Co-Presentations

Ocean Archive: CDCC in exchange with TBA21-Academy (Vienna)

September 28 - 29, 2019

CDCC, TORONTO x TBA21-ACADEMY, VIENNA at OCEAN SPACE, VENICE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 from 11am—5pm EST

Critical Distance Centre for Curators is pleased to participate in an international exchange with TBA21-Academy in response to the release of the IPCC Special Report on the Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). Scheduled to be published on September 28th, the report and proceedings with be presented at the Climate Justice for a Living Ocean at Ocean Space in Venice as part of Phenomenal Ocean, a convening to be led by Chus Martinez, Director of Institut Kunst in Basel.

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ACCESS IS LOVE and LOVE IS COMPLICATED

Opening October 3, 2019

image: Vanessa Dion Fletcher,Quillwork in twenty-nine Parts, porcupine quill embroidery on paper, 6 x 9 inches. The quills are folded back and forth making a zigzag pattern and the design is raised off of soft paper. The colours of the embroidery are warm reds pinks and browns.


ACCESS IS LOVE and LOVE IS COMPLICATED
Co-curated by Emily Cook and Sean Lee
and presented in partnership with Tangled Art+Disability

Opening October 3rd from 6–9 pm / On view October 3–December 8, 2019

CRITICAL DISTANCE and TANGLED ART+DISABILITY are pleased to present ACCESS IS LOVE and LOVE IS COMPLICATED, an exhibition and event series featuring Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Kat Germain, Wy Joung Kou, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Andy Slater, Aislinn Thomas, and Adam Wolfond and Estée Klar. This program is co-curated by CDCC Education and Accessibility Coordinator, Emily Cook, and Tangled Art + Disability Director of Programming, Sean Lee and represents the next level in our ongoing series of programs providing opportunities for curators and artists to consider new and more collaborative aesthetic and conceptual approaches to accessibility within and beyond the gallery context.

ACCESS IS LOVE and LOVE IS COMPLICATED takes inspiration not only from disability activist Mia Mingus’ idea that accessibility should be understood as an act of love, but riffs on a pop cultural understanding that love is complicated—and thus, if we truly wish to move towards an accessible future then we must embrace the frictions of it. A lived experience that is often as political as it is relational, disability is a springboard from which access is entangled in the political alterities of our bodies; how they move, navigate and shape the world.

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Billboard on Shaw: Pejvak | The Bell at the End of Time

Summer 2019

Billboard on Shaw co-presented in partnership with C Magazine, featuring The Bell at the End of Time (detail), by PEJVAK (Rouzbeh Akhbari and Felix Kalmenson), 2019.

“We came across the following documents during our research residency in Tbilisi at Georgia’s State Silk Museum in March 2019. Reviewing the extensive archives maintained by the museum’s library, in preparation for our upcoming film on the Silk Road, we were captivated by a series of notes and illustrations that felt oddly out of place in the collection. These documents stood out from the rest of the archives not only because of their seemingly disconnected subject matter but also because of their disparate sorting logic and clandestine placement amongst various expedition reports and personal notes written by Nikolay Shavrov, a Russian biologist and the founder and first director of Tbilisi’s Sericultural Station. At first glance, these records appeared to be little more than incidental entries or misplaced files, but soon, with the help of Darejan Demetrashvili, the librarian, and Mariam Shergelashvili, our research coordinator, we uncovered a series of interconnected narratives concerning a monumental intervention in the environs of Mount Ararat in modern-day Turkey.”

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PRESSING THE ISSUE pt.2: Critical Arts Publishing in Canada Continued

August 9, 2019

Join us AUGUST 9, 2019, starting at 7pm at Small World Music Centre, Suite 101 of Artscape Youngplace; reception to follow in gallery at Critical Distance, Suite 302.

We are excited to continue the conversation on the state of independent critical arts publishing across Canada with a panel involving Anthea Black and Jessica Lynn Whitbread from The HIV Howler, Adrienne Crossman from Off Centre, Lauren Lavery from Peripheral Review, and Niki Little from imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, moderated by Maxine Proctor. Continue reading

PRESSING THE ISSUE pt.1: On Critical Arts Publishing in Canada

July 8, 2019

Join us JULY 8th, 2019 starting at 7pm at Small World Music Centre, Suite 101 of Artscape Youngplace; reception to follow in gallery at Critical Distance, Suite 302.

We are thrilled to host a conversation with founders and co-founders of indie critical arts publishing projects in Canada including; Cecilia Berkovic (EMILIA-AMALIA), and Ben Donoghue (MICE Magazine), Merray Gerges (CRIT paper), Steffanie Ling (Charcuterie, Bartleby Review, STILLS), and Vanessa Runions (Carbon Paper). This panel will be moderated by Maxine Proctor.

Curating for the Future with AGYU Visiting Curator Tian Zhang

June 19, 2019

A FREE PUBLIC PRESENTATION BY AGYU VISITING CURATOR TIAN ZHANG

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019 starting at 7PM at Small World Music Theatre, Suite 101 of Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON, M6J 2W5

AGYU and Critical Distance Centre For Curators (CDCC) are pleased to co-present a curatorial talk by AGYU Visiting Curator Tian Zhang (Sydney, Australia). A presentation of Tian’s work will be followed by a facilitated conversation hosted by Emelie Chhangur (AGYU), Myung-Sun Kim (Toronto Biennial of Art), and Shani K Parsons (Critical Distance).
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PUBLISHING AGAINST THE GRAIN at CRITICAL DISTANCE

July 4–August 17, 2019

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL, NY

OPENING SATURDAY, JULY 6TH from 11am–1pm

CRITICAL DISTANCE and INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL (ICI) are pleased to present Publishing Against the Grain, a unique exhibition that provides visitors with a rare opportunity to engage in a variety of conversations from across the world. In the context of today’s corporatization and commodification of cultural institutions, and in many political situations where free speech becomes ever more precarious, independent publishing has shown extraordinary vitality and importance as a platform for disseminating alternative, progressive and autonomous positions.

Publishing Against the Grain is a traveling exhibition that highlights the current state of publishing and art criticism as it exists in small journals, experimental publications, websites, and podcasts, as well as other innovative forms. It is organized around projects that connect theoretical, social, political, and aesthetic questions with a focus on community, whether understood in relation to a particular place, or defined in identitarian or diasporic terms. In bringing these projects together from around the world, Publishing Against the Grain reveals how their material and discursive activities respond to intersecting subjects such as contemporary aesthetics, diaspora, sex and gender, gentrification, race, language, and art history.

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Room For Shifting Expressions: Critical Distance at NUIT ROSE 2019

June 15-23, 2019

On view: June 15–23, 2019 | Opening: Saturday, June 15th from 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.

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Nicole Kelly Westman: a slight space amidst

April 11–20, 2019

Curated by Steffanie Ling
An Off Screen presentation of the 2019 Images Festival

On view: April 11–20, 2019 | Opening reception: April 10th, 6 pm | Artist talk: April 14th, 1:30 pm

Critical Distance is pleased to co-present Nicole Kelly Westman: a slight space amidst in partnership with the 2019 Images Festival. a slight space amidst is a video installation that exists in the threshold between a screening and an exhibition. A secluded space just beyond sheer partitions, you determine the duration of your viewing as the film loops. Capturing arrested light and moments that meld and mesh, the film echoes the wavering movements proposed by the installation’s materiality: sheer silk curtains that partition here and there, before and after, daylight and nocturne.

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