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Toronto Launch March 23, 2019 | ARCHI-FEMINISTES! by OPTICA, centre d’art contemporain

Join us for a celebratory book launch for ARCHI-FÉMINISTES! Contemporary Art, Feminist Theories
Published by OPTICA, centre d’art contemporain, Montreal
Toronto launch to take place at Critical Distance Centre for Curators Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 3–5 pm

Critical Distance is pleased to host the Toronto publication launch for ARCHI-FÉMINISTES! Contemporary Art, Feminist Theories, produced by OPTICA, centre d’art contemporain, Montreal. Edited by Marie-Ève Charron, Marie-Josée Lafortune, and Thérèse St-Gelais, this publication brings together an important body of work produced between 1970 and the present, including the contributions of Sophie Bélair Clément, Rebecca Belmore, Olivia Boudreau, Marie-Claude Bouthillier, Marie-Ève Charron, Sorel Cohen, Raphaëlle de Groot, Philippe Dumaine, Vera Frenkel, Andrea Geyer, Cynthia Girard-Renard, Clara Gutsche, Rashid Johnson, Marie-Josée Lafortune, Suzy Lake, arkadi lavoie lachapelle, Maryse Larivière, Emmanuelle Léonard, Deirdre Logue, Allyson Mitchell, Wanda Nanibush, Abdi Osman, Camal Pirbhai, Claire Savoie, Johanne Sloan, Jana Sterbak, Thérèse St-Gelais, Camille Turner, Rinaldo Walcott, and Giovanna Zapperi.

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Call for CDCC Board Members

Now in our sixth year, Critical Distance is seeking enthusiastic, dedicated, and knowledgeable individuals to join the organization’s active Board of Directors for a three year term (renewable) starting in April 2019. Anyone who is committed to supporting and participating in CDCC’s programs, mission, and organizational development is encouraged to apply; experience in fundraising, and financial and strategic planning in the not-for profit arts and culture environment are big plusses. As with all of our programs and initiatives, Critical Distance welcomes candidates with a range of backgrounds, skills, and experiences to participate.

Critical Distance is currently focused on considering how to evolve or expand for the future. This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with colleagues on positioning the organization for long-term sustainability and to continue to build the organization’s

profile locally, nationally, and internationally. The CDCC Board of Directors works closely with the Director, team, and volunteers to realize the organization’s unique mandate, establish priorities for fundraising, programming, and operations, and advocate for sustainable financial and administrative practices across the sector. Board members play an active role in fostering vital, responsive, and accessible programs for many distinct audiences.


Board members are responsible for the operation of CDCC in accordance with the strategic plan, policies and by-laws. More specifically, Board members:

— Attend and participate in the scheduled Board and Committee meetings (8-10 per year);

— Serve on at least one additional administrative or programming committee;

— Actively engage in and support CDCC programs;

— Collaborate with team and stakeholders to advance CDCC’s mission and vision;

— Contribute to expanding the organization’s objectives and operational goals;

— Participate in HR, administrative, planning, programming and financial decision-making;

— Assist in drafting and monitoring policies, governance and budgets;

— Act as ambassadors for the organization and stewards for participants and partners;

— Contribute to fundraising initiatives.


We invite interested candidates to apply by sending a letter of introduction with your brief bio (<75 words) and a statement of intent outlining the skills and interest you would like to bring to Critical Distance (< 150 words), plus your CV (max 4 pages) as a single PDF to: with the subject line CDCC Board Application 2019.

CDCC is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment and encourages candidates who reflect the diversity of our communities to apply. Interested applicants who have any specific questions are encouraged to contact us at well in advance of the deadline. Please note that Board members are volunteers and therefore cannot be financially compensated while serving their term.

Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview by the end of the month. As always, Critical Distance thanks all participants for their time, energy, interest, and continued support.

Since 2013, through the production and co-production of a wide-ranging program of multidisciplinary guest-curated exhibitions and related publications and events, Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) has pursued its mandate as the only not-for-profit gallery, publisher, and professional association in Toronto dedicated to supporting and advancing curatorial practice and inquiry at all levels of professional development and across the spectrum of curatorial and artistic perspectives. With a focus on critically engaged, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary practices, underrepresented artists and art forms, and community outreach and education in art and exhibition-making, Critical Distance provides opportunities, resources, and an open platform for the exchange of ideas on curating and exhibition-making as ways to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life.

