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Workshop | March 3+4 | Maha Maamoun: And What Did The Animal Say? | Presented in partnership with SAVAC

In partnership with South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) and Gallery 44, we are thrilled to bring Cairo-based artist Maha Maamoun to Toronto for a free 2-day intensive workshop culminating in an artist talk as part of SAVAC’s Views on the 4th in conjunction with We Look At Animals Because.

In Mathieu Kassovitz’s film La Haine, Vinz and Sayid walk through the clashes between police and residents in their suburb, and Vinz becomes sure he has seen a cow crossing the street. It is not clear if he is the only one who saw it, if it’s even real, a symbol of the collapse of the urban order, or possibly an omen of his imminent death.

Why look at animals? Do we use animals as symbols or proxies for other subjects? Is our interest in them driven by a desire to reach beyond the confines of our bodies, subjectivities, knowledge and practice? How are these interests or desires finally translated in our work? In this workshop, animals will be our starting point to explore the personal, the cultural and the political. By engaging with the work of a selection of contemporary writers, artists, film-makers and others who use or reflect on the use of animals in their work, this discussion-based workshop aims to explore different modes and languages of observation and how they are translated into images and texts.

— This is a rare opportunity to participate in a small group setting with international artist Maha Maamoun.
— Workshop is FREE but space is limited.
— If interested, email toleen@savac.net with a 150-word statement of intent and a link to examples of your work.
— Workshop takes place over two full days, Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4.
— Confirmed participants will receive detailed program information by the end of the week.
— Participants will be encouraged to bring an example of recent animal-related news items.
— Workshop location is The Commons on the 4th floor of the 401 Richmond building.

About the Artist
Maha Maamoun has exhibited her work internationally in biennials and exhibitions at such venues as the Sharjah Art Foundation, New Museum, Berlinale 64, Tate Modern, 9th Gwangju Biennale, Witte de With, MoMA NY, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Haus der Kunst. She is a co-founder of the independent publishing platform Kayfa-ta and a founding board member of the Contemporary Image Collective (CiC), an independent non-profit space for art and culture in Cairo.

Special thanks to Gallery 44 for partnering with us on this event. We would also like to acknowledge the support of the Toronto Arts Council for this exhibition and related events.


image: Maha Maamoun, Dear Animal (film still), 25:30 mins, 2016

Seasons Greetings from Critical Distance and 1st Annual CDCC Edition!

What a tremendous year we had in 2018! Thanks to everyone who participated in, contributed to, and attended our exhibitions and events, including: guest curators for our annual program Toleen Touq, Nahed Mansour, Cass Gardiner, Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau, Maude Johnson, and Noa Bronstein; special/partner project curators Emma German, Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys; presenting partners SAVAC, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Koffler Gallery, and Gallery 44; fair and festival partners Images Festival with ImagineNATIVE, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto Art Book Fair, and Edition Art Book Fair; project funders and supporters Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Artscape Youngplace; and all of our wonderful board, advisory, and team members; contributing designers, writers, and editors; and last but not least, our engaged and growing audiences in Toronto and around the world. Continue reading

CDCC Edition/3 featured book covers

Critical Distance at the 2018 Edition Art Book Fair

October 26–28, 2018

Critical Distance is pleased to participate in the 2018 Edition Art Book Fair, running concurrently with Art Toronto at Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For our third year at Edition, CDCC presents publications and editions from STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM (NY), CONTEMPORARY& (Berlin), INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL (NY), DOMINICA (LA), and HALF LETTER PRESS (Chicago); artist’s editions by KAYFA TA/MAHA MAAMOUN and ALA YOUNIS (Cairo), QIANA MESTRICH (Brooklyn), ED PANAR (Pittsburgh), and KHALED HOURANI (Palestine); plus two new catalogues produced in conjunction with recent exhibitions at Critical Distance. Continue reading

Critical Distance to launch two new catalogues at Edition 2018

CDCC Edition/3 featured book covers

Critical Distance is pleased to participate in the 2018 Edition Art Book Fair, running concurrently with Art Toronto at Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For our third year at Edition, CDCC presents publications and editions from STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM (NY), CONTEMPORARY& (Berlin), INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL (NY), DOMINICA (LA), and HALF LETTER PRESS (Chicago); artist’s editions by KAYFA TA/MAHA MAAMOUN and ALA YOUNIS (Cairo), QIANA MESTRICH (Brooklyn), ED PANAR (Pittsburgh), and KHALED HOURANI (Palestine); plus two new catalogues produced in conjunction with recent exhibitions at Critical Distance. Continue reading

Art Book Week at Critical Distance

July 7, 2018

Featuring Contemporary& (Berlin), Half Letter Press (Chicago), Kayfa-ta (Maha Maamoun and Ala Younis, Cairo), Independent Curators International (NY), Domenica (LA), and Maake (US); and Qiana Mestrich (Brooklyn), Khaled Hourani (Palestine), Ed Panar (Pittsburgh), Ciprian Muresan (Romania), Jeanette Ehlers (Denmark), Maggie Groat (Ontario), Sara Knox Hunter (Queens, NY), and Tings Chak (Toronto); plus a selection of catalogues and editions produced by TYPOLOGY Projects and Critical Distance Centre for Curators.

