Seasons Greetings from Critical Distance and 1st Annual CDCC Edition!

What a tremendous year we had in 2018! Thanks to everyone who participated in, contributed to, and attended our exhibitions and events, including: guest curators for our annual program Toleen Touq, Nahed Mansour, Cass Gardiner, Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau, Maude Johnson, and Noa Bronstein; special/partner project curators Emma German, Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys; presenting partners SAVAC, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Koffler Gallery, and Gallery 44; fair and festival partners Images Festival with ImagineNATIVE, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto Art Book Fair, and Edition Art Book Fair; project funders and supporters Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Artscape Youngplace; and all of our wonderful board, advisory, and team members; contributing designers, writers, and editors; and last but not least, our engaged and growing audiences in Toronto and around the world.

Special thanks go, of course, to all the amazing artists we had the pleasure of exhibiting, featuring, or co-presenting in 2018 (roughly in order of appearance): Quratulain Butt, Khaled Hourani, Maha Maamoun, Smriti Mehra, Huma Mulji, Ed Panar, Alex Sheriff, and Andrea Luka Zimmerman; Lacie Burning, Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter, Dayna Danger, and Kandace Price; Guillaume Adjutor Provost, Adam Basanta, Adrienne Crossman, and Nadège Grebmeier Forget; Lise Beaudry, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Michèle Pearson Clark, Leila Fatemi, Maria Hupfield, Raafia Jessa, and Nadia Myre; Azaeb Adane, Clayton Batson, Eli Carmona, Tahoy James, and Ebti Nabag; W.K.L. Dickson/Thomas Edison, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Chris Spotted Eagle, Diane Burns, Gustavo Vázquez, Tonia Jo Hall, Shelley Niro, Sky Hopinka, Kent Monkman, Axel Gerdau, Erik Olsen, and John Woo; Tings Chak, Jeannette Ehlers, Maake Magazine, Studio Museum in Harlem, Contemporary&, Independent Curators International, Dominica, Half Letter Press, Kayfa ta (Maha Maamoun and Ala Younis), and Qiana Mestrich; and thanks also to Brynn Higgins-Stirrup, Leah Sandals, and Angry Asian Feminist Gang for great conversations and collaborations that we hope to continue in 2019 and beyond. Apologies to anyone we missed — we will make it up to you when we inevitably remember you. :)

CDCC wishes you a relaxing and reinvigorating holiday and a happy 2019! Stay tuned for exciting updates on upcoming programs and new initiatives coming soon.


About the image:

Ebti Nabag
The Girl in the Red Dress
Uganda, 2018
Archival digital print on Epson Premium Matte paper
9 x 6 inches
Edition of 100, signed and numbered by the artist
Selected by Liz Ikiriko

We are thrilled to launch our new Annual Edition program with this beautiful print by Ebti Nabag. Selected by a different guest curator each time, this first edition is organized by Liz Ikiriko. The CDCC Annual Edition program continues our tradition of providing publishing opportunities for artists while producing affordable artworks for our audiences.

About the Curator:

Liz Ikiriko (b.1977) is a biracial Nigerian Canadian independent curator and photo editor. She is currently an MFA candidate in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University (2019). As an independent curator she has exhibited across Canada, worked with artists internationally, facilitated workshops with Ryerson University, the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and has been published in Public Journal, MICE Magazine, Akimbo and The Ethnic Aisle, among others. Ikiriko’s work is centredon addressing hidden histories and foregrounding platforms for underprivileged artists. She is committed to the creation of experiential, socially engaged art that is accessible to a wide public.

About the Artist:

Ebti Nabag received her MFA from the Doc Media program at Ryerson University (2016). Her art practice is centred on photography and film, specializing in environmental portraiture. Nabag focuses on the intimate details of daily life and the subtle shifts that occur between generations in communities from Canada, Africa to the Caribbean. Her work has been exhibited in the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and BAND Gallery in Toronto.

Visit our e-shop to pre-order this edition, which will ship in 2019. Other limited and varied editions from past exhibiting artists such as Maggie Groat and Jimmy Limit, Josée Pedneault and Alejandro Garcia Contreras, Susana Reisman, and Maria Flawia Litwin are also available.

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