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HELD hero image features mosaic by Kou and sculpture by Camilleri

HELD is a multi-sensory exhibition by Anna Camilleri and Wy Joung Kou, composed of multiple works within a shared ecosystem including: ceramic and glass mosaic, installation, pebble mosaic sculpture, video, audio, and interaction. Reimagining the gallery as a co-created and invitational space, HELD asks: What futures await our queer, disabled bodies? What sustainable futures can we co-create together? 

Presented by Tangled Arts + Disability in partnership with ReDefine Arts. Supported by the Ontario Arts Council & Toronto Arts Council.

On at Tangled Art + Disability (401 Richmond St) from November 17, 2023 - January 26, 2024.




Wy Joung Kou is an interdisciplinary artist based in Treaty 13 Territory, Toronto. Their body of work spans mosaic, video, sound, movement, performance, poetry, and installation. Grounded in a disability justice framework centering accessibility, relationship and interdependence, their artistic practice intertwines the digital and the analog; the public and the personal; the sensory-based and the story-based.


Kou’s educational trajectory as a professional artist has followed a path combining mentorship and community-models of learning, skill exchange, and collaborative process. Their independent mosaic work has exhibited at The Gladstone Hotel, the ArQuives, Critical Distance Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, DesignTO Festival, and Tangled Arts + Disability Gallery. Permanent public art credits include a mosaic commission for the North York Women's Shelter in 2020 and lead design for a permanent outdoor mosaic mural, produced by ReDefine Arts, at Street Health in 2018. Kou has created and presented interdisciplinary collaborative work online, in-person, and through hybrid means with Nightwood Theatre (The Transformations Project), Caminos Festival (The Mermaid Project), Toronto Queer Film Festival, and Creative Users Projects (CRIP INTERIORS). Over the course of a decade (2015 - 2024), they had the great privilege of working in many capacities as an artist and arts worker with ReDefine Arts in the realms of community-engaged art, public art, installation, video & audio storytelling, theatre, mosaic, and more.


Kou has been drumming with RAW Taiko since 2017, performing regularly with the ensemble both locally and internationally. Embracing taiko as a catalyst for self-discovery, they have been curiously finding their footing as a taiko teacher and emerging composer. 



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