September 22, 2016 - January 1, 2017
Opening Reception: September 22, 2016, 7 pm


FREE bus from The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W, Toronto), departing at 6 pm. Bus leaves the AGM at 8:30 pm for return trip to Toronto.

A traumatic event can cast a long shadow. The reverberations and memory of such personal or collective wounds can permanently inflect day to day life, infiltrate the cultural consciousness, and can be the impetus for activism and art production. Throughout his career, acclaimed Canadian artist Ed Pien has explored themes of disappearance and haunting in his work; in Shadowed Land he delves deeper into them, exploring how memory, loss, trauma, marginalization, resilience, and empathy intersect. Pien is particularly concerned with the ethical responsibility to remember and learn from traumatic events and difficult histories, and the challenges inherent in their representation.

Depictions of wars, genocide and destruction have filled the canvases of artists throughout history and have informed and shaped cultural understandings of violence and trauma. But what are the unintended effects of propagating these images? Who and what is remembered and memorialized, and how? What stories are left out? Do we present images of trauma to the detriment of those struggling to process these events, or does the need for awareness supersede that for sensitivity?


Pien takes up these questions, and places a particular focus on the elusive, sometimes hidden, and difficult to access nature of memory and trauma - difficult to access because it is personal and subjective, or because it is often not adequately publicly acknowledged. The resulting work, in its abstracted, repetitive nature, speaks to these challenges of understanding, representing and processing trauma. We all live on shadowed land - physically and metaphorically, knowingly or unknowingly – and it behooves us to understand the implications of its history, and our responsibility to it, in the present, and in the future.


Here's a short video of Ed Pien discussing empathy, memory, interruption and loss in Shadowed Land.








Artist Talk: Ed Pien

Thursday, September 29, 6:30 pm

Join us for an artist talk with Ed Pien as he discusses his practice and the exhibition Shadowed Land.


Workshop with Ed Pien:



Saturday, October 22, 1-3 pm


Catalogue launch and panel discussion:

Date to be announced! Stay tuned.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga is pleased to partner with the Thames Art Gallery in the presentation of an exhibition catalogue. An exhibition of Ed Pien’s work will be mounted at the Thames Art Gallery in 2018.