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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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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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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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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September 2022
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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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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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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April 2023
401 Richmond 401 Richmond St. West, Toronto

Join us for a panel discussion featuring the artists from our spring exhibition Materialized on Saturday, April 22nd at 1pm. Artists Joi T. Arcand, Celeste Pedri-Spade, Catherine Blackburn, and Nadya Kwandibens will present brief artist talks, followed by a discussion moderated by curator Ariel Smith (Artistic & Managing Director, Native Women in the Arts).

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June 2023
401 Richmond 401 Richmond St. West, Toronto

June 23, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Artist talk with El Rass in the Dark Horse Cafe at 401 Richmond, followed by the exhibition opening reception at Critical Distance (Suite 122)

Join us for an artist talk with Lebanese rapper El Rass at Dark Horse Cafe, located inside 401 Richmond. This event is free with registration; space is limited and seating is first-come, first-served. Immediately following the talk we will proceed to the Critical Distance gallery (Suite 122) for the opening reception of Garden of Broken Shadows, curated by Fatma Hendawy Yehia

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Adelaide Hall 250 Adelaide Street West, Toronto

June 24, 7 pm: Critical Distance is thrilled to co-present El Rass in concert with MARSM Canada at Adelaide Hall, as part of the exhibition Garden of Broken Shadows, curated by Fatma Hendawy Yehia.  As part of his first tour in Canada, El Rass, known for his critical lyrics and performances, will engage with the exhibition’s topics around identity, immigration and adaptation through a vernacular yet deeply philosophical language. Tickets on sale now through MARSM Canada.

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