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Conversation and Screening: Adrià Julià and Noa Bronstein

September 17, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Conversation and Screening: Adrià Julià and Noa Bronstein

Saturday, September 22nd, 2022
3:00 pm
Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue)

Adrià Julià
will be joined by curator Noa Bronstein for a discussion into his ongoing interest in the parallel and overlapping histories of film production and popcorn consumption. Using an historical perspective with the language of cinema, Julià encourages a critical look at the impact of history and culture on food and images and how these inform our understanding of the world around us.

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.

This program is presented by Critical Distance Centre for Curators as part of Place Settings II, featuring film and performance-based projects curated by Noa Bronstein throughout the city of Toronto. This program is in dialogue with Julià’s A Very White Flower (on view at Artscape Youngplace) and The Penitential Tyrant: Dolores Is Pain at the AGO on September 16th.


About the artist and curator

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.

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.


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.


Image: Detail of A Very White Flower (2022), Adrià Julià.



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