Public Syntax

Featuring naakita feldman-kiss, Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Henry Andersen, Mara Eagle, Phil Rose, Molly Teitelbaum, Anna Queen, and the Video in the Public Sphere Working Group

Curated by Neven Lochhead
and presented in partnership with SAW Video Media Art Centre, Ottawa

February 7 – March 31, 2019
Opening reception Saturday, February 9th from 2–4 pm. Gallery hours thereafter Wednesday–Friday 12-6, Saturday–Sunday 11-5, and by appointment.

Nuit Rose 2018 Opening Night

NUIT ROSE is back for its fifth festival with the theme UNBOUND. This year, NUIT ROSE returns to Artscape Youngplace with a major group exhibition of painting, drawing, photography, video and sculpture. Musical and DJ performances will activate our FREE opening night. Come for the art and stay for the party.

Opening Night: Wednesday, June 13th, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Exhibition: June 13th – June 23rd


Exhibition: Esther Shalev-Gerz

Esther Shalev-Gerz

Curated by Mona Filip

April 5 – June 3, 2018 | Koffler  Gallery

Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12 PM – 6 PM, Saturday & Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM, Closed Mondays & Statutory Holidays

Spring Opening Reception: Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 6–9 PM | FREE


Internationally recognized for her significant contributions in the field of public art, photography, and video installation, Paris-based artist Esther Shalev-Gerz consistently investigates the construction of memory, history, nature, democracy, and cultural identity. The Koffler Gallery presents Shalev-Gerz’ first exhibition in Toronto, bringing together four video and photography installations that explore memory and migration. Developed through active dialogue with diverse communities, these projects foreground participants’ individual and collective experiences.

With thoughtful, nuanced approaches to collaboration, Shalev-Gerz’s artworks confront the practice of portraiture, considering how it may address contemporary politics of representation. Examining the impact of time and space on identity constructions, places, and (hi)stories, these works record, critique, and expand the understanding of the social role of artistic practice.

Esther Shalev-Gerz (born Gilinsky) was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. Her family moved to Jerusalem in 1957, where she graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. She briefly lived in New York in 1980-1981, and since 1984 she lives and works between Paris and Cortes Island, Canada. In 2010 and 2012 two major retrospective exhibitions respectively displayed ten and fifteen of her installations, first at Jeu de Paume, Paris then at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Lausanne. Space Between Time, her one-woman exhibition at Wasserman Projects, Detroit presented nine of her installations between April and July 2016. She has exhibited internationally in, amongst other places, San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, London, Stockholm, Vancouver, Finland, Geneva, Guangzhou and New York. She designed and realized permanent installations in public space in Hamburg, Israel, Stockholm, Wanas, Geneva, Glasgow and more. She is currently producing her latest permanent art work, The Shadow in Vancouver, Canada. For more information:

Exhibition: Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012

Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012

September 14 – November 26, 2017 | Koffler Gallery

Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12 PM – 6 PM, Saturday & Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM, Closed Mondays & Statutory Holidays

Fall Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 6–9 PM | FREE

‘Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012’ traces the development of contemporary video practice in Israel and highlights work by artists who take an incisive, critical perspective towards the cultural and political landscape in Israel and beyond. Produced and circulated by Artis as an internationally touring exhibition and program (2016-2018), the project showcases the work of 38 artists, including early performances, films and videos never before presented outside of Israel. Divided into four historic and thematic sections, ‘Staring Back at the Sun’ focuses on the activist impulse in video art-making in Israel over the last four decades. Informed by the international history of video art, the exhibition traces the development of the medium in Israel and explores how artists have employed technology and material to examine the socio-political status quo, through themes such as the prominence of political conflict in mass media; the liberalization of the economy; and the impact of free market politics on Israeli culture.

IMAGE CREDIT:  Rona Yefman and Tanja Schlander, still from Pippi Longstocking, The Strongest Girl in the World, 2006 – 2008, single channel HD video.

Exhibition – Not a Place on a Map: the Desh Pardesh Project

Not a Place on a Map: the Desh Pardesh Project

May 26 – June 9, 2016 | First Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Monday to Sunday 8 AM – 9 PM, Closed Statutory Holidays

Desh Pardesh (“home away from home” in Hindustani) was a groundbreaking multidisciplinary arts festival that took hold of the GTA from 1988-2001. Desh was dedicated to providing a venue for underrepresented and marginalized voices within the South Asian diaspora. Programming and conversations about feminism, class, sexuality, access, disability, race, caste, imperialism, and capitalism were central to the festival’s existence.

Drawing from the history of Desh Pardesh Not a Place on a Map,  facilitates intergenerational relationships between artists and activists of colour based in Toronto. This three-year initiative includes an oral history project about Desh, a mentorship program, social gatherings, exhibitions, workshops, and the development of an online archive.

This exhibition will offer excerpts from recent interviews with Desh members, alongside rare photographs and video footage of the festival. It will provide glimpses of the socio-political context into which Desh inserted itself, as well as a series of snapshots of the urgent and complex home away from home the festival served for so many.

Desh inspired and fostered the growth of many artistic and community-based initiatives, including SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre). SAVAC is a non-profit, artist-run centre that works to increase the visibility of artists of colour by curating and exhibiting their work, providing mentorship, and facilitating professional development.

To get involved in the Not a Place on a Map project, contact Anna Malla at

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