PUBLIC ART: Billboard on Shaw by Nadya KwandibensApril 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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EXHIBITION: MaterializedApril 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
Friday, April 21, 6 to 8 pm
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.Find out more
PUBLIC ART: Billboard on Shaw by Jake KimbleMarch 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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PUBLIC ART: Billboard on Shaw by Yelaine RodriguezApril 22, 2022 - June 5, 2022
Artist Yelaine Rodriguez’s billboard EBBÓ (Sacrifice): Orula, The Witness (2021), is on view at 180 Shaw Street through April to June, 2022, as part of the exhibition OF THE SACRED, curated by Noor Alé and Claudia Mattos (AXIS Curatorial), featuring Farah Al Qasimi, Kaya Joan, Bea Parsons, Yelaine Rodriguez, and Whyishnave Suthagar.Find out more
EXHIBITION: Of the SacredApril 22, 2022 - June 4, 2022
Curated by AXIS Curatorial (Noor Alé and Claudia Mattos)
Featuring Farah Al Qasimi, Kaya Joan, Bea Parsons, Yelaine Rodriguez, Whyishnave Suthagar
Saturday, April 23, 2022
1 – 4PM EST
401 Richmond Building, Suite 122
Of the Sacred is an exhibition that gathers a selection of artists who examine the divine through a highly personal lens, attesting to belief as a means of unearthing histories of colonialism, translocation, and individual circumstance. Tracing cultural inheritances of faith, lineages of intergenerational knowledge, and the syncretism of beliefs that emerge in the face of migrations, Of the Sacred initiates conversations about the role of belief in this time in history and the need for sanctuary—on a personal and collective scale—in light of the conditions of this age.
Of the Sacred is a Core Exhibition of the 2022 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.Find out more