December 2022
401 Richmond 401 Richmond St. West, Toronto

Critical Distance at 401 Richmond’s Holiday Open House
Thursday, December 15th from 5–8 pm

Join us for a festive evening as part of 401 Richmond’s Holiday Open House! Critical Distance, along with many other galleries and shops in the building, will be open to the public for a special evening from 5–8 pm for holiday celebrating and shopping. We’ll have a selection of prints, publications, and other items for your perusal and purchase; new items and team picks are highlighted below. For those wishing to make extra merry, Dark Horse Espresso Bar will have alcoholic beverages available in addition to their regular menu as well.

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November 2022

Join us for an online panel discussion with the artists and curators of The Equivalence of Alloyed Gold on November 26th at 2pm EST.

Artists Ashna Jacob, Andy Slater, Dayna Danger, Tamyka Bullen, Stephanie E. Creaghan, Aislinn Thomas, Gillian Dykeman, Chandra Melting Tallow and Anne Macmillan will introduce their artworks in the exhibition, and curators Megan Gnanasihamany and Morgan Melenka will moderate a conversation around the structure of the exhibition, touching on themes of collaboration, trust, and access.

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September 2022
Innis Town Hall 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto

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.

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Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas St W, Toronto

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.

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401 Richmond 401 Richmond St. West, Toronto

Soup Over Bethlehem: Film Screening by Larissa Sansour

Location: 401 Richmond Rooftop (401 Richmond St. West)
Date: September 9, 2022 | 7pm – 8pm
Free Admission – Register via Eventbrite

Soup Over Bethlehem (Film, 9′) depicts an ordinary Palestinian family, Sansour’s own, around a dinner table on a rooftop overlooking the West Bank city of Bethlehem. What starts as a culinary discussion about the national dish ‘mloukhieh’ soon evolves into a personal and engaging conversation about politics – thereby emphasising the symbiosis of food and politics so indicative of the Palestinian experience.

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August 2022
Iranian Plaza 6075 Yonge St, North York

sofreh for two: Live Performance by Reza Nik

Location: Iranian Plaza (6075 Yonge St, North York)
Date: August 21, 12pm – 2pm
Outdoors, free to the public

Reza Nik’s sofreh for two references both Iranian food and drink carts and ‘Sofreh’, a loose term translated to a textile on which food is served but that often functions as a shorthand for various preparations, practices, ceremonies and rituals. This improvisational performance is mediated through a roving structure that considers the spatial facets of food and feasting as narrated through diasporic and intergenerational experiences and memories.

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May 2022
401 Richmond 401 Richmond St. West, Toronto

Life Cycles is a live performance that will depict a mother and daughter engaging in the passed tradition of kolam making. A kolam is an ancient form of drawing in the Hindu religion created using rice, sand, flour – something ephemeral – as these drawings are to be washed away after the occasion that they were created for has ended. Kolams often reference mandala imagery; which are spiritual symbols in Hinduism representing the expanding universe. Life Cycles is an interactive performance, where viewers will be able to collaborate with the artists as they engage in the ritual of kolam making. An artist talk will follow the performance.

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April 2022
Critical Distance Suite 122 at 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto

OF THE SACRED: Opening Reception

Saturday, April 23rd, 1 to 4pm EST
401 Richmond Building
Suite 122

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March 2022

wave~form~projects (Liz Ikiriko and Toleen Touq) and Critical Distance will be hosting an information session for the Open Call for Ways of Attuning: A Curatorial Study Group on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022 at 7 – 8pm EST.

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November 2021
Artscape Youngplace 180 Shaw St, Toronto
Live Performance A landscape’s spine by Florencia Sosa Rey and Eve Tagny Saturday, November 20th, 2021 1 – 1:30 PM (Duration of performance: approx. 30 minutes) Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. Following her practice’s ongoing investigations into gardens as sites of grief and renewal, Eve Tagny along with collaborator Florencia Sosa Rey has choreographed a performance as a closing gesture for the exhibition You sit in a garden (curated by Chris Andrews). Tracing parallels between a plant’s roots and our body’s spines, the performers explore the entanglements of leisure, respite, care as well as privilege, exclusion and labor that play out in our gardens and landscapes. “If we go “to” nature, we are in fact going into ourselves.” This is a free,Find out more