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.

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 the Curator

Cass Gardiner is an emerging Anishinaabe Algonquin curator, artist, and filmmaker. She is the co-founder of Matters Unsettled, a curatorial collective that uses the gallery to challenge preconceived notions of culture, identity, and belonging focusing on marginalized people. Gardiner was a 2017 Emerging Curatorial Fellow at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (CCCD) in Asheville, North Carolina, USA. Her inaugural show with Matters Unsettled, Crafted Strangers, was at the CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery in Fall 2017. Her critically acclaimed film The Edible Indian has screened in classrooms and theatres internationally and was nominated for Best Documentary Short at the 2014 American Indian Film Festival. Gardiner holds an MFA from Ryerson University and a BA from NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

About the Artist

Dayna Danger is a 2Spirit, Metis-Anishinaabe (Saulteaux)-Polish visual artist raised in so-called Winnipeg, MB. Utilizing photography, sculpture, performance and video, Danger‘s practice questions the line between empowerment and objectification by claiming space with her larger than life scale work. Her current use of BDSM and beading leather fetish masks explores the complicated dynamics of sexuality, gender, and power in a consensual and feminist manner. Danger is currently based in Tio’tia:ke – Moniang. She holds an MFA in Photography from Concordia University and has exhibited her work in Santa Fe, Winnipeg, Montreal, Peterborough, North Bay, Vancouver, Edmonton and Banff. Danger currently serves as a board member for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective.

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