Exhibitions

 

At the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries

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.


Current Exhibitions

First, Second and Third Floor Hallway Gallery

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Etobicoke School of the Arts Grade 12 Contemporary Photography
(CONTACT Photography Festival)
April 30 – May 17
Free

Koffler Gallery

Nevet Yitzhak: WarCraft
(CONTACT Photography Festival)
April 4 – May 26
Free

Critical Distance Centre for Curators

An Archive, But Not An Atlas
(CONTACT Photography Festival)
CDCC, Artscape Youngplace Stairwells and Billboard
April 27 – June 2, 2019
Free

Billboard


Upcoming Exhibitions

Spectra – Gallery 44 Members Exhibition
(CONTACT Photography Festival)
May 20 – June 1
Free


Current Exhibitions

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April 30 – May 17, 2019

Poster for Etobicoke School of the Arts Contemporary Photography Grade 12 Graduation Show

An exhibition of the 2019 Graduating Class from the
Contemporary Photography Program at Etobicoke School of the Arts.

Etobicoke School of the Arts’ (ESA) photography program underwent a philosophical transformation eight years ago. The direction of the program moved from a technically focused approach to photography to a contemporary, conceptually driven pedagogy of art making. Now, at age15, students are supported to learn how to make work about their lived experience. By the middle of grade 10 theme-focused assignments are completely eliminated and each student makes art about specific topics that are important to them. By the end of Grade 11 the majority of our students have established a legitimate artistic practice containing honest, thoughtful work that is uniquely their own.  Success has been built around a community that shares, listens and creates time and a space where ideas can be communicated, investigated and realized.

The results from this approach speak for themselves. In 2018, fifty-five Contemporary Photography ESA graduates had a 98% success rate of acceptance into their post secondary programs of choice and received over $10 million dollars in scholarship offers to some of the worlds top International and National art programs. Amazingly, every year, over the past eight years, our student’s achievements grow.

From day one we treat our students like artists. Whether they are applying to exhibitions, curating, or speaking publicly about their art, we work to introduce them to real world art practices. Through this CONTACT exhibition we will highlight the three-year journey of each graduating student and the program that helped get them here. You will be introduced to young artists who have re-formulated their history by recording alternative measures of time, who find refuge and strength in “drag”, or have discovered unity and control over their place in the world through their art making process.

For any questions about our program or inquiries about purchasing an art work, please contact us at: ESA.contemporaryphoto@gmail.com

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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.

For many marginalized people the denial of dominant culture to acknowledge inherent, embodied knowledge, acts as a form of erasure. The trauma experienced by the denial of intrinsic relationships to self and land becomes a silencing force, muting creative production. Art critic/historian Hal Foster writes of the incompleteness of the archive as a bridge between the found and the constructed, the factual and the fictional, the public and private. To accept this amorphous state is to accept multiple ways of knowing one’s past, present, and future. An Archive, But Not An Atlas makes space for these four artists to cultivate power and presence through body and land as they converse with history.

An Archive, But Not An Atlas is a Featured Exhibition of the 2019 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and is presented in dialogue with Developing Historical Negatives, curated by Gabrielle Moser for Gallery 44. These thematically linked exhibitions investigate how artists engage the archive to question experiences of belonging, displacement, and situatedness in the Canadian landscape. Mining both personal and institutional narratives, the projects activate overlooked and marginalized histories, drawing attention to their ongoing resonance in the present.

EXHIBITION-RELATED EVENTS

Opening Reception and Curator’s Tour with Liz Ikiriko
Saturday, April 27th, 1–3pm
Join us in the gallery for refreshments and a curatorial walkthrough of the exhibition (tour will start at 1:30). See below for location and accessibility information.

Live Performance
System of a Gesture by Camille Rojas
Saturday, May 11th, 1–3pm
Free public premiere of System of a Gesture, choreographed by Camille Rojas. Performance will take place outside Youngplace; in case of rain, an alternate location will be announced closer to the date.

Reading Groups at Gallery 44 and Critical Distance
Saturday, May 18th, 12-3pm, at Gallery 44 and Saturday, May 25th, 1–3pm at Critical Distance
Join curators Gabrielle Moser and Liz Ikiriko in a conversation about the gestures artists and researchers use to activate the photographic archive. Reading out loud from performance studies scholar Diana Taylor’s book, The Archive and the Repertoire (2003), and photography theorist Tina M. Campt’s book, Image Matters (2012), the group will meet across both gallery spaces to consider the “archival choreographies” deployed by artists to develop alternate histories from private and public collections.

Free but please RSVP to coordinator@criticaldistance.ca for more information.


Nevet Yitzhak: WarCraft
April 4 – May 26, 2019
Guest Curator: Liora Belford

Spring Opening Reception: Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 7–9 PM | FREE
Artist and Curator Talk: Sunday, April 7, 2 PM | FREE

A Primary Exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Living in Israel as a Jewish artist of Kurdish, Syrian and Yemenite heritage, Nevet Yitzhak’s practice raises questions about cultural heritage, suppressed histories, collective forgetfulness, and identity. The artist looks to the Afghan war rug, a unique product of the region’s traumatic history of conflict and foreign military presence, as a departure point in exploring the significance and potential of this unconventional medium to protest violence and occupation. Expressing her minoritized position within Israeli society and her dissent from its current politics, Yitzhak’s three-channel video installation, WarCraft (2014), looks to the eastern world for kindred forms of expressions.

The installation comprises three large-scale projections of digitally constructed rugs. Reimagining their iconography to reference contemporary warzones, Yitzhak introduces 3D models of weaponry deployed by existing armies and battlegrounds. Translated into a new medium, these digital designs pay tribute to the traditional war rug’s intent while moving from cultural specificity to address other conflicts and articulate a bold indictment of aggression. Yitzhak’s digital patterns expose a vastly destructive potential, reminding us of the ubiquity of war imagery and of our numbness to its violence.

Co-presented with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, in partnership with Images Festival.


Spectra Gallery 44 Members Exhibition
May 20 – June 1

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 23, 6 – 8 pm
Artists’ Talk: Saturday, May 25, 2 – 3 pm, led by Fred Lum
June 1 open only until 3 pm.

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Spectra is an exhibition by a dynamic group of members from Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography. Gallery 44 is committed to creating programs and exhibitions that reflect the continuously changing definition of photography by presenting a wide range of practices that engage timely and critical explorations of the medium.

Spectra showcases the innovative work of twelve G44 members in conjunction with the Scotiabank CONTACT 2019 Photography Festival:

Annie Tong | Atia Pokorny | Broma | Celina Virani | Christina Shivcharan | David Brandy | Elsie Nisonen | Gustavo Jabbaz | Janne Reuss | Jude Marion | Robert Caspary | Sandy Middleton

Selected works from the show may be viewed at www.spectracontactphotography.com
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