Toronto Biennial of Art Podcast

Short Format: Diane Borsato

Episode Summary

Diane Borsato's "ORCHARD" is a living sculpture made up of old and eccentric varietals of apple trees, planted by Borsato at the Small Arms Inspection Building – a contemporary art and cultural space of the City of Mississauga. The work expands ideas of public art and seeks to foster enduring connectedness to land, plants, food, and one another. In this podcast, Borsato describes the tastes, textures, shapes and colours of these apple “artefacts”, reflecting on the ways in which they trace histories of migration and genealogies of flavour. On September 29, 2019, Borsato performed the apple-tasting event "YOU ARE A GOOD APPLE" to launch this public art sculpture. Short Format Series Produced by Aliya Pabani and Angela Shackel.

Episode Notes

In expanding dialogues around the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art, selected artists discuss their practice and processes in a series of short format podcasts. Interviewed artists and collectives include Adrian Blackwell, Ayumi Goto, Caroline Monnet, Diane Borsato, Isuma, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Life of a Craphead, Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak, Maria Thereza Alves, Syrus Marcus Ware, and Tsēmā Igharas.

Music: Blue Dot Sessions, The Popular Grove (2019); LUCA.

Portrait: Diane Borsato, photo by Yuula Benivolski
Work: YOU ARE A GOOD APPLE , 2019, photos by Yuula Benevolski, courtesy Toronto Biennial of Art.