Hiba Abdallah

Letters to Eatonville Library
– Book Launch & Online Artist Talk

Ontario Culture Days @ the Library

Online via Toronto Public Library’s Crowdcast platform.

October 12, 2021 at 6:30pm

Watch LIVE

Hear from artist Hiba Abdallah as she discusses her inspiration and discussed the project with Eatonville branch staff. Register here for this online artist talk.

Libraries are quiet buildings, filled to the brim with stories loud enough to reverberate into the hearts of a community. What is the meaning and possibility of libraries as beacons of community gathering, curiosity and public importance? In the process of creating an installation and book for presentation during the festival, Hiba Abdallah has been investigating the importance of Etobicoke’s Eatonville Library to its staff, community, and visitors.

Artist’s bio:
Hiba Abdallah is an artist and educator whose practice explores the structural legacies and futures of cities by researching the intersections of collaboration, communication, and disagreement as productive frameworks for re-imagining public agency.

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Letters to Eatonville Library by Hiba Abdallah

"Letters to the Eatonville Library" is a collaborative work by Hiba Abdallah that explores and celebrates Eatonville library as a beacon for community gathering and learning.

Life of a Library

Hiba Abdallah, 2021 Ontario Culture Days Creative in Residence, visited Toronto Public Library’s Eatonville branch in Etobicoke to reflect on the role of the library and its impact on staff and surrounding communities. Historically, Eatonville was once a farm owned by Peter Shaver, and the family-oriented nature of the neighbourhood still persists today. 

A Conversation with Communities: Hiba Abdallah

Kicking off the first of our Creatives in Residence profile series is Hiba Abdallah. A text and design-based artist, her work focuses on the intersections of collaboration, community and disagreement as productive frameworks for re-imagining public agency.


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Ontario and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.