SESSION: ma ma

28 June 2021 6pm

As part of their program ma ma | in residence, Heather Rigg and Magdalyn Asimakis lead a workshop on speculative writing. This program will encourage participants to imagine the future of arts institutions through new forms of writing and critique. This will be a collective exercise for writers at all levels.

Admission to this online event is free; we encourage you to register in advance. Live captioning will be provided. This event will not be recorded.

ma ma is a curatorial collective and roving art space founded by Magdalyn Asimakis and Heather Rigg in 2018. ma ma is interested in how embodied experience and knowledge can be articulated in multiple media. They have curated several exhibitions and programs in Toronto–with local and international artists and curators–exploring how power structures and social infrastructures are built and navigated. They are currently working on two forthcoming publications: A Big Heritage With A Glorious Past (with Critical Distance Centre for Curators), and ma ma at The Table: A Diasporic Cookbook (with Art Metropole and Brittany Shepherd). More information about ma ma is available at

Magdalyn Asimakis is a curator and writer. Her practice explores embodied experience in relation to Western display practices and methods of knowing. She has organized exhibitions and programs in Toronto and New York, and is currently a PhD student at Queen’s University. Previously, she was a 2016-17 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and has worked at the AGO and Wedge Curatorial Projects.

Heather Rigg is a curator and writer. She is the inaugural Curatorial Resident of the artist-run centre Gallery TPW in Toronto. She is interested in transgressing what artist-run culture can be, and in giving artists a platform to challenge the oppressive frameworks we exist in. Research interests include institutional critique, migration, and womxn’s labour. Previously she was the Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography. An interview she conducted with Berlin + Toronto based artist Stephanie Comilang, entitled “I am the colour of burnt pineapple, mango, lemon” can be found in issue 142 of C Magazine.

SESSION is a project modelling itself after an incubator that invites cultural practitioners to engage with questions that emerge out of a given exhibition.

SESSION is made possible with Leading Support from TD Bank Group