Gallery 1 / Gallery 2
Jan 10 - Feb 22, 2020
Curated by Liz Ikiriko
___a lineage of transgression___ explores language as a tool to challenge the limitations of systemic definitions of Blackness and womanhood. As writers, poets, teachers and creators - Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Jamilah Malika Abu-Bakare - use film, audio, photocopies, collage and text to play with the materiality of words. Continuing subversive traditions practiced by noted feminist writers such as nikki giovanni, Octavia Butler, Ntozake Shange, Audre Lorde to contemporaries Dionne Brand, M. NourbeSe Philip and Christina Sharpe - both artists use voice, revision, redaction and annotation to expand and dismantle singular interpretations of Blackness. What happens when we free language from the page and allow it to become spatial, audible or sculptural? What does that teach us about words that attempt to define and contain us? The artists work are inherently bound to a lineage of makers who have provided the speculative blueprint for deconstructing monolithic notions of identity and representation.
Artspace takes pride in honouring the annual celebration of Black History Month with this exhibition. On February 15 a symposium will take place that includes a panel discussion with the artists and celebrated writer/poet M. NourbeSe Philip along with a workshop hosted by Kameelah Janan Rasheed. Along with the public programming, the creation of a published catalogue will mark this seminal moment in the history of the city. More information will be available soon.
___a lineage of transgression___ is generously supported by TD Bank Group.
Gallery 1 / Gallery 2
Mar 6 - Apr 18, 2020
Curated by Tiffany Schofield
Abundance is a new project by Shellie Zhang featuring sculptural, photographic and installation-based works. The exhibition combines visual cues from imagery of plentiful fruit in produce advertisements and cultural rituals as a metaphor for the dreams and labour that extends across oceans and generations. Abundance is a cyclical reflection on two actions: The artist’s relatives bringing her pieces of cut fruit in her youth, and her leaving fruit offerings at their graves.
The project is accompanied by Bulaklak, a performance for the camera by Maria Patricia Abuel. Abuel enacts a ritual of preparing and devouring 100 mango flowers, a fruit which grounds her in familial and cultural histories. A personal meditation on matriarchal roles and sacrifices, the artist honours and reclaims the traditions she’s inherited.
May 22 - Jul 11, 2020
Curated by gijiit (Adrienne Huard and Lindsay Nixon)
This exhibition explores the ways in which Two Spirit, trans, and Indigiqueer artists enact queer futures to think about ethics, consent, and relationships. By engaging with kink, we [gijiit] use it as a tool for seeking decolonial love and kinship. Participating artists include Dayna Danger, Nico Williams, Arielle Twist, Lacie Burning, Kablusiak, and RJ Jones.
Sep 18 - Oct 24, 2020
Curated by Hannah Keating
This solo exhibition features new works by emerging artist Alexis Bulman. Informed by the artist's Scoliosis and ongoing research in access-related tools, models for curating access, and accessible web interfaces, it includes sculptures, installation, and performance that interrogate the very walls of institutional spaces. Bulman ponders new possibilities for spaces and materials, introducing flexibility in unexpected places.
Nov 6 - Dec 19, 2020
Organized by Bennett Bedoukian
The Hidden Anatomy brings together the disassociated. The elements of work, practice, repetition, and experimentation that are done behind closed doors are brought to the forefront. It is an exposition of how and why choices are made and presented. This is not a negation of the past; this is a drawing out. An examination. Accepting our failures, and moving through them. This is a negation of mediocrity. An acceptance of learning. A willingness to listen.