Nathalie Quagliotto

For this solo exhibition, artist Nathalie Quagliotto continues her investigation of discarded, abandoned, and discontinued children’s objects in the show PARKS & WRECK, presenting photography, video, and a sign work surrounding disturbing images of play and playgrounds.

Quagliotto presents new photographs from the Neglected series, an ongoing photographic documentary series questioning the visible maintenance problems of parks and playground equipment in low-income neighborhoods.  The series provides unsettling images of playgrounds that have outdated safety regulations and a clear lack of public safety concern.  These have been compiled within the previous two years from travels across Canada and focus specifically on areas in Quebec and in Manitoba.

Swing Secrets is a new video work on deviant and delinquent activities and behaviors in public playgrounds at night.  Focusing on the swing set, Quagliotto uses video to capture the illicit nature surrounding this otherwise innocent children’s object.  The playground reveals itself as a site of secrecy, maturity, and trespassing hidden in the darkness.

Loose Change is a reconfigured discontinued late twentieth century metal road and park sign featuring a silhouette of a child playing with a ball in the street. By changing the ball into a coin, the sign humorously and conceptually flirts with the idea of a child playing with money, as money is a central component to the questionable financial status surrounding the upkeep and change of low-income area playgrounds.

Nathalie Quagliotto is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist based in Toronto. Her installation based practice involves reconfiguring everyday pre-fabricated childish public objects associated with disuse, strict social regulations, safety, and risk.  She focuses on proximity, placement and color to the point where she disrupts and alters the social significance and usage of the object.  She received a MFA from the University of Waterloo in 2009 and a BFA from Concordia University in 2007.  She has shown nationally and internationally.  Her work is in various private and public collections in North America, such as the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Michigan.  She has been featured in installation art magazines, such as "ESPACE sculpture" and is a grant recipient from the Toronto Arts Council as well as the Ontario Arts Council of Canada.

Ontario Arts Council 50th Anniversary logoNathalie Quagliotto would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.