EXHIBITION: thinking about forever

April 11, 2024 - June 15, 2024

Refusal is an unwillingness to accept. In an ableist imperialist white supremacist capitalist cis-hetero patriarchy,1 refusal is also a mode of being that requires consistent rehearsal in order for one to sustain themselves against the violence of these interlocking hegemonic systems. How might we conceptualize Rehearsing Refusal? As a practice of consecutive gestures of defiance?2 Or, as a stepping into the power of otherwise?

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figure stands in front of wooden door. She is wearing a suit and holding a live chicken. There is a cleaver knife on the ground next to her

Pine Street: Charlotte Zhang

April 16, 2020 - April 22, 2020
Pine Street: Charlotte Zhang Online Launch: April 14, 2020 | 6:00PM EST Critical Distance is pleased to co-present Charlotte Zhang’s Pine Street in partnership with the 2020 Images Festival and Centre A. Pine Street, Now and Again (2019) is a looping two-channel video installation by Nanaimo-raised and Los Angeles-based artist Charlotte Zhang. Commissioned by the Nanaimo Art Gallery for the group exhibition Estuary, the film is composed of sequences conceived in collaboration with former Chinatown residents and people who are connected to them. For this installation, Zhang was thinking about the parallel structure of conversation and “the ways in which we build and dismantle Chinatown over and over again through conversing.” The sequences are edited to appear at moments that sonically conflict: a cast ofFind out more

Nicole Kelly Westman: a slight space amidst

April 11, 2019 - April 20, 2019
Curated by Steffanie Ling An Off Screen Presentation of the 2019 Images Festival Critical Distance is pleased to co-present Nicole Kelly Westman: a slight space amidst in partnership with the 2019 Images Festival. a slight space amidst is a video installation that exists in the threshold between a screening and an exhibition. A secluded space just beyond sheer partitions, you determine the duration of your viewing as the film loops. Capturing arrested light and moments that meld and mesh, the film echoes the wavering movements proposed by the installation’s materiality: sheer silk curtains that partition here and there, before and after, daylight and nocturne. A synthesized sound reverberates to the shrill of whipping wind, accented by pelting wetness. Quivering light is interrupted by a quiet melancholyFind out more

EXHIBITION: Script, Stage, Screen | Ciprian Mureșan

April 14, 2016 - April 23, 2016
Script, Stage, Screen | Ciprian Mureșan, curated by Oana Tanase. Featuring a critical selection of this internationally known artist’s experimental films, Script, Stage, Screen is the first solo exhibition of Mureșan’s work in Toronto, which we are very pleased to present in partnership with the 29th edition of the Images Festival (April 14–23, 2016).Find out more

Moving Images in Contemporary Culture

In Fall 2015, the Images Festival and TYPOLOGY launched Moving Images in Contemporary Culture, a new series of peer-led talks and workshops on the changes, challenges, and advances in curating and presenting the moving image.Find out more