Opening Feb 9, 2019 | Public Syntax: SAW Video at Critical Distance

Performance documentation (still), Ivanie Aubin-Malo in response to work by naakita feldman-kiss at SAW Video (Ottawa), 2018.

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9th from 2–4 pm

Curated by Neven Lochhead and presented in partnership with SAW Video Media Art Centre, Ottawa. Featuring work by naakita feldman-kiss, Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Henry Andersen, Mara Eagle, Phil Rose, Molly Teitelbaum, Anna Queen, and The Video in the Public Sphere Working Group.

In partnership with SAW Video Media Art Centre (Ottawa), Critical Distance is pleased to present ​Public Syntax, ​an exhibition that highlights the distinct time-based practices and approaches of seven artists, as well as those participating in the Video in the Public Sphere Working Group, the majority of whom are either Ottawa-based or connected. Situated in-gallery at Critical Distance and across multiple public spaces at Artscape Youngplace, the works in the exhibition embody and expand upon the recent and ongoing programming initiatives of SAW Video and their Knot Project Space​, ​launched in early 2018​.​

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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. Continue reading

Opening | September 13 | Through lines

Curated by Noa Bronstein and presented in partnership with the Koffler Gallery, Through Lines brings together the works of seven artists that challenge notions of redaction, tackling its typical devices of shredding, blacking out, editing and covering up. Lise Beaudry, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Leila Fatemi, Maria Hupfield, Raafia Jessa, and Nadia Myre create works that engage a restorative gesture, speaking to the ways in which history and memory are conceptualized within a contemporary context.  Continue reading

Q+A with Brynn Higgins-Stirrup

Companion (To Touch and Be Touched by the World), 2018. 

The Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist, Brynn Higgins-Stirrup, has showcased her work across Canada, the United States and Europe in artist run spaces, fairs, and galleries, including Truck Contemporary (Calgary, AB), Transmitter Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Modern Fuel (Kingston, ON), and Bucharest Arts Week (Romania). She also held a solo exhibition, The Path, The Divide curated by Oana Tanase at Critical Distance, where she showcased a series of works on paper and a mixed media installation that played with notions of cognitive processes, such as contemplation and unlearning. Continue reading

Opening | August 11 | Exposing Liminalities

Gallery 44 and Critical Distance presents Exposing Liminalities, an exhibition which brings together the work of five artists that expand, challenge, and question notions of the in-between. Employing elements of both analogue and digital photography practices, this exhibition considers the myriad intersections that can define oneself. Reflecting on liminality as a critical discourse, artists probe places and contexts that are immediate yet deeply personal – embodying and responding to conditions that approximate liminal space through investigative means.

Curated by emerging curator Emma German, Exposing Liminalities features alumni from Gallery 44’s OUTREACH program, and winners and honourable mentions of the David Barker Maltby Award. Continue reading

CDCC E-Shop Launch and Celebration

Critical Distance is pleased to participate in Art Book Week in conjunction with the 2018 Toronto Art Book Fair. For our third year of art book-related programming in support of TOABF, we will launch our newly stocked e-shop with a celebration and sale on Saturday, July 7th from 4–7 pm.

Watch our Instagram and Facebook feeds for previews of new and bestselling titles selected by CDCC team members and participants, featuring such publishers and artists as: Contemporary& (Berlin), Half Letter Press (Chicago), Kayfa-ta (Maha Maamoun and Ala Younis, Cairo), Independent Curators International (NY), Domenica (LA), and Maake (US); and Qiana Mestrich (Brooklyn), Khaled Hourani (Palestine), Ed Panar (Pittsburgh), Ciprian Muresan (Romania), Jeanette Ehlers (Denmark), Maggie Groat (Ontario), Sara Knox Hunter (Queens, NY), and Tings Chak (Toronto); plus a selection of catalogues and editions produced by TYPOLOGY Projects and Critical Distance Centre for Curators. Continue reading

Opening | June 23 | … move or be moved by some ‘thing’ rather than oneself.

Nadege Grebmeier Forget

Critical Distance is pleased to present … move or be moved by some thing rather than oneself., an exhibition that considers curating and choreography as materials and subjects. Bringing together the work of Guillaume Adjutor Provost, Adam Basanta, Adrienne Crossman, and Nadège Grebmeier Forget, the exhibition is curated by Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau and Maude Johnson. The title, taken from a quote by choreographer Yvonne Rainer, echoes the curators’ desire to question the potentialities of artworks as well as presentation contexts from the position of transdisciplinary instability. Continue reading