EXHIBITION: this bridge between starshine and clay

October 14, 2023 - November 25, 2023

Critical Distance is pleased to present this bridge between starshine and clay, an exhibition that explores and illuminates sonic innovations and architectures that create and hold space for Black aliveness. Using Lucille Clifton’s won’t you celebrate with me as a poetic entry point, this collection of work across mediums weaves through themes of geography, movement, rhythm, (un)knowing, vibration, and sound. Bringing together new works by  artists Renee Gladman, Adee Roberson, and Rashid Zakat, the concept of musical bridge becomes literal, creating portals and possibilities.

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EXHIBITION: Garden of Broken Shadows

June 24, 2023 - August 5, 2023

Garden of Broken Shadows, curated by Fatma Hendawy Yehia, features works by Lamis Haggag, Katherine Melançon, Ahmed Naji, Anahita Norouzi, and El Rass. In a transglobal world, race and class are the basis of any immigration system. Through the use of organic material, text, sound, and technology, these artists manifest the ways in which one could survive and adapt within new environments. The exhibition interweaves these practices, producing a temporal space in which visitors can experience the possibilities of being both here and there — in both Canada and the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) — simultaneously. 

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PUBLIC ART: Billboard on Shaw by Nadya Kwandibens

April 21, 2023 - August 3, 2023

Billboard on Shaw co-presented by Native Women in the Arts and Critical Distance in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Partners in Art, featuring Shiibaashka’igan: Honouring the Sacred Jingle Dress by Nadya Kwandibens.

This outdoor component of the exhibition Materialized presents an image by newly-appointed Toronto Photo Laureate Nadya Kwandibens. Photographed at the Naotkamegwanning roundhouse, the portrait depicts three Anishinaabekwewag sharing a candid moment of laughter, subverting the “stoic Indian” trope that characterizes historical portraits by non-Indigenous photographers. It is said that laughter is medicine—this image brings together that energy with the healing power of the jingle dress.

 

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A photograph depicts a young boy sitting on the front steps of a house, with a landscape of an open field and trees shown in the far distance on the right-side. On the right and left side of the boy, two seated figures have been cut out of the photograph in a round, oblong shape, leaving an empty, white space. The edges of both cut-out shapes has been stitched with small, gold beads.

EXHIBITION: Materialized

April 21, 2023 - June 3, 2023

Featuring works by Joi T. Arcand, Celeste Pedri-Spade and Catherine Blackburn, with a public art billboard by Nadya Kwandibens
Curated by Ariel Smith

Core Exhibition at the 2022 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Opening reception
Friday, April 21, 6 to 8 pm
Artist Panel
Saturday,
April 22 from 1 to 3pm at Urbanspace Gallery

Native Women in the Arts and Critical Distance Centre for Curators are pleased to present Materialized in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Partners in Art.

Combining portrait photography with elements from adornment arts, textiles, sculpture, and customary Indigenous art practices, Materialized examines themes of intergenerational memory, familial narrative, and decolonization. By using their craft to reclaim portraiture as a form of self-expression and self-determination, each artist resists the colonial metanarratives contained in settler-made images of Indigenous subjects.

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PUBLIC ART: Billboard on Shaw by Jake Kimble

March 16, 2023 - April 16, 2023

Artist Jake Kimble’s billboard Grow Up #4, is on view at 180 Shaw Street through March to April, 2023, and is presented by Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in partnership with Capture Photography Festival and Critical Distance. The work reflects on the challenges of contemporary life and the many future unknowns looming over young people today.

 

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