With over 9,350 square feet of space, the Hallway Galleries occupy the hallways and stairwells of Artscape Youngplace, on (and between) three floors of this beautiful 100-year-old building. Open seven days a week with free admission. Rent the Hallway Galleries for art exhibitions.
Hours: Daily, 9am – 8pm
MYTORONTO is a photography contest and calendar project for individuals with lived experience of poverty and homelessness. The initiative is inspired by MyLondon, which was started by a UK-based social enterprise called Café Art, and then expanded to various cities around the world. This is the second year of the MYTORONTO Program presented by Ve’ahavta, a Jewish humanitarian agency serving marginalized individuals, in partnership with various community organizations. Funds for the program were raised by Ve’ahavta through the sponsorship of calendar pages and individual donations, as well as a crowdfunding campaign.
Creative skills workshops were facilitated for people with lived experience of poverty and homelessness at The 519 community centre. On May 10, a camera distribution day was held at The Ryerson School of Image Arts. One hundred and eleven participants were given 35mm single-use cameras, donated by Fujifilm. The participants were invited to capture what #STRENGTH meant to them in the City of Toronto and what inspired them. Ninety-three cameras were returned for processing and approximately 2,600
photographs were printed featuring shots of nature, architecture, Toronto iconography, living spaces, objects, animals, celebrations, street corners and people. The pictures illustrate the strength, beauty and joy that exist alongside the challenges associated with poverty and homelessness.
A jury of eight individuals with backgrounds in professional photography, community services, the arts, social servivces and homeless advocacy selected the 40 exhibit photos on display at Artscape Youngplace 2nd floor gallery. Thirteen of these have been chosen for the 2019 calendar and greeting cards, which will be sold on the streets and various venues by participants of the MYTORONTO Vendor Training program. Half of the vendor sales goes to the participants while the other half funds the program.
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The 5th annual (mus)interpreted exhibit showcases the work of 19 Muslim women who live and practice in the Greater Toronto Area. Through a variety of mediums and approaches to the visual arts, these artists explore personal and political narratives, document and reflect on their lived experiences, and navigate the notions and spaces in which Muslim women are defined and redefined. This exhibition provides alternative perspectives into the diverse realities of Muslim women. It is a testament to past struggles, a celebration of resilience, and a collective envisioning of a self-determined inclusive future.
Come to celebrate with us and experience the work of 19 incredible, brave, and resilient Muslim women who share their stories, ideologies, and experiences through the visual arts.
Lise Beaudry, Scott Benesiinaabansan, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Leila Fatemi, Maria Hupfield, Raafia Jessa and Nadia Myre, curated by Noa Bronstein.
Through lines brings together the works of seven artists that challenge notions of redaction, tackling its typical devices of shredding, blacking out, editing and covering up. Each project featured in this exhibition engages a restorative gesture that speaks to the ways in which history and memory are conceptualized within a contemporary context. Rather than considering redaction simply as a bureaucratic tool or an outcome of state control, these specific approaches enable new forms of knowledge production and remembering, both politically and personally. Contemplating alternative legibilities that might emerge through redaction, the exhibition highlights the spaces of inquiry revealed through acts of obstruction.
Visit https://criticaldistance.ca/program/through-lines/ and http://kofflerarts.org/exhibitions/2018/06/08/through-lines/ for more information.
Image: Leila Fatemi, Revealed/Reveiled, 2018.
Through lines is presented across several locations at Artscape Youngplace: Koffler Gallery (1st floor), Critical Distance (3rd floor), and the outdoor Billboard on Shaw Street.
Guest Curator: Noa Bronstein
Based in Montreal, Nadia Myre is an Indigenous and Quebecois artist interested in having conversations about identity, resilience and politics of belonging. Indian Act speaks of the realities of colonization – the effects of contact and its often-broken and un-translated contracts. The original work consists of all 56 pages of the Federal Government’s Indian Act mounted on Stroud cloth and sewn over with red and white glass beads. Each word is replaced with white beads sewn into the document; the red beads replace the negative space.
Between 1999 and 2002, Myre enlisted over 230 friends, colleagues and strangers to assist her in beading over the Indian Act. With the help of Rhonda Meier, they organized workshops and presentations at Concordia University, and hosted weekly beading bees at Oboro Gallery, where it was first presented in 2002, as part of the exhibition Cont[r]act.
Indian Act is presented as part of the exhibition Through lines, organized by the Koffler Gallery in partnership with Critical Distance Centre for Curators. Continuing inside the Artscape Youngplace building, the project brings together the works of seven artists that challenge notions of redaction, tackling its typical devices of shredding, blacking out, editing and covering up. Each of the artworks featured engages a restorative gesture that speaks to the ways in which history and memory are conceptualized within a contemporary context. Rather than considering redaction simply as a bureaucratic tool or an outcome of state control, these specific approaches enable new forms of knowledge production and remembering, both politically and personally. Contemplating alternative legibilities that might emerge through redaction, the exhibition highlights the spaces of inquiry revealed through acts of obstruction.
In each of these multi-layered projects, redaction performs as an invitation to challenge assumptions and easy readings of images, documents and texts. Honing these parallel perspectives, Through lines points to the spaces in-between, where the hidden and obscured becomes as significant as the visible.
Through lines is presented across several locations at Artscape Youngplace: Koffler Gallery (1st floor), Critical Distance (3rd floor) and the outdoor billboard (Shaw Street).