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___a lineage of transgression___

Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Jamilah Malika Abu-Bakare

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.

enawendewin/relationships

Curated by William Kingfisher

Gallery 1 / Gallery 2
Nov 1 - Dec 14, 2019

Please join Artspace on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 6 – 9 pm for the opening of enawendewin/relationships, an exhibition of work by Anong Migwans Beam, Ron Benner, Jennifer Cole, David Deleary, and Lisa Myers.

enawendewin/relationships looks to the ancestral gardens of the Anishinaabe as inspiration and as a practical organizing principle for growing gardens today. The gardens created over the spring and summer 2019 were active participants in this project, rather than plots of land acted upon without their consideration.

BAIT

Couzyn van Heuvelen


Sep 13 - Oct 19, 2019

Please join us for the opening reception of Couzyn van Heuvelen’s exhibition BAIT on September 13, 2019, at 6 pm. The opening will coincide with a publication launch that is co-produced by the Owens Art Gallery and features writing by Ryan Rice and Camille Georgeson-Usher and Bryan Winters. The night will also coincide with the launch of Inuit Art Quarterly's Fall 2019 issue. Copies of both the publication and magazine will be available for purchase. 

Couzyn van Heuvelen’s work is a reinterpretation and reimagining of Inuit hunting and fishing implements. The sculptural works draw upon the artist’s relationship to Inuit tradition and land-based material culture and technology. Through his artistic process, the artist manipulates material - aluminum, glass, steel -  to elaborate and distinguish the unique aesthetics and creative currency derived from utilitarian objects that define the maker. BAIT is a platform for the artist to further investigate his relationships and lived experience of his culture and identity through rendered artworks related to Inuit survival and sovereignty.

A GUEST A HOST A GHOST

Krista Belle Stewart

Gallery 1 / Gallery 2
Mar 8 - Apr 18, 2019

Please join us for the opening reception of Krista Belle Stewart's exhibition of new work on Friday, March 8, 2019, from 7 to 10 pm.

Structured around installation and video work developed by Stewart during the artist's current residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany. This project initially began with Stewart’s 2018 exhibition of the same name at YYZ Artists’ Outlet in Toronto, ON, this iteration of the exhibition functions as an ongoing exploration to Stewart's connection to land and territory – specifically her family’s land in Spaxomin (Douglas Lake, BC).

Star Song

Alice Olsen Williams

Gallery 1 / Gallery 2
Jan 12 - Feb 16, 2019

Please join us for the opening reception of Alice Olsen Williams’ exhibition Star Song on January 12th from 1 - 4 pm. At 2 pm join us for an Artist Talk with Alice Olsen Williams and Caroline Langill.

For close to four decades Alice’s distinctive quilt making style has been grounded in the traditional skills of beadwork and sewing of the Anishinaabe people, and the unique symbols and themes of her culture. Alice sees her practice and labour as a connection to the work of women that has been done, and is still being done, through the ages and across cultures.

‘Cause I work so hard to make it everyday

Melissa General


Nov 2 - Dec 15, 2018

A large-scale multimedia work, ‘Cause I work so hard to make it everyday is inspired by a cassette recording of the artist and her cousins as children, she listened through the old cassettes of playing, singing and giggling. Focusing on her sister’s childhood rendition of the Pointer Sisters 1980s hit Neutron Dance (1983), General mixes this with location sound from Six Nations to create a textured layering of soundscapes. These tapes are audio documents of her childhood spent at her Uncle Dave’s house playing with her cousins. At that time their worlds were safe and encompassed the reserve surrounded by family and community. An understanding of movement between belonging and not belonging is a major pursuit symbolized or emblemized in General’s work, as her sense of home is porous to the social factors of moving between Toronto and the reserve.

Join us for Melissa General's Artist Talk on Friday, December 14 at 7pm. Reception to follow.

Tensions

Amy Malbeuf

Gallery 1
Sep 14 - Oct 20, 2018

Join us on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 7 pm for the opening reception of Amy Malbeuf's exhibition Tensions.

future generations

Tsēmā Igharas

Gallery 1
May 25 - Jul 14, 2018

future generations is an exhibition that considers the role of Indigenous futurity as a tool of survival and survivance. The work is rooted in artist Tsēmā Igharas’ understanding and embodiment of Tāłtān culture and tradition, alongside objects and materials firmly rooted in Western settler culture. Using Potlatch methodology - a ceremony of reciprocation and nation building, in which every performance of artmaking is a “ceremony that affirms and solidifies relationships to every thing and body” – Igharas challenges the colonial value systems and measurements of land and natural resources, and the impact these systems have on the cultural practices of Indigenous peoples and nations. future generations presents strategies and gestures of resistance to forms of neo-colonization – what the viewer may come to understand as acts of decolonization - and imagines possible future(s) for Indigenous peoples to exist within. Through the work in future generations Igharas encourages methods of care – for the land, and our bodies – that become modes of resistance for past/present/future generations.