Pressure Island
The Lake, Art Metropole Editions, Toronto, 2014.
Edited by Maggie Groat

Pressure Island is a lyrical re-enactment of the circumstances leading to the attempted eviction of Toronto Island residents in the summer of 1980, an event known as “The Day of the Bridge.” Maryse Larivière's rewriting underlines the poetics of the oppressed in the Islanders' performance, transforming a moment in political history into a kind of collective artistic intervention. Through the intricate collage of textual sources and interviews, Pressure Island amplifies the historical and current Islanders' voices up to a crescendo, setting a tone fitting to the events it aims to re-imagine.

Pressure Island is a commission for The Lake, an artist's book edited by Maggie Groat and published by Art Metropole. The Lake is an alternative body of research about the lake, including contributions from: James Algie, Gina Badger, Diane Borsato, Joseph Boyden, Jennifer Castle, Sarah Cullen, Dana Fountain, Maggie Groat, April Hickox, Elle Kurancid, Tiziana La Melia, Maryse Lariviere, Leisure (Meredith Carruthers & Susannah Wesley), Jimmy Limit, Duane Linklater, Tegan Moore, Julie Nagam, Parker Branch, Simon Pope, Sandra Rechico, Ann Sanderson, Simon Starling, cheyanne turions.

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