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nichola feldman-kiss

An initial aversion to the plight of the sufferer (Pietà)
3 of 8
25" x 32" framed
Estimate $2,500

Framed by Superframe

Courtesy of the artist

The ongoing, large-scale portraits of nichola feldman-kiss titled an initial aversion to the plight of the sufferer (Pietà), began in 2015 and recently showed at Nuit Blanche (Toronto). (Pietà) is a love story, a tragedy and a protest work. Described as a “direct reference to historical representations of Mary cradling the body of Christ,” the image features a young man clutching a human skeleton, which we are told is approximately the same age as the holder. feldman-kiss’ work explores ideas surrounding masculinity, race and humanity, and asks the viewer to think about what it means to care, particularly in the light of an increase in the murders of Black men, global terrorism and the Black Lives Matter movement. feldman-kiss is a Toronto based trans-disciplinary artist exploring relational interpretations of body and embodiment, citizenship and belonging, witness and traumatic memory. The artist’s practice is socially engaged and performative. feldman-kiss’ innovations of art and technology, and institutional interventions have been hosted by the National Research Council of Canada, the Ottawa Hospital Eye Institute, the Canadian Forces and the United Nations, among others. Her exhibitions have been presented across North America, Europe and the UK as well as in India. feldman-kiss holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.