Featured:You sit in a gardenSeptember 23 - November 21, 2021

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.





Tanya Lukin Linklater‘s performances, works for camera, installations, and writings have been shown at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019, EFA Project Space + Performa, Art Gallery of Ontario, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Remai Modern, Art Gallery of Alberta, Winnipeg Art Gallery, La Biennale de Montréal, and elsewhere. She will participate in Soft Water Hard Stone, the 2021 New Museum Triennial. Her collection of poetry, Slow Scrape, was published by The Centre for Expanded Poetics and Anteism in 2020 with a second printing in 2021. Tanya studied at University of Alberta (M.Ed.) and Stanford University (A.B. Honours). In 2021 Tanya received the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts for Visual Art and was long listed for the Sobey Art Award. She is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Her Alutiiq homelands are in southwestern Alaska where much of her family continues to live.

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Laurie Kang (b. 1985, Toronto, Canada) lives and works in Toronto. She has exhibited at SculptureCenter, Interstate Projects, Cue Art Foundation, New York; Oakville Galleries, Oakville; The Power Plant, Franz Kaka, Cooper Cole, Gallery TPW, and Carl Louie, Toronto; Remai Modern, Saskatoon; Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran and L’inconnue, Montreal; Raster Gallery, Warsaw; and Camera Austria, Graz. Her work will be included in the 2021 New Museum Triennial. Artist residencies include Rupert, Vilnius; Tag Team, Bergen; The Banff Centre, Alberta; Triangle Studios and Interstate Projects, Brooklyn. She holds an MFA from the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College and is represented by Franz Kaka Gallery.

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Lila de Magalhaes (b. 1986 Rio de Janiero, Brazil) lives and works in Los Angeles. Selected solo and two-person exhibitions include: Spank the Sky, Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico (2020); Palace of Errors, Deli Gallery, New York, NY (2019); Cupid of Chaos, Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles (2019); Remote Control, Abode, Los Angeles (2017); Broilmarie, with Brigham Baker, UP STATE, Zurich (2016); and Motorfruit, Blood Gallery, New York (2015).


Nona Inescu (b. 1991, Bucharest, Romania) studied at Chelsea College of Arts & Design in London (2009-2010), the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp (2010-2011), and at the National University of Arts in Bucharest (Photography and Video Department), where she graduated in 2016. Inescu has exhibited internationally at SpazioA, Pistoia, Italy; Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia; Hua International, Berlin, Germany; Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, Germany; Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Germany; Kunst im Tunnel (KIT), Dusseldorf, Germany; Swimming Pool Projects, Sofia, Bulgaria; FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France; Survival Kit 9, Riga, Latvia; Kunstverein Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany, Bubble’n’Squeak, Brussels, Belgium, AVU Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic. Forthcoming projects include newly commissioned works for Art Encounters Biennale in Timisoara (Romania), as well as a solo presentation for FIAC with SpazioA gallery in Paris (France).

Artist Website


Jenine Marsh (b. 1984, Calgary, Canada) is an artist and writer based in Toronto. Solo and two-person exhibitions include: COOPER COLE, Franz Kaka and 8-11, Toronto; Lulu, Mexico City; Centre CLARK and Vie d’ange, Montreal; Entrée, Bergen; Interface, Oakland CA; and Stride Gallery, Calgary. Group exhibitions include: Gianni Manhattan, Vienna; Essex Flowers,
NYC; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Frieze London; OSL contemporary, Oslo; Rupert, Vilnius; Murmurs, Night Gallery and Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles. She has participated in residencies at USF Verftet (Bergen NO), Rupert (Vilnius LT), the Banff Centre (Banff CA), and Vermont Studio Center (Johnson VT USA).

Artist Website



Chris Andrews (b. 1994) is a curator and artist living and working in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal). He holds a BFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University, Toronto, and has participated in residencies at Celine Bureau, Montréal, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, as well as a forthcoming residency at ISCP, Brooklyn in Fall 2021.

Curator Website



Thursday September 23, 2021
You sit in a garden
Opening Reception: 6 – 9 pm

Critical Distance is thrilled to announce that we will be having an opening reception for You sit in a garden, our Fall/Winter 2021 show, curated by Chris Andrews.

20 minute time slots will be allotted for visitors on a first come, first served basis. No bookings required for the opening!

Visitors are invited to gather outside of Artscape Youngplace where we will have individually packaged refreshments for your enjoyment while waiting for your time slot. Please note this reception will be held rain or shine, so do come prepared with an umbrella in case of rain.

We look forward to seeing you for this celebratory occasion!



With safety in mind, CDCC will be implementing a booking system for gallery visits after September 24th. Gallery visits are 45 minutes to accommodate a 15 minute cleaning period in between visits and can be booked by following this link: https://visitCDCC.as.me



Before entering the gallery you will be asked to fill out the Artscape Youngplace COVID screening and show us the approval screen.

Masks are required at all times inside Artscape Youngplace and the gallery. Please ensure that you maintain social distancing measures. Critical Distance will have an unscented sanitizer available for your use. Masks will also be available by donation if you forget to bring yours. 

All staff has been fully vaccinated and will remain masked.

We have capacity for two visitors in the gallery at a time. Exceptions can be made for children who accompany a caregiver. However any children over 2 are required to wear a mask and wash or sanitize their hands.



Critical Distance is located at Artscape Youngplace, a wheelchair accessible building with a ramp at the 180 Shaw Street doors, and an accessible washroom on every level. Gendered multi-stall washrooms are also on every level, and single-stall gender-neutral washrooms are available on levels 2 and 3. All levels are accessible via both elevator and stairs. The TTC’s 63 Ossington bus stops at Queen and Shaw and is wheelchair accessible. Google Map

All artworks in the exhibition will be captioned and have audio description where relevant. All events will have ASL interpretation. If you have any questions, please contact CDCC Education and Accessibility Programs Director Emily Cook at emily@criticaldistance.ca.


Image: Jenine Marsh, ​​Within or beyond my means (Detail), 2021, Flowers, synthetic rubber, wire, acrylic varnish, steel. Approx. 30 x 18 x 30″. Courtesy of the artist and Cooper Cole, Toronto.


Audio description files recorded and edited by Kat Germain



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