Elephant in the Room

About


ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM is a collective of Toronto artists who are / were caregivers to family members, partners, and the community at large.


Love 444 written in red on metal box attached to white brick wall

Mandate

We create experiential, collaborative works to:

  • Bring visibility to the hidden labour of caregiving
  • Highlight society’s lack of value for the unwell and the aging
  • Explore social issues that affect caring in crisis
  • Share the ways that caregiving impacts a caregiver's day-to-day life

Inspired by General Idea’s AIDS art projects and the BLM art activism movement, our aim is to engage with everyday people, health-care providers, the arts community, and social justice workers through pop-up exhibitions, public works, and collaboration with other artists.

History

Launched in 2022, the core collective is comprised of visual, performance, and media artists:

  • Brenda Joy Lem
  • Charmaine Lurch
  • docuvixen
  • Gareth Bate
  • Louise Liliefeldt
  • Karen Miranda Augustine (founder)