Every.Now.Then: Reframing Nationhood

Art Gallery of Ontario, June 28, 2017 – December 10, 2017

Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood explores three urgent questions through the eyes of some of the country’s best emerging and established artists: where has Canada come from, what it is now, and where is it going?

The 150th anniversary of Canada is a moment to rewrite and reclaim the official narrative of Canadian history and move into the future with new insight. Acknowledging that Canada’s sesquicentennial represents a narrow slice of time in the larger historical record of the land, the artworks featured in this exhibition engage with a broad range of cultural, traditional, spiritual and land-based stories. At the heart of the exhibition is the belief that Canada is a dynamic work in progress anchored by strong Indigenous voices and a complexity of cultures and identities.

The multimedia installation features new and recent projects by artists from across Canada, including Gu Xiong and Yu Gu, Robert Houle, Meryl McMaster, Seth, Esmaa Mohamoud, Ed Pien and Shuvinai Ashoona, among many others who are shaping Canada’s next generation of artists.

Curated by Andrew Hunter (the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art) and Anique Jordan.

For more see: http://www.ago.net/every-now-then-reframing-nationhood

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Song for the Beloved
Liberty Hall, Jamaica, May 2015
Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Santiago, Chile, July 2016
UCLA, United States of America, May 2017

Song for the Beloved is an interactive performance honoring those who have died from urban violence in Kingston, Jamaica linking these experiences to other forms of violence in communities around the world. Through visual arts and performance, participants negotiate contested memories across differences as an act of re-creating and repairing the past in the present.

Song for the Beloved blends visual art, site specific public performance, theatre, and new media.  It has been mounted in adapted versions in Kingston, Jamaica; Toronto, Canada; Bogotá, Colombia; New York and New Jersey, United States.  Song was first dedicated to the lives lost during the 2010 West Kingston Incursion in which seventy people were killed, mainly by the Jamaican police and army. The 2017 exhibition was dedicated to the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter.

Curated by Honor Ford-Smith and Anique Jordan.

For more information: https://forevermissed.wordpress.com/category/project-updates/

 

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