to be held in two hands

Martha Street Studio is pleased to present to be held in two hands, a duo exhibition by Sonali Menezes (ON) and Snack Witch Joni Cheung (QC).

Exhibition Dates: July 12 – August 24, 2024
Closing Reception: Friday August 23, 2024 @ 5 – 8 pm

Join us for an Artist’s Demo Workshop on Saturday August 24, 2024 @ 1pm at Martha Street Studio! This demo workshop is free to attend and open to the public.

Exhibition Response by Alana MacDougall

See the full exhibition text on our site here:


It takes two,

hands to

clear off a table

wash a tower of dishes

cut a mango

serve a meal

feed others

nourish ourselves


We are reaching,

for a plate of food

for connections to the lands and waters we currently call home

to the places our ancestors cared for and flourished with


We call back

through food

patiently waiting for our voices to intertwine

over long distances


Staring at bright marigold stains

that are probably older than we are

our minds wander to meals shared with family members

While eating alone

Something we have had to learn

growing up in so-called Canada


Getting lost in the messiness

in the markings and spaces between

are our (hi)stories and relations


Snack Witch Joni Cheung and Sonali Menezes grew up eating food. Often with two hands: to pull apart a steamed bun, to rip off a piece of bhatura to dip into channa; to offer a serving, to cut a mango. Sometimes the messiness was cleaned up with a good morning towel, marks revealing the history of what food was shared.

Other times, haldi stains remain on skin, wooden spoons, and under nails. Both artists are part of Asian diasporas born here in so-called Canada, originating in Hong Kong, and Goa, India respectively.

As they navigate the in-betweenness of being settlers and second-generation immigrants, they reach back to their homelands through food. They connect to the land through taste, by eating, in gratitude, by sharing around a table.