Conversation and Screening: Adrià Julià and Noa Bronstein
A screening of Julià’s Popcorn will follow the conversation. The film is adapted from footage originally presented by the San Diego-based camera company Photron of a single kernel of corn exploding into popcorn over twelve seconds. Shot with a slow-motion high-speed camera that the company sought to promote, the found mini-film was reimagined by Julià and stretched into Popcorn, a feature film.
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Place Settings is made possible through the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, City of Toronto, and ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-22.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Adrià Julià received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, a Maisterschüler from the Universität der Künste Berlin, and a BFA from Universitat de Barcelona. His practice includes installations, film, photography, and performance. Solo exhibitions include those at the Miró Foundation (Barcelona), Tabakalera (San Sebastián, Spain), Museo Tamayo (Mexico City), Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach, California), Project Art Centre (Dublin), LAXART (Los Angeles) and Artists Space (New York). He participated in the Lyon, São Paulo, Mercosul, Kochi-Muziris, and Jakarta Biennales.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Noa Bronstein is a curator and writer based in Toronto. Her practice is often focused on the social production of space and thinking through how artists disrupt and subvert systems including those registering across social, political and economic structures.
Noa has held the positions of Executive Director of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, inaugural Senior Curator at the Small Arms Inspection Building (Mississauga) and Project Manager at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her writing has appeared in publications including Artforum, PREFIX Photo, Canadian Art, Border Crossings, The Journal of Curatorial Studies and C Magazine. Recent curatorial projects include When Form Becomes Attitude at Contemporary Calgary, bust/boom at The New Gallery (Calgary), With an instinct for justice at Doris McCarthy Gallery (Toronto) and Aleesa Cohene’s solo exhibition I Don’t Get It at Gallery 44 (Toronto), The Rooms (St. John’s) and Western Front (Vancouver). Noa is currently the Executive Director of Gallery TPW.
Image: Detail of A Very White Flower (2022), Adrià Julià.