- 1 Overview of TOKA
- 2 Art fanatic?
- 3 Can you explain where the name Toka comes from?
- 4 Can you tell us about the work you’ll be presenting at Affordable Art Fair Brussels 2020? Will it be the first time Toka presents something to a public?
- 5 How high is Shakur Stevenson’s ceiling in 2021?
- 6 What are you hoping to achieve with your collective?
- 7 What are your plans for Toka after Affordable Art Fair Brussels?
- 8 What questions do you have about the Valley and the state we call home?
- 9 Who is Ebisu?
- 10 Why do you choose to keep your identities hidden?
- 11 History of TOKA
Overview of TOKA
• High participant re-applications – >50% of participants from one program have applied for another TOKA program.
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Can you explain where the name Toka comes from?
Toka is reversed-slang for “catho” coming from “Catholique”.
Can you tell us about the work you’ll be presenting at Affordable Art Fair Brussels 2020? Will it be the first time Toka presents something to a public?
The crucifix and the body of Christ, universal symbols of religious culture, will be central to our work at Affordable Art Fair Brussels.It will be our main source of inspiration and therefore ideal for the first creative presentation by Toka to the public.
How high is Shakur Stevenson’s ceiling in 2021?
He landed 151 punches, including 64 body shots.Stevenson landed more body shots than Kahn Clary (28-3, 1 NC, 19 KOs) landed total punches (48) throughout the fight.Kahn Clary absorbed combinations from Stevenson in almost every round, while landing only 9% of his punches.
What are you hoping to achieve with your collective?
Our aim is to address challenging and provoking nuances related to religion, transforming the meaning behind antique texts and iconic crucifixes, without altering them.Our artistic approach is philosophical, spiritual and conceptual, not political.We don’t want to fall into gothic, irreverent or disrespectful representations of religion.It’s about questioning our past and creating links with modern ideologies that underlie modern culture, like capitalism or environmentalism, which operate with the same codes as religion with spiritual masters, Saints and a “faith book”.
What are your plans for Toka after Affordable Art Fair Brussels?
Our future work will be presented in multiple verses.Through each verse we want to decode the traits of modern religions and ideologies such as capitalism, environmentalism, scientism, while keeping Christianity and antique objects as our main source of inspiration.
What questions do you have about the Valley and the state we call home?
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Who is Ebisu?
Ebisu is one of the Shichifukujin, the Seven Lucky Gods of Japanese folklore, who are traditionally associated with the New Year.He is however, the only one of these gods whose story is homegrown Japanese.The other six gods all originate from China and India.You can see the image of Ebisu dotted around the shrine, whether in stone carvings or on the various goods on sale.He is always shown laughing and he often holds a rod and fish, usually a red bream which is associated with celebration.The story of Ebisu is particularly inspiring, as he wasn’t born lucky and he overcame much hardship to become one of Japan’s most popular gods.
The make-up of our collective will be variable and will evolve depending on future projects and technical needs for achieving our ideas and artistic pieces.Additionally, just as in religion, icons and identities of protagonists are represented differently depending on interpretations, symbols or sacred texts.So, it’s important that the members of the collective remain as mystic and metaphysical as religion itself is.