Invisible Footprints 0.2: Deep Cuts visualizes and documents the lived experiences of Toronto’s queer and trans East and Southeast Asians. Organized by Mezart Daulet, artists Aries Cheung, Heidi Cho, Vince Ha and Khanh Tudo have developed this multimedia exhibition through community-based intergenerational art-making at The 519.Despite the vibrancy of queer and trans Asian life, these lived experiences are repeatedly sidelined or rendered invisible within the greater local narratives. Indeed, queer and trans Asian life in Toronto has always occupied shapes and circumstances beyond what is documentable.
Invisible Footprints celebrates and preserves these lived experiences. Spawned from ARROW, an art installation by Vince Ha, this ongoing community art and archive project, founded by Rice Roll Productions, revisits the footprints of artists, activists, academics, and groups like Asian Lesbians of Toronto and Gay Asians of Toronto to illuminate marginalized histories.
Following Invisible Footprints 0.1: Art and Archives Exhibition (Open Space Gallery, October 2017), Deep Cuts explores personal micro-stories often hidden deep within our bodies, nightmares, and experiences of pleasure. For the exhibition, over forty community members documented their nuanced lived experiences through clay making and facilitated dialogue.