Critical Distance is pleased to participate in Art Book Week in conjunction with the 2018 Toronto Art Book Fair. For our third year of art book-related programming in support of TOABF, we will also be launching our newly stocked e-shop with a celebration and sale on Saturday, July 7th from 4–7 pm at Critical Distance. Continue reading

CDCC E-Shop Launch and Celebration

Critical Distance is pleased to participate in Art Book Week in conjunction with the 2018 Toronto Art Book Fair. For our third year of art book-related programming in support of TOABF, we will launch our newly stocked e-shop with a celebration and sale on Saturday, July 7th from 4–7 pm.

Watch our Instagram and Facebook feeds for previews of new and bestselling titles selected by CDCC team members and participants, featuring such publishers and artists as: Contemporary& (Berlin), Half Letter Press (Chicago), Kayfa-ta (Maha Maamoun and Ala Younis, Cairo), Independent Curators International (NY), Domenica (LA), and Maake (US); and Qiana Mestrich (Brooklyn), Khaled Hourani (Palestine), Ed Panar (Pittsburgh), Ciprian Muresan (Romania), Jeanette Ehlers (Denmark), Maggie Groat (Ontario), Sara Knox Hunter (Queens, NY), and Tings Chak (Toronto); plus a selection of catalogues and editions produced by TYPOLOGY Projects and Critical Distance Centre for Curators. Continue reading

Maha Maamoun, The Subduer, 2017, Inkjet print, 84 x 63 cm.

Maha Maamoun Artist

Maha Maamoun is a Cairo-­based Egyptian artist. Her work is generally interested in examining the form, function and currency of common cultural visual and literary images as an entry point to investigating the cultural fabric that we weave and are weaved into. She also works collaboratively on independent publishing and curatorial projects. She co­founded the independent publishing platform called Kayfa­ta (http://kayfa­ta.tumblr.com) in 2013. She is also a founding board member of the Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) – an independent non­profit space for art and culture founded in Cairo in 2004. http://ciccairo.com Continue reading

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CDCC+SAVAC Present: We Look At Animals Because, curated by Toleen Touq and Nahed Mansour

WE LOOK AT ANIMALS BECAUSE
January 25–March 25, 2018

Featuring Quratulain Butt, Khaled Hourani, Maha Maamoun, Smriti Mehra, Huma Mulji, Ed Panar, Alex Sheriff, and Andrea Luka Zimmerman | Curated by Toleen Touq and Nahed Mansour

In partnership with South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC), Critical Distance is pleased to present We Look At Animals Because, an exhibition that gazes on animality. Through the lens of spectatorship, the show explores the shifting ways in which animals are regarded, represented and accorded meaning in post-industrial landscapes. Exhibiting photographs, video, works on paper, and sculpture, the featured artists reveal the nuanced, complicated and unexpected paradoxes that mark our relationships with cosmopolitan animals.

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WE LOOK AT ANIMALS BECAUSE

January 25–March 25, 2018

Featuring Quratulain Butt, Khaled Hourani, Maha Maamoun, Smriti Mehra, Huma Mulji, Ed Panar, Alex Sheriff, and Andrea Luka Zimmerman | Curated by Toleen Touq and Nahed Mansour

In partnership with South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC), Critical Distance is pleased to present We Look At Animals Because, an exhibition that gazes on animality. Through the lens of spectatorship, the show explores the shifting ways in which animals are regarded, represented and accorded meaning in post-industrial landscapes. Exhibiting photographs, video, works on paper, and sculpture, the featured artists reveal the nuanced, complicated and unexpected paradoxes that mark our relationships with cosmopolitan animals. Continue reading

Winter 2018 Billboard on Shaw, "Ego" by Quratulain Butt, from We Look at Animals Because, curated by Nahed Mansour and Toleen Touq, Critical Distance Centre for Curators, 2018. Installation documentation by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Billboard on Shaw: Quratulain Butt | Ego

January 25–March 25, 2018

In partnership with South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC), Critical Distance is pleased to present the Winter 2018 Billboard on Shaw, featuring work by Quratulain Butt curated by Toleen Touq and Nahed Mansour as part of the exhibition We Look At Animals Because.

Growing up with roosters as pets, this motif appears frequently in Butt’s paintings. Originally created using delicate watercolor strokes in the Gadrang (opaque) miniature painting technique, the artist presents figures of brawling roosters as stand-ins for human conflict. Butt also draws, perhaps comically, on the pressures of conformity that come with family and tradition. For this exhibition, an enlarged and digitized version of the original Ego painting was commissioned from the artist for the eight-foot square billboard structure. Continue reading