NOVEMBER 2, 2017 - JANUARY 1, 2018
Libby Hague is one of Canada’s foremost print-based artists and her work is featured prominently in the AGM collection. the past is never over teases out themes from her decades-long practice, upends the traditional, chronological format of the retrospective exhibition, and explores the role of storytelling and narrative in contemporary exhibitions.
The Pick Up Artist is an investigative art project which probes into the shadowy world of Pick Up Artists. Using video, text and performance, with The Pick Up Artist, Laiwint aims to expose and challenge the strategies used by this movement, questioning traditional notions of masculinity.
September 7 – October 22, 2017
walking across, talking through presents the work of artists who examine the personal narratives and relationships to both land and nation that are inextricably tied to the act of moving from one place to another. These stories, which can be traumatic or triumphant, ubiquitous and yet often not shared, allow us to find common ground, and reach across and through histories and politics.
border crossings is an interactive community engagement lab, in which visitors are invited to share their stories and experiences with crossing borders—physical and metaphorical; geographical, linguistic, spiritual and personal. Animated by activity stations, workshops, and community-built installations and facilitated by the AGM's Community Activator Sharada Eswar and artist Sonja Rainey, border crossings is a space for forging connections and sharing experiences across the diverse communities that make up Mississauga. Drop in to share your story through various stations in the gallery, or participate in a workshop or event!
September 7 - OCTOBER 22, 2017
In an exhibition that resembles a shop, Hiba Abdallah explores the question: how do we define a city? An artist who frequently works in conceptual and text-based practices, in Souvenir Shop Abdallah investigates the connections between ethnic diversity and commercial enterprise in the public consciousness of Mississauga.
JUNE 29 - AUGUST 27, 2017
A Necessary Fiction extends Jeff Thomas’s engagement with image-makers who have used Indigenous people as the subjects of their work, interrogating the relevance of such work in light of today’s self-determination movement. Employing the work of both George Hunter and Edward S. Curtis as a catalyst, Thomas presents an alternative to the hegemonic and static narratives they both construct and reinforce. Thomas explores the role such archival images have played in the quest to define his place in the world, and aims to reshape the space of the gallery and the collections held therein into a locus for reimagining both the representation and lived experience of Indigenous peoples.
JUNE 29 – AUGUST 27, 2017
Nafiseh Emadmosto’s bold gural paintings offer up representative and allegorical examinations of ideological conflict, and the power of art to inspire protest, incite censure, and yet also speak to a collective (and contested) desire to envision a better world.
May 4 - August 27, 2017
Discover the connections between family, photography, and migration with The Family Camera, organized by The Royal Ontario Museum and co-presented with the Art Gallery of Mississauga. This exhibition explores how family photos shape our sense of self, family, community and