PUBLIC ART: Billboard on Shaw by Dayna Danger

April 21, 2018 - June 3, 2018

Billboard on Shaw curated by Cass Gardiner with the exhibition Forward Facing, presented in partnership with Aboriginal Curatorial Collective–Collectif des commissaires autochtones and featuring Kandace by Dayna Danger.

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 GardinerForward Facing is an exhibition that examines intersectionality within Indigenous identity.

Kandace is on view at 180 Shaw Street, outside Artscape Youngplace, through April to June, 2018.

Indigenous people from across Turtle Island express and assert their identity in conversation with their cultural roots in a multitude of ways, and always in tandem with ever-looming colonialism. Utilizing the device of the mask, the artists in Forward Facing provoke and question how the face—or the absence of it—creates a powerful commentary on contemporary Indigenous culture. Forward Facing illustrates how the masks function as a signifier of solidarity and safety for these artists and their respective communities and with Kandace, Dayna Danger recalls BDSM masks of leather and beads.

Location and hours

Critical Distance Centre for Curators
180 Shaw Street, Artscape Youngplace, M6J 2W5
Admission is always free; building and gallery fully accessible
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Exhibition is on view April 21–June 3, 2018

Gallery hours through June 3rd: Thursday–Sunday from 12–5 pm


FORWARD FACING Opening with Curator’s Talk
Saturday, April 21 from 2-4 pm
Critical Distance, Suite 302 at Artscape Youngplace

Join us 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.

Performance featuring Dayna Danger, Lacie Burning, and Kandace Price
Saturday, April 21 starting at 5 pm
Critical Distance, Suite 302 at Artscape Youngplace

A performance by three collaborators negotiating time, boundaries, and songs.

PWYC Workshop: Make Your Own Bike Tube Flogger with Dayna Danger
Sunday, April 22 from 2-4 pm
Location to be confirmed at Artscape Youngplace

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.

About Aboriginal Curatorial Collective

The ACC/CCA is a national service organization that brings together the Canadian Aboriginal and Native American curatorial, critical and institutional communities. The aim is to establish an important centre of excellence for our communities through opportunities, collaborations, networks, publications, advocacy, conferences, exhibitions and standards of excellence for our communities.

Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC/CCA)
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 414 | Toronto, Ontario | M5V 3A8 | Canada
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FORWARD FACING is a Featured Exhibition of the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Critical Distance and Aboriginal Curatorial Collective are grateful for the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council in making this exhibition possible

Image: Dayna Danger, Kandace, 2018. 8 x 8 foot billboard at 180 Shaw Street in Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid. 


About the Curator(s)

Cass Gardiner

Cass Gardiner is an Anishinaabe filmmaker, curator, and writer from Kebaowek First Nation. She produces and directs films, writes, and curates – usually about food.

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About the Artists

Dayna Danger

Dayna Danger is a 2Spirit/Queer, Metis/Saulteaux/Polish visual artist raised in so called Winnipeg, MB. Using photography, sculpture, performance and video, Dayna Danger‘s practice questions the line between empowerment and objectification by claiming space with her larger than life scale work.

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