA from the University of Windsor. She has exhibited across Canada and has been the recipient of Canada Council and Nova Scotia arts grants.