Italian Lessons

Relational performance/ photographs
Treviso and Toronto, 2009 - 2011


I have always found conventional language courses to be tedious. I decided to try to study a second language indirectly, while trying to learn something else. I arranged to have lessons in various practical subjects, including
ping-pong, salsa dancing, basic first aid, and beekeeping, entirely in Italian.

I invited a graduating physics student to give me an intensive lesson on the subject of primordial black holes, entirely in Italian.

Special thanks to Riccardo Borsato, Claudio Nasato, Andre Gastaldini, Sebastiano DiPrima, Alessandro Leone, and Pipo Privitera for lessons, and to Amish Morrell, Edoardo and Alessandra Borsato for photographic assistance.

The lessons took place in various locations, including Mississauga, Toronto, Treviso, and Zafferana Etnea, Italy from 2009-2011.

Exhibition History
  • Doris McCarthy Gallery, You Speak, I Dance, University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Group show curated by Nam In Kim, 2015, Toronto, Canada
  • AGYU, Terrestrial / Celestial and Walking Studio, curated by Emelie Chhangur , Spring 2012, Toronto
  • Articule Gallery, Terrestrial/Celestial, Presented as part of Mois de la Photo, curated by Anne-Marie Ninacs, Fall 2011, Montreal, Canada
  • Mercer Union, The Chinatown Foray, Solo exhibition, main space, Fall 2009, Toronto