Noa Bronstein

Noa Bronstein is a curator and writer based in Toronto. Her practice is most often focused on considering issues around place and space-making and thinking through how artists disrupt and subvert systems including those registering across social, political and economic structures.

Noa has held several positions in the arts including Executive Director of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography and the inaugural Senior Curator at the Small Arms Inspection Building. Her writing has appeared in 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 a Project Manager in the Exhibitions Department at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Image caption: With an instinct for justice featuring Elise Rasmussen and Shadi Harouni at Doris McCarthy Gallery, 2018.

PUBLIC ART EXHIBITION: Place Settings

June 18, 2021 - August 15, 2021

Place Settings is a large-scale, durational project that considers how food functions to connect and disrupt. Focusing specifically on the intersections of food, public space, and architecture, Place Settings points to formal and informal structures that offer forms of nourishment, be they physical, emotional, social, or political.

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PUBLIC ART: Billboard on Shaw by Kablusiak

November 24, 2020 - January 29, 2021

Billboard on Shaw presented by Gallery TPW in partnership with Critical Distance, featuring Piliutiyara by Kablusiak.

This billboard is presented in the context of Gallery TPW’s ongoing project MOVEMENTS, an online and site-specific program that reflects on both the intimate scale of the body as it shifts through time and space, and organized actions that provoke vital, unsettling change.

“In the photo series Piliutiyara (2019), Kablusiak deconstructs the sexualization of Indigenous women and femmes by making viewers hyper-aware of the settler colonial gaze. The artist faces the viewer with unselfconscious power and authority. In these works the viewer will look at the artist and see them in a way that they control. These works force the viewer not only to confront Kablusiak but to face the tropes and conventions in which Inuit women and femmes have been depicted by settlers throughout the European colonization of North America.”

—Lindsey Sharman, Sobey Art Award 2019 catalogue

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PUBLIC ART: Billboard on Shaw by Zinnia Naqvi

August 18, 2020 - September 29, 2020
The Border Guards Were Friendly is part of a larger body of work that brings together Zinnia Naqvi’s family photos with assemblages of books, games, and VHS tapes. Documenting a 1988 holiday across various tourist sites in Ontario, the images were taken as a reconnaissance mission of sorts, marking theFind out more