PROGRAMMING: Never See Come See Dinner with Rea McNamara

Never See Come See Dinner with Rea McNamara
Thursday, March 5, 6:30-8:30PM
Trinity Square Video, 401 Richmond Street West

As part of “Traversal” Residency Program, artist-in-resident Lorena Salomé will be preparing a very special dinner with Rea McNamara.

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In 1988, the first edition of The Naparima Girls’ High School Cookbook was published by its Alumnae Association. Originally conceived as a Silver Jubilee fundraiser in support of the building fund for the reputable San Fernando school — which counts author Dionne Brand as one of its notable alumni – it’s widely considered the “cooking bible” for Trinidadians and Tobagonians at home and abroad. Working with recipes from its first and revised 2002 edition, Rea McNamara will prepare dishes that reflect her ongoing “Never See Come See” grasp of her Trini heritage.

The daughter of a Trinidadian mother and Canadian father, Rea McNamara has long been preoccupied with the ways in which otherness and hybridity manifest in material and screen-based cultures. In 2009, McNamara published the essay “Never See Come See: Toronto’s Trini Roti” for Coach House Books’ The Edible City anthology, exploring how food as a form of sustenance and belonging is shared and exchanged between first and second generation.


Currently a writer, curator and public programmer, Rea McNamara has curated multidisciplinary projects for
The Gardiner Museum, The Wrong Digital Art Biennale, and the Drake Hotel, and founded the limited-run art party series Sheroes (2011-2012), which engaged with the collaborative process of fandom culture through music, performance, installation and internet-based art. Her work has been presented at The Whitney Museum of American Art, the AGO, Nuit Blanche Toronto, and Moogfest. In addition to her art and curatorial practice, McNamara has written on art, culture and the internet for The Globe and Mail, Canadian Art, The FADER, VICE, Art F City, NOW Magazine, The Outline, BLOUIN ARTINFO, and more.


Traversal is a series of artist residencies dedicated on providing Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) artists and designers with a research opportunity that is situated within both an academic setting and (Canadian) artist-run center.Traversal Residency is co-presented by the Public Visualization Lab and Trinity Square Video, and is supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.