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Until the Last Breath


Fri, Jan 18, 2019 — Sun, Jan 27, 2019





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Artscape Youngplace, 2nd Floor Hallway Gallery

180 Shaw Street



Reception: Thu, Jan 17, 6-9pm

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A participatory art exhibition, ‘Until the Last Breath’ is demystifying and reimagining death and dying and end-of-life care, by questioning and deeply exploring current care experiences, asking — what is truly important at the end of life?

Between 2010 and 2026, the annual number of deaths in Canada will increase by 40%. They say that for every death, about five people are affected in that experience, that’s more than 2 million people affected by death in the next decade.

Although 75% of Canadians would prefer to die at home, almost the same percentage are dying in hospital instead. The care provided at the end of life is not matching what Canadians want — how is this possible?

As Benjamin Franklin would say, “There are two certainties in life; death and taxes.” Are Canadians avoiding the conversation about the inevitable?

No matter the culture, spiritual belief, or value system, care is a universal touchpoint and inevitable entry point to end-of-life discussions.

What matters to those receiving, providing, and supporting end-of-life care? What is unsaid? What if they were heard?

‘Until the Last Breath’ explores themes such as communication, perception of time, family and caregivers, memories and grieving through interactive, digital, and participatory installations. The exhibition immerses visitors in the personal stories of artists who have been impacted by experiences of death and dying, and invites people to reflect on their own experiences and consider — what is truly important at end of life?


Series Description

We are all going to die, so why not talk about it? ‘Dying.’ an event series, explores death through the lens of design and art, running during the DesignTO Festival.

‘Dying.’ is in fact about living, living with the human experience of dying; What aren’t we talking about? What matters at end-of-life? Bringing together perspectives from families, caregivers, clinicians, and research to spark public conversation through community creation and interactive experiences. The series invites us to think about our relationship with death and dying as an individual, a member of a family, social network and as a human being in society. Let’s get comfortable with the uncomfortable and start talking about what truly matters.

‘Dying.’ presented by Taboo Health and OCAD University’s Design Studio, is taking place at four exhibits across three locations including public talks and hands on activities in Toronto, January 18-27, 2019.

‘Dying.’ Series
– Before I Die… – click here
– Constellations: Exploring the family experience of death & dying – click here
– Death and Dying Discussions – click here
– DIYing Free – click here
– Ghost Stories – click here
– Time Moving – Exhibition – click here
– Time Moving – Workshop – click here
– Until the Last Breath – click here

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Bryn Ludlow, Lucien Durey, Helen Zajkowski, Kate Wilkes, Karen Oikonen, Robin Pacific, Kate Sellen, Katrina Pruss, Corbett Fogue