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You sit in a garden

September 23 - November 21, 2021

Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) – Fall 2021 Exhibition

Artists: Tanya Lukin Linklater, Laurie Kang, Lila De Magalhaes, Nona Inescu, Jenine Marsh
Curator: Chris Andrews

 

Dear visitor,

Welcome to our shrouded backyard, this garden filled with holes. It was aerated earlier: the earth turned inside out. Now it sits in small amulets across the lawn, left permeable.

You have to know that when this garden was conceived, I had been walking barefoot on a reflexology footpath in the early morning; a circular path with stones protruding from its concrete floor. After stripping off my shoes and socks, I carefully put one foot down after the other onto the stones. They pushed back like they were trying to tell me something – offered themselves as a gift to each bone that inhabits the foot. 

I propose this space as a sensory garden; little pieces of the footpath evaporated and distilled. Each artwork here proposes a way to live, with its own ontology, and I take notes from every one. These works present the body’s overwhelming capacity for potential, both for things that propose to harm (illness, infection, disability), and those that support (health care systems, healing touches, assistive technologies). You sit in a garden sees this all become entangled with different definitions of life itself.

 

You sit in a garden brings together the work of Tanya Lukin Linklater, Laurie Kang, Jenine Marsh, Lila de Magalhaes, and Nona Inescu. Each included work proposes a new bodily form, movement, or way to touch, pushing for an expanded definition of what a body should be.

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Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries: Professional Development Workshop Series

January 28, 2021

Join Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries for upcoming online workshops, where senior, mid-career, and emerging professionals will gain professional knowledge, skills and practices in the public art gallery and museum sector.

Emily Cook, Critical Distance’s Education & Accessibility Programs Director, will be joining the panel of presenters for the first workshop in the series, Collections and Accessibility.

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Public Displays of Affection

September 28–ongoing

Critical Distance is excited to announce Public Displays of Affection (PDA), a new ongoing programming initiative exploring creative possibilities in accessible arts publishing. PDA will work within disability arts communities and beyond, building on Kelly Fritsch’s notion that “to crip is to open up with desire to the ways that disability disrupts.” Over the next several months, PDA will produce a collective learning opportunity that considers the pleasures, desires, and disruptions of making arts publishing initiatives more accessible.

Continuing from our Fall 2019 exhibition Access is Love and Love is Complicated (co-curated by Emily Cook and Sean Lee), we will host conversations, workshops, and case studies on topics such as audio description, plain language, digital platforms, ASL translation, access intimacy and others. Just as the title of Access is Love, and Love is Complicated directly cited disability activist Mia Mingus’ writing on understanding accessibility as an act of love, PDA will continue the conversation, asking: How can crip desire push at the boundaries of how we design, write, and distribute exhibition catalogues and other arts publications? How can we welcome new forms of affection? 

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