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02.27.19 – Novka Cosovic & Andres Bautista provide insight into the immigrant experience with “Museum II”

A team of Daniels Faculty alumni have collaborated on a new immersive art installation which seeks to provide insight into the experience of immigrants and refugees. Museum II is an installation which recreates the journey from home to a foreign land experienced by many when they first arrive in Canada. Novka Cosovic (MArch 2013) & Andres Bautista (MArch 2013) say their piece attempts to examine the intersection of architecture and trauma.

The pair first collaborated on a piece for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche in 2016 entitled Museum. “We built a pool for the festival, an empty pool that was once used as a makeshift morgue during the Yugoslavian War,” explains Cosovic. “In this new project, we're presenting an airport and bedroom for Myseum of Toronto's Intersection Festival, called Museum II. Many Torontonians had to live in functioning airports for weeks, upon arriving to Canada. Before that, they had to sleep with sounds of bullets and explosions in their own bedrooms.”

Cosovic further explains that the intent of the project was the examine the impact of conflict on the individual. “We're building these installations because we want to examine trauma from war and political conflicts, through architecture and shared experiences across Toronto's immigrant and refugee communities,” she elaborates.

Museum II is part of the Myseum of Toronto's Intersection Festival, and will be open to the public for one month (March 2 to March 29), at the Toronto Media Arts Centre (32 Lisgar Street, Toronto.) There will also be a public opening reception on Saturday March 2, between 5-7 PM at the Toronto Media Arts Centre.