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.
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
Alex Sheriff, Undiscovered Man-made Islands (detail), 2016-17
Critical Distance and South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) present a free artist talk with Los Angeles-based Canadian artist and filmmaker, Alex Sheriff.
Focusing on the arbitrary division between human and natural history, Sheriff will discuss contested forms of living in the Anthropocene. He will reveal his concept of “droopy history,” born of science, pseudoscience and mythology, which he uses to navigate the space of this imagined division.
Alex Sheriff received his BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCADU before moving to New York where he received his MFA in Fine Art. He now lives in Los Angeles and works in painting, drawing, sculpture and film. www.alexsheriff.com
Two works on paper from Sheriff’s recent exhibition at Praxis Gallery (NY) are included in our current exhibition, “We Look At Animals Because,” produced in partnership with SAVAC, and curated by Toleen Touq and Nahed Mansour. A selection of sculptures is on display as well.
Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 5PM
Suite 107, Artscape Youngplace – 180 Shaw Street
Admission to both talk and gallery are free. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Building and gallery are both fully accessible.
Gazing out our third floor window at Artscape Youngplace, we’re reflecting on another whirlwind year and sending heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated, attended, and supported Critical Distance in 2017. We had such a wonderful run of exhibitions, art book fairs, and related events, all made possible by the curators, artists, and organizations we collaborated with, our board and team members working behind the scenes and on the ground/in the gallery to make it all happen, and the art book/edition buyers, funders, contributors, and audiences who help make everything seem both possible and worthwhile.