Erika DeFreitas

to prepare for a longing, an itch

Erika DeFreitas

Co-presented by the Images Festival

Erika DeFreitas, very strongly may be sincerely fainting (a detail), 2017

January to March, 2018

April 7 – 28, 2018

Saturday, April 7 at 7PM

This exhibition is about these objects and bodies. These objects of character and marrow and bodies of her. In multiples. Of finger tips and overgrown cuticles. I suppose. A draft of a draft of how to think about what is there and what is there and not. A language for translating a pause in gesture and what history punctures and movement punctuates.

There is just so much space for these objects that sit and watch before directing. The slipping of peony petals between fingers and open wounds. All lining the mouth as a spectre. A spectre of gesture. A recital. A rewriting of scores inherited from the hands that tended gardens and those that fell limp upon rendering. Intrusions and auras. Perhaps this exhibition is about these objects and bodies.

to prepare for a longing, an itch comprises collage, video, and photography as a point of departure for exploring the artist’s interests in collecting and archiving as a means of understanding postmemory, hauntology, and the enduring presence of loss.

to prepare for a longing, an itch is co-presented by the Images Festival, April 12 – 20, 2018. For more information visit Programming support has been provided by the Toronto Arts Council.


Erika DeFreitas is a Scarborough-based multidisciplinary conceptual artist. Placing an emphasis on process, gesture and documentation, her work explores the influence of language, loss and culture on the formation of identity, with the use of textile-based works, and performative actions, which are photographed. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as Project Row Houses (Houston), Gallery 44 (Toronto), Angell Gallery (Toronto), Pollock Gallery (Dallas), Platform Centre for Photographic & Digital Arts (Winnipeg) and the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Longlisted for the 2017 Sobey Art Award, a recipient of the Toronto Friends of Visual Arts’ 2016 Finalist Artist Prize and the 2016 John Hartman Award, DeFreitas holds a Master of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto.