Room For Shifting Expressions: Critical Distance at NUIT ROSE 2019

June 15, 2019 - June 23, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 15th, 5–9 pm

Critical Distance is pleased to participate in Nuit Rose 2019 with a presentation of new work by Eric Chengyang and Ebrin Bagheri curated by CDCC Curatorial Programs Coordinator Emily Peltier.

Nuit Rose is an annual festival that showcases national and international 2SLGBTQ+ identified artists in Toronto. In response to the 2019 festival theme ARCADE, Room For Shifting Expressions will exhibit new works by Chengyang and Bagheri that explore individual, historical, and culturally-specific experiences of gender identity and sexuality made visible through illustration, motifs, language translation, and interactive installation.

Location and Hours

Chengyang and Bagheri’s work will be situated in the Critical Distance (Suite 302). Additional work by Bagheri will also be on view the 3rd floor hallway outside our door at Artscape Youngplace as a part of a group exhibition curated by John Rubino for Nuit Rose. Beyond Youngplace, Nuit Rose will takes place at multiple venues across Toronto with its focus in the Church-Wellesley Village.

About the Curator(s)

Emily Peltier

Emily Peltier (she/her, they/them) is an independent curator, writer, and advocate for the wellbeing of 2SLGBTQ+ identified people and communities, everywhere. Peltier is the co-creator and programmer of the world’s first, and only, miniature 2SLGBTQ+ gallery and collective Glory Hole Gallery, located at The 519 Community Centre in Toronto. SheFind out more

About the Artists

Eric Chengyang

Eric Chengyang is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist of Chinese-Canadian background. They works in the hybrid of traditional, digital, and ephemeral mediums: including painting, photography, time-based media, installation, and design. By integrating research with experimental, hybrid art forms, Eric explores themes of symbiotic duality and paradox. In particular, their recent works examine the intersections and proximity between the East and the West, while challenging the conventional notion of the West versus the East or the East-West dichotomy.

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Ebrin Bagheri

Ebrin Bagheri (he/him), born in 1983, is an Iranian/Canadian visual artist currently living and working in Toronto. Working primarily in drawing and painting, Bagheri has been focusing on portraiture to explore themes of masculinity and gender while alluding to historical conceptions of pre-modern desire. Bagheri received his MFA from York UniversityFind out more

About our Partners + Co-presenters

Nuit Rose

Nuit Rose is a free annual festival of queer-focused art and performance that takes place during Toronto Pride. It showcases provocative, cutting edge work by diverse local and international artists, and engages LGBTQ communities, art lovers, residents and visitors to Toronto in unique experiences with art across the city. ForFind out more