Opening | September 13 | Through lines

Curated by Noa Bronstein and presented in partnership with the Koffler Gallery, Through Lines brings together the works of seven artists that challenge notions of redaction, tackling its typical devices of shredding, blacking out, editing and covering up. Lise Beaudry, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Leila Fatemi, Maria Hupfield, Raafia Jessa, and Nadia Myre create works that engage a restorative gesture, speaking to the ways in which history and memory are conceptualized within a contemporary context. 

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Q+A with Brynn Higgins-Stirrup

Companion (To Touch and Be Touched by the World), 2018. 

The Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist, Brynn Higgins-Stirrup, has showcased her work across Canada, the United States and Europe in artist run spaces, fairs, and galleries, including Truck Contemporary (Calgary, AB), Transmitter Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Modern Fuel (Kingston, ON), and Bucharest Arts Week (Romania). She also held a solo exhibition, The Path, The Divide curated by Oana Tanase at Critical Distance, where she showcased a series of works on paper and a mixed media installation that played with notions of cognitive processes, such as contemplation and unlearning.

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Opening | August 11 | Exposing Liminalities

Gallery 44 and Critical Distance presents Exposing Liminalities, an exhibition which brings together the work of five artists that expand, challenge, and question notions of the in-between. Employing elements of both analogue and digital photography practices, this exhibition considers the myriad intersections that can define oneself. Reflecting on liminality as a critical discourse, artists probe places and contexts that are immediate yet deeply personal – embodying and responding to conditions that approximate liminal space through investigative means.

Curated by emerging curator Emma German, Exposing Liminalities features alumni from Gallery 44’s OUTREACH program, and winners and honourable mentions of the David Barker Maltby Award.

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CDCC E-Shop Launch and Celebration

Critical Distance is pleased to participate in Art Book Week in conjunction with the 2018 Toronto Art Book Fair. For our third year of art book-related programming in support of TOABF, we will launch our newly stocked e-shop with a celebration and sale on Saturday, July 7th from 4–7 pm.

Watch our Instagram and Facebook feeds for previews of new and bestselling titles selected by CDCC team members and participants, featuring such publishers and artists as: Contemporary& (Berlin), Half Letter Press (Chicago), Kayfa-ta (Maha Maamoun and Ala Younis, Cairo), Independent Curators International (NY), Domenica (LA), and Maake (US); and Qiana Mestrich (Brooklyn), Khaled Hourani (Palestine), Ed Panar (Pittsburgh), Ciprian Muresan (Romania), Jeanette Ehlers (Denmark), Maggie Groat (Ontario), Sara Knox Hunter (Queens, NY), and Tings Chak (Toronto); plus a selection of catalogues and editions produced by TYPOLOGY Projects and Critical Distance Centre for Curators.

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Opening | June 23 | … move or be moved by some ‘thing’ rather than oneself.

Nadege Grebmeier Forget

Critical Distance is pleased to present … move or be moved by some thing rather than oneself., an exhibition that considers curating and choreography as materials and subjects. Bringing together the work of Guillaume Adjutor Provost, Adam Basanta, Adrienne Crossman, and Nadège Grebmeier Forget, the exhibition is curated by Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau and Maude Johnson. The title, taken from a quote by choreographer Yvonne Rainer, echoes the curators’ desire to question the potentialities of artworks as well as presentation contexts from the position of transdisciplinary instability.

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Workshop | April 22 | Make Your Own Bike Tube Flogger with Dayna Danger

Bike Tube Flogger Making with Dayna Danger
Make your own mini flogger from rubber bike tubes in this hands-on workshop with Dayna Danger, who will be here from Montreal for FORWARD FACING’s opening weekend. Workshop is PWYC, and materials will be provided.

Date and Location
Sunday, April 22 from 2-4 pm
Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5

To Register
Even though this workshop is PWYC, space is limited so pre-registration is required.
Please contact us at rsvp (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca to inquire/register.

Location within Youngplace to be confirmed upon registration.


image: Dayna Danger, Kandace, 2017

Opening | April 21 | FORWARD FACING | Exhibition presented in partnership with ACC-CCA

In partnership with Aboriginal Curatorial Collective–Collectif des commissaires autochtones, Critical Distance is pleased to present FORWARD FACING, a Featured Exhibition of the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Curated by Cass Gardiner (Toronto/Brooklyn), FORWARD FACING is an exhibition that examines intersectionality within Indigenous identity through the photographic, video, craft, and installation practices of Dayna Danger (Montreal), Lacie Burning (Vancouver), and Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter (Calgary).


Opening Weekend Events

Saturday, April 21 from 2-4 pm
FORWARD FACING Reception with Curator’s Talk
Please join us in the gallery (Suite 302 at Artscape Youngplace) for a very special reception with Toronto/Brooklyn-based curator Cass Gardiner, featuring a tour of the exhibition followed by beverages and bites courtesy of Pow Wow Cafe. Stay for artists’ performance at 5 pm.

Saturday, April 21 starting at 5 pm
Performance featuring DAYNA DANGER, LACIE BURNING, and KANDACE PRICE
Three collaborators negotiate time, boundaries, and songs. Starting location to be announced at the opening.

Sunday, April 22 from 2-4 pm
Bike Tube Flogger-Making Workshop with DAYNA DANGER
Make your own mini flogger from rubber bike tubes in this PWYC hands-on workshop with Dayna Danger.  Materials will be provided. Space is limited so please contact us at rsvp (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca to inquire/register. Location to be confirmed upon registration.

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Workshop | April 15 | Labour+Love: On the Intersections between Parenthood+Artistic Practice

In partnership with Gallery 44, we are pleased to host this very special workshop exploring the intersections of parenthood and artistic practice.

Despite well-documented actions and attempts by individual artists and collectives over the past 60 years (and longer) to dismantle patriarchal attitudes toward mothers/caregivers in the arts, little has changed with regard to expectations and pressures on art-working people who parent. Although attention to these issues seems to be increasing, the arts sector still functions on the assumption that everyone participating has unlimited time, money, resources and abilities to devote to the arts world’s success. This assumption is obviously not true for many people, including mothers/caregivers. The answer, when combined with the demands of daily caregiving, is often a catch-22: burnout or dropout.

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Screening | April 14 | The Informants | A co-presentation with ImagineNATIVE for the 2018 Images Festival

Critical Distance and imagineNATIVE present The Informants for Images Festival 2018
Saturday, April 14 from 9:30-11 pm
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.

Through video and performance, “The Informants” examines the desires of indigeneity in the myths, dreams, political foundations of the so-called Americas. Guest curated program by Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys.

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