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CARE | Part of the "Four Conversations on a Changing World Between Canada and Italy" Series



CARE | Part of the

Wednesday, October 14 | 12:30pm EDT


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and an effective vaccine and/or treatment have yet to be found, the world economy is the most fragile it has been in recent memory. Many people who were already marginalized or living precariously are now at high risk of being left behind completely. What does care mean in today’s world? A discussion with architect Simone Sfriso of TAMassociati and The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery director Gaëtane Verna, moderated by Sascha Hastings.


SIMONE SFRISO | Architect, Professor

2020 10 14 sfriso simone 3 websiteBorn in London UK in 1966, awarded Master Degree 110/110 summa cum laude in Architecture at the University of Architecture of Venice IUAV. From 1999 to 2006 he has collaborated in teaching in the department of Urban Planning of IUAV Venice. Since 2018 he is member of the Cluster for Sustainable Cities - Portsmouth School of Architecture. Since 2020 he is visiting professor at the School of Architecture - University of Portsmouth, adjunct Professor ay the University of Padua and visiting professor at ENSTP Yaoundé Cameroon. He has been appointed Italian Design Ambassador for 2019 by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Simone Sfriso is co-principal and co-founder of TAMassociati, an Italian team of architects, engineers and researchers, whose building solutions worldwide improve lives, strengthen communities and provide creative responses to climate change: combining high quality with affordability. The firm’s design ethos can be summed up as, Innovative design for Impact. Internationally, TAMassociati works on sustainable and socially equitable architecture. The office has won widespread recognition and numerous prizes. In 2013 it received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the excellence represented by the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Sudan, the international Ius- Capocchin prize for construction of the world’s most sustainable paediatric hospital (Port Sudan) and the Curry Stone Design Prize for the overall sustainability (social and environmental) of recent projects built in different parts of the world. In 2014 the practice won the Zumtobel Group Award for innovation and sustainability. TAM was named Italian Architect of the year for 2014 “for its ability to enhance the ethical dimension of the profession.” Currently TAMassociati is working in Rwanda, Uganda, Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal and Italy.

GAËTANE VERNA | Director, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

2020 10 14 verna gaetane 1Gaëtane Verna has been the Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery since 2012. Previously, she was Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d’art de Joliette (2006–2012). From 1998 to 2006, she was the curator of the Foreman Art Gallery at Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, while also teaching in the Art History department of both Bishop’s University and the Université du Québec à Montréal. Gaëtane Verna holds an International Diploma in Heritage Administration and Conservation from the Institut National du Patrimoine in Paris, France, and received a DEA and a Master’s degree in Art History from the Université Paris I Panthéon- Sorbonne. Verna gas years of experience in arts administration, curating, publishing catalogues and organizing and presenting exhibitons by emerging, mid-career and established Canadian and international artists, including: Terry Adkins, John Akomfrah, Vasco Araújo, Fiona Banner, Ydessa Hendeles, Alfredo Jaar, Luis Jacob, Kimsooja, Yam Lau, Oswaldo Maciá, Javier Tellez, Denyse Thomasos, Bill Viola, YOUNG HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES and Franz Erhard Walther, to name just a few. She is the President on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Arts Council. In 2017, she was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) by the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Canada to spotlight and recognize her significant contribution to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.



hastings sascha 1Sascha Hastings is a Toronto-based curator, arts producer, writer and editor. She was a Producer on the CBC Radio national programs The Arts Tonight, The Next Chapter, Wachtel on the Arts, and Writers & Company and the inaugural Curator of Cambridge Galleries Design at Riverside. More recently she has worked on several Canada Pavilion exhibitions at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and in 2016 she was Co-Curator and Co-Director of The Evidence Room at the Biennale’s central exhibition, which traveled to the ROM in Toronto and the Hirshhorn in Washington, DC. Hastings has edited and co-written several books, including Logotopia: The Library in Architecture, Art and the Imagination, The Evidence Room and Building a Northern Design Culture: The Creation of the McEwen School of Architecture. She is currently curating an installation for the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Alessandro Ruggera
Director, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto

alex 3 finSoon after the outbreak first hit China, Italy and the world, it became clear that it was not to be a temporary, superficial disruption. The drastic measures of containment and the strict lockdown imposed by the authorities in order to limit the spread of the virus, as well as the constant exposure to the threat of an invisible danger, have forced us all to abruptly and radically modify our social and daily life habits. Social relationships, work environments, use of public spaces, all the different aspects of our lives have suddenly changed in a way that would have once seemed inconceivable. A moment of serious reflection and thought is necessary in order to start drafting a new theoretical framework to respond to the transformations.

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto has called upon eight thinkers, each in different fields, to reflect upon the changes and transformations imposed on our lives by the effects of the pandemic.

Together with curators Sascha Hastings and Francesca Molteni, we have chosen to focus on four key concepts: Void / Body / Breath / Care. The Italian and Canadian thinkers will each discuss the transformation from their own perspective as it relates to their individual field of expertise. Using these four concepts as metaphorical cardinal directions, our hope is that the outcome of the discussions will give us a sense of direction as we navigate through this collective experience.





Data: Mer 14 Ott 2020

Orario: Dalle 12:30 alle 13:30

Organizzato da : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Ingresso : Libero