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Saturday May 16th, 2015
Horner Ave. at Evans Ave, Etobicoke Ontario


Visualizing Absence: Memorializing the histories of the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital is an art research project led by Anne Zbitnew in collaboration with Ed Janiszewski and Among Friends, a Lakeshore community mental health program.

An outdoor installation/performance at the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery (at the corner of Horner and Evans Avenue, about 2 km from Humber Lakeshore) took place on Saturday, May 16, 2015.  We planted 1,511 paper lilies in the cemetery to mark the mostly unmarked graves in the cemetery. The lilies remained on display for Doors Open 2015 (May 23/24 weekend) and were removed on May 31, 2015.


May 16, 2015.  We began with a spring cemetery clean up of the grounds beginning at noon.  The installation/ performance began at 2 pm.  As we planted paper lilies in the ground, we spoke the names of each person buried in the cemetery.  


May 31, 2015.  The paper lilies, still standing tall, were removed from the cemetery.

The Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery, located at the corner of Horner and Evans Avenue.




By transit: From the Royal York Subway take the Evans 15 bus to the northeast corner of Evans Avenue and Horner Avenue.  From the Kipling Subway, take the Kipling 44 South bus to Evans Avenue. The Kipling subway and bus are accessible.  The Cemetery is a short distance east of Kipling.


By car: The Cemetery is just south of the onramp to the QEW at the corner of Evans Avenue and Horner Avenue.  There is free parking across the street on the south side of Evans Avenue.


This project was a collaborative effort between Anne Zbitnew, Ed Janiszewski and Among Friends marking and remembering every person who is buried in the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery.  1,511 paper lilies were planted in the carriageway that runs up the centre of the cemetery accompanied by a soundscape of voices that named the names as the lilies were planted. This site-specific installation/intervention/performance/art project was installed on the grounds of the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2 pm and removed on Sunday, May 31, 2015.

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