Archive:Room For Shifting Expressions: Critical Distance at NUIT ROSE 2019June 15-23, 2019

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.

Location and Hours

Chengyang and Bagheri’s work will be situated in the Critical Distance gallery (Suite 302). Additional work by Bagheri will also be on view the 3rd floor hallway outside our door at Artscape Youngplace as a part
of a group exhibition curated by John Rubino for Nuit Rose. Beyond Youngplace, Nuit Rose will takes place at multiple venues across Toronto with its focus in the Church-Wellesley Village.

Critical Distance Centre for Curators
180 Shaw Street, Suite 302 at Artscape Youngplace, M6J 2W5
Building and gallery are fully accessible and admission is always free.
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Gallery hours are Wednesday–Friday, 12–6pm, Saturday–Sunday 11am–5pm, or by appointment through June 23rd. 

About the Artists

Eric Chengyang (they/them, he/him) is an interdisciplinary artist who works between traditional and digital mediums, such as painting, photography, time-based media, installation, and design. They utilize experimental, hybrid art forms to capture the intersections and relativity between East and West while challenging conventional binaries of West versus East. Chengyang’s recent works focus on the exploration of universal values within culturally specific objects, motifs, and stories. Instagram: @monkeywearstie

Ebrin Bagheri (he/him), born in 1983, is an Iranian/Canadian visual artist currently living and working in Toronto. Working primarily in drawing and painting, Bagheri has been focusing on portraiture to explore themes of masculinity and gender while alluding to historical conceptions of pre-modern desire. Bagheri received his MFA from York University and holds a BFA from OCAD University. Bagheri has exhibited in group shows across Iran and Canada.

About the Curator

Emily Peltier (she/her, they/them) is an independent curator, writer, and advocate for the wellbeing of 2SLGBTQ+ identified people and communities, everywhere. Peltier is the co-creator and programmer of the world’s first, and only, miniature 2SLGBTQ+ gallery and collective Glory Hole Gallery, located at The 519 Community Centre in Toronto. She has curated and co-curated exhibitions within the city of Toronto at Blank Canvas Gallery, as well as for Nuit Blanche Independent Projects, NUIT ROSE, The ArQuives, and Toronto Pride. Peltier holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from OCAD University and is currently the Curatorial Programs Coordinator at Critical Distance Center for Curators.,

About the Presenting Partners

Nuit Rose is a free annual festival of queer-focused art and performance that takes place during Toronto Pride. It showcases provocative, cutting edge work by diverse local and international artists, and engages LGBTQ communities, art lovers, residents and visitors to Toronto in unique experiences with art across the city. For more information about the history of Nuit Rose, and featured artists in the 2019 festival please visit the official website at

John Rubino, Nuit Rose Curator, (he/him) is an arts educator, programmer and independent curator. A graduate of l’Isituto per l’Arte il Restauro in Florence, Italy, Rubino has worked in the ateliers of Karl Kneidl and Gerhardt Richter at Kunstakademie Duesseldorf. He holds a Master’s of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto, and he has worked as a curatorial assistant for the Royal Ontario Museum and the Canada Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art. Rubino is co-founder of NUIT ROSE, and currently works in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University.