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This Exhibition is Where You'll Find Every Torontonian

An installation by a Hamilton-born artist is captivating the instagram feeds of all kinds Torontonians. Kapwani Kiwanga's solo exhibit at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery features a new body of work from the artist. 

The BAFTA-nominated artist's installation features a pink-walled hallway that leads to a hidden chamber. Halfway to the room, blue lights flood the pink walls. The exhibit is curated by Carolin Köchling. 

Kiwanga, who lives and works in Paris, brings into plain view the architectural decisions that could  affect psychology with her new work at the gallery.

The chamber at the end of the hallway features a black-walled room with a video installation, A Primer (2017).  

Images courtesy of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Images courtesy of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Torontonians really took to the walls of Kiwanga's pink-blue (2017) and soon after the exhibit opened to the public the pink walls and blue lighting started flooding the Instagrams of Toronto influencers. 

Kiwanga questions the use of architecture and colours in spaces. "The colour Baker Miller Pink is believed to reduce aggressive behaviour. Used for wall paint in various penitentiaries, it is meant to calm aggressive inmates. In public spaces, the use of fluorescent blue lights are becoming increasingly widespread; with the goal of reducing the visibility of veins on one’s arms, they aim to deter intravenous drug-users from frequenting these areas," said the curator's essay on the gallery's website.  

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The exhibit even drew comparisons to Drake's Hotline Bling music video which features similarly hued walls. 

Rowie, Sev, and Sloane, doing their best #hotlinebling @champagnepapi impression #rowieadventures #thepowerplantto

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A wall is just a wall runs from Jan. 28, 2017 to May 14, 2017 in the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at the Harbourfront Centre.