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November 6, 2006
The City of Toronto and Toronto Life magazine announce the “face the arts” recipient for November: Luis Jacob
The City of Toronto and Toronto Life magazine, as part of Toronto’s Live With Culture campaign and Toronto Life’s 40th Anniversary celebrations, are pleased to announce visual artist Luis Jacob as the “face the arts” recipient for November. Jacob will be featured on the “face the arts” website at as well as in the November issue of Toronto Life.

About Luis Jacob

Luis Jacob is an artist living in Toronto. An artist, curator, educator, writer, organizer and activist, Jacob’s practice challenges categorization. His art production alone manifests itself as photography, sculpture, performance, artist multiples, public intervention, video and installation. Jacob’s pursuits are varied, but all are unified by his thoughtful concern for the philosophical and cultural possibilities of social interaction.

Recent solo exhibitions of his work include Habitat, Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ontario); Just Do It!, Khyber Centre for the Arts (Halifax, Nova Scotia); Flashlight, Toronto Sculpture Garden (Toronto, Ontario); Open Your Mouth and Your Mind Will Follow, which travelled to Articule, (Montreal, Quebec), Artspace Gallery (Peterborough, Ontario), AKA Gallery (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), and The New Gallery (Calgary, Alberta); and Towards a Theory, Het Wilde Weten (Rotterdam, The Netherlands).

Recent group exhibitions include Do You Think I’m Disco, Longwood Arts Center (Bronx, New York); Downtime: Constructing Leisure, New Langton Arts (San Francisco, California); Koch und Kesslau Gallery (Berlin, Germany); LTTR Explosion: Practice More Failure, Art in General (New York City); Tomorrow’s News, Gallery Hippolyte (Helsinki, Finland); Better Worlds, Agnes Etherington Arts Centre (Kingston, Ontario); Art is Activism, Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta); Voices in Transit, Cape Town Central Station (Cape Town, South Africa); and House Guests: Contemporary Art at the Grange, Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ontario).

Each month, a different photographer is chosen to create the portraits of the recipients for the pages of Toronto Life. Raina Kirn and Wilson Barry photographed Jacob for the November issue. Kirn and Barry spend most of their time shooting a variety of people, still life and travel stories. The two met in their hometown of Vancouver over 10 years ago. They separated while Kirn studied photography at Dawson College in Montreal and Barry at Langara in Vancouver, but reunited in Toronto in 2002. They have been shooting as a team ever since. Their photography includes advertising and editorial projects for a broad range of clients, including Toronto Life, Enroute, Report on Business, Ikea and Bell.

About “face the arts”

The “face the arts” program is designed to acknowledge and provide wider exposure for 10 extraordinary Toronto-based cultural mavericks who, through artistic promise, achievement or vision, have enriched the cultural life of this city now and for future generations. From March until December 2006, a different individual from diverse artistic disciplines will be featured.

Funding for “face the arts” has been provided by the City of Toronto, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Government of Canada through the Cultural Capital of Canada program. Toronto Life is a presenting sponsor of this program.

Live With Culture is a 16-month celebration of Toronto’s extraordinary arts and cultural communities, shining a spotlight on the vibrant and diverse activities happening in the city each and every day. From September 2005 until the end of 2006, Live With Culture showcases the vast scope of the city’s culture of creativity and inspires Torontonians to make culture part of their daily lives. How do you live with culture? Visit, the ultimate guide to Toronto’s culture scene.

Media contact:
Rita Davies, Executive Director, Toronto Culture, 416-397-5323



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