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Adrià Julià: The Penitential Tyrant: Dolores Is Pain

September 16, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Penitential Tyrant: Dolores Is Pain
Conceived by Adrià Julià
Written by Débora Antscherl and Adrià Julià
Performed by Stephen Park

Date: September 16, 7pm
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario – Jackman Hall
Free Admission – Register here

Offering a meditation on the history of production, consumption and expansion of popcorn in modern colonial history, The Penitential Tyrant: Dolores Is Pain reflects on the historical and socioeconomic intricacies of the global corn industry and its relationship to Mexican culture and the popularization of popcorn in the United States after the Great Depression, especially in regards to popcorn’s connection to cinema.

Adrià Julià’s film-performance The Penitential Tyrant: Dolores Is Pain is presented in conjunction with the AGO’s exhibition Faith and Fortune: Art Across the Global Spanish Empire.

This event will have live visual description available. You will require your own smartphone and headphones to access the description. Please email Emily Cook, Education + Accessibility Programs Director, at emily[at]criticaldistance.ca for more information and we will update this event page as more details become available.

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Also on view on the Billboard at 180 Shaw Street throughout the month of September: A Very White Flower, 2022 by Adrià Julià.

The Penitential Tyrant: Dolores Is Pain is presented as part of Place Settings, a large-scale, durational project that considers how food functions to connect and disrupt. Focusing specifically on the intersections of food, public space, and architecture, Place Settings points to formal and informal structures that offer forms of nourishment, be they physical, emotional, social, or political.

Curated by Noa Bronstein, Place Settings I started in June – August 2021. Place Settings II continues this summer with performative projects staged throughout the city of Toronto. Each project engages in a discursive gesture that considers new possibilities at the intersections of food practices and public space, revealing the shareable and relational qualities of both.


Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St W
Toronto, ON M5T 1G4 Canada
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