Critical Distance is pleased to participate in hosting Taboo Health’s interactive exhibition DIYing Free, a project by artist Justin Tyler Tate as part of the 2019 edition of DesignTO Festival. Tate’s open source cardboard coffin sits before rows of chairs within the gallery, welcoming visitor use. In this speculative piece, we ask: can we promote a process of death which uses design, technology, and recycled materials for a more ecological practice of grieving? We can’t avoid dying but we can be more ecologically conscious at the end of life – we can D-I-Y.
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9th from 2–4 pm
Curated by Neven Lochhead and presented in partnership with SAW Video Media Art Centre, Ottawa. Featuring work by naakita feldman-kiss, Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Henry Andersen, Mara Eagle, Phil Rose, Molly Teitelbaum, Anna Queen, and The Video in the Public Sphere Working Group.
In partnership with SAW Video Media Art Centre (Ottawa), Critical Distance is pleased to present Public Syntax, an exhibition that highlights the distinct time-based practices and approaches of seven artists, as well as those participating in the Video in the Public Sphere Working Group, the majority of whom are either Ottawa-based or connected. Situated in-gallery at Critical Distance and across multiple public spaces at Artscape Youngplace, the works in the exhibition embody and expand upon the recent and ongoing programming initiatives of SAW Video and their Knot Project Space, launched in early 2018.
In partnership with Aboriginal Curatorial Collective–Collectif des commissaires autochtones, Critical Distance is pleased to present FORWARD FACING, a Featured Exhibition of the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Curated by Cass Gardiner (Toronto/Brooklyn), FORWARD FACING is an exhibition that examines intersectionality within Indigenous identity through the photographic, video, craft, and installation practices of Dayna Danger (Montreal), Lacie Burning (Vancouver), and Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter (Calgary).
Opening Weekend Events
Saturday, April 21 from 2-4 pm
FORWARD FACING Reception with Curator’s Talk
Please join us in the gallery (Suite 302 at Artscape Youngplace) for a very special reception with Toronto/Brooklyn-based curator Cass Gardiner, featuring a tour of the exhibition followed by beverages and bites courtesy of Pow Wow Cafe. Stay for artists’ performance at 5 pm.
Saturday, April 21 starting at 5 pm
Performance featuring DAYNA DANGER, LACIE BURNING, and KANDACE PRICE
Three collaborators negotiate time, boundaries, and songs. Starting location to be announced at the opening.
Sunday, April 22 from 2-4 pm
Bike Tube Flogger-Making Workshop with DAYNA DANGER
Make your own mini flogger from rubber bike tubes in this PWYC hands-on workshop with Dayna Danger. Materials will be provided. Space is limited so please contact us at rsvp (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca to inquire/register. Location to be confirmed upon registration.
In partnership with Gallery 44, we are pleased to host this very special workshop exploring the intersections of parenthood and artistic practice.
Despite well-documented actions and attempts by individual artists and collectives over the past 60 years (and longer) to dismantle patriarchal attitudes toward mothers/caregivers in the arts, little has changed with regard to expectations and pressures on art-working people who parent. Although attention to these issues seems to be increasing, the arts sector still functions on the assumption that everyone participating has unlimited time, money, resources and abilities to devote to the arts world’s success. This assumption is obviously not true for many people, including mothers/caregivers. The answer, when combined with the demands of daily caregiving, is often a catch-22: burnout or dropout.
Critical Distance and imagineNATIVE present The Informants for Images Festival 2018
Saturday, April 14 from 9:30-11 pm
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.
Through video and performance, “The Informants” examines the desires of indigeneity in the myths, dreams, political foundations of the so-called Americas. Guest curated program by Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) and Aboriginal Curatorial Collective–Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC-CCA) are pleased to announce this joint call for proposals for an exhibition or curatorial project to be mounted at CDCC in Spring 2018.
This opportunity is for Indigenous curators, artists, architects, collectives, writers, researchers, and others interested in engaging and expanding curatorial approaches to public programming and exhibition-making within a critical context. Projects that are conceptually experimental or innovative, introduce new artists to Toronto audiences, and deliver theoretical tools to think about contemporary Indigenous art in Canada are highly encouraged.
The selected applicant will receive a curatorial fee of $3000 for curation and writing in support of the project. Artist fees will be paid at 2018 CARCC rates. Further support in the form of a budget for exhibition materials and production (to be developed in collaboration with ACC-CCA/CDCC), installation assistance, design, promotion, and full documentation in an exhibition catalogue to be produced by CDCC will also be provided.
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 5 pm EST
Future Legacies: Design for Canada’s Next 150 Years is an exhibition of The Site Magazine’s inaugural design competition, featuring the five winners: Ali Navidbakhsh, Evan Wakelin, Karan Manchanda, Sarah Gunawan, and Shelley Long; plus five runners-up: Anna Longrigg + Jason McMillan, Fionn Byrne, Kyung-Kuhn Lee + Mamata Guragain + Nubras Samayeen, Mitchell Gray, and Rob McIntosh; and five honourable mentions: Dominique Cheng, Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon, Emma Mendel, Stephanie Mauer, and Studio Ha-ha.
Critical Distance is pleased to facilitate this exhibition in the 3rd Floor Hallway Gallery just outside our door at Artscape Youngplace, on view September 8–23, 2017 during building hours, 8–8 pm daily.
FEATURING: Zula, Xavier Binette, Wolfie, Starchild Dreaming Loud, Sophia Nahz, Singing Thunder, Rachel Macintosh, Oddane Taylor, Nicholas Ridiculous, M.T. Ness, Michelle Charlie, Jessie Stone, Gen Gagnon, Elijah M, Bethany Papadopolous, Anonymous, Amelia Merhar
Critical Distance is pleased to announce our 2017 Summer Sessions exhibition, Moving Home: The Art and Embodiment of Transience Emerging from Canada’s Child Welfare System. Presented by York University Human Geography master’s candidate Amelia Merhar, this project is the second to be hosted as part of our Summer Sessions initiative, a program through which we support emerging curators and artists by providing free space, mentorship, and installation support for their thesis exhibitions.