Fairs+Festivals

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Pine Street: Charlotte Zhang

April 14, 2020

Online Launch: April 14, 2020 | 6:00PM EST

Critical Distance is pleased to co-present Charlotte Zhang’s Pine Street in partnership with the 2020 Images Festival and Centre A.

Pine Street, Now and Again (2019) is a looping two-channel video installation by Nanaimo-raised and Los Angeles-based artist Charlotte Zhang. Commissioned by the Nanaimo Art Gallery for the group exhibition Estuary, the film is composed of sequences conceived in collaboration with former Chinatown residents and people who are connected to them. For this installation, Zhang was thinking about the parallel structure of conversation and “the ways in which we build and dismantle Chinatown over and over again through conversing.”

The sequences are edited to appear at moments that sonically conflict: a cast of local residents armed with metal detectors swarm an unassuming hill; we witness a conversation between former classmates at the Chinese senior home; the artist goes hunting in a chicken coop. With every loop, these and other images, dialogues, and sounds are recut through the process of recollection. 

This double presentation mirrors the structure of Zhang’s work itself, two channels facing one another with overlapping audio. Critical Distance is located at Artscape Youngplace Toronto and Centre A at BC Artscape Sun Wah in Vancouver’s Chinatown. In noting that both venues are located within artistic and community-driven spaces entangled in creative city planning, Pine Street wades into the forces of erasure Zhang’s grapples with in her film. 

Co-presented with the Images Festival and Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Vancouver)

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HollyJo | The Wisdom of Ruins: Special exhibition in conjunction with DesignTO

January 17–26, 2020

Curated by Michelle Beck and Dana Snow
A co-presentation with Taboo Health, the Health Design Studio at OCADU, and DesignTO

Opening Friday, January 17th from 6–9 pm | On view January 17–26, 2020

Weaving together threads of an unsilenced grief through ceramics, photography, sculpture, audio, and found materials, The Wisdom of Ruins is an installation by Toronto-based artist HollyJo that bears witness to unconventional grief and rituals of mourning.

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Critical Distance at Edition Toronto 2019

October 24-27, 2019

For our fourth year at Edition, Critical Distance is pleased to present an array of editions and publications from the wonderful artists, curators, and organizations we’ve partnered and collaborated with over the past 6 years. From our current exhibition, ACCESS IS LOVE AND LOVE IS COMPLICATED we are featuring two extraordinary chapbooks by 17 year old poet Adam Wolfond, published by Minneapolis-based Unrestricted Interest. As in years past, a selection of free/pwyc publications will be available for taking and sharing, including back issues of Lola (Toronto), Studio Magazine (Harlem), and Contemporary& (Berlin). 

Finally, we are thrilled to launch two new catalogues produced in conjunction with past exhibitions at Critical Distance and TYPOLOGY: On The Surface /Susana Reisman curated by Shani K Parsons (with essay by Daniella Sanader) and Fermenting Feminism curated by Lauren Fournier.

Visit our table to see these and other editions and publications by artists, writers, and publishers we love.

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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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An Archive, But Not An Atlas

April 27–June 2, 2019

Alex Jacobs-Blum, Curtiss Randolph, Camille Rojas, Eve Tagny
Curated by Liz Ikiriko

On view: April 27–June 2, 2019 / Opening reception: Saturday, April 27th, 1–3pm

“An archive, but not an atlas: the point here is not to take the world upon one’s shoulders, but to crouch down to the earth, and dig.”

— Allan Sekula

An Archive, But Not An Atlas is a group exhibition that explores personal and social histories as they are unearthed through movement, gesture, language, and land. Four emerging artists address unconscious memory as it is embodied across generations and geographies. Through photography, performance, and film, the artists’ knowledge is rooted in observing subtleties expressed in familial, domestic, or cultural locations. Continue reading

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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Taboo Health, DIYing Free, installation with Design TO Festival at Critical Distance Centre for Curators, 2019.

DIYing Free for DesignTO at Critical Distance

January 18–27, 2019

DIYing Free: Special Exhibition by Taboo Health
for DesignTO at Critical Distance

Critical Distance is pleased to participate in the 2019 edition of DesignTO Festival as host to Taboo Health’s interactive exhibition, DIYing Free, by artist Justin Tyler TateThis special exhibition is a part of the captivating DesignTO Festival event series, Dying Continue reading

CDCC Edition/3 featured book covers

Critical Distance at the 2018 Edition Art Book Fair

October 26–28, 2018

Critical Distance is pleased to participate in the 2018 Edition Art Book Fair, running concurrently with Art Toronto at Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For our third year at Edition, CDCC presents publications and editions from STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM (NY), CONTEMPORARY& (Berlin), INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL (NY), DOMINICA (LA), and HALF LETTER PRESS (Chicago); artist’s editions by KAYFA TA/MAHA MAAMOUN and ALA YOUNIS (Cairo), QIANA MESTRICH (Brooklyn), ED PANAR (Pittsburgh), and KHALED HOURANI (Palestine); plus two new catalogues produced in conjunction with recent exhibitions at Critical Distance. Continue reading

Art Book Week at Critical Distance

July 7, 2018

Featuring 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.

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 also be launching our newly stocked e-shop with a celebration and sale on Saturday, July 7th from 4–7 pm at Critical Distance. Continue reading

FORWARD FACING

April 21–June 3, 2018

Featuring Lacie Burning, Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter and Dayna Danger | Curated by Cass Gardiner and presented in partnership with Aboriginal Curatorial Collective

In partnership with Aboriginal Curatorial Collective–Collectif des commissaires autochtones, Critical Distance is pleased to present FORWARD FACING, a Featured Exhibition of the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Curated by Cass Gardiner (Toronto/Brooklyn), Forward Facing is an exhibition that examines intersectionality within Indigenous identity through the photographic, video, craft, and installation practices of Dayna Danger (Montreal), Lacie Burning (Vancouver), and Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter (Calgary). Continue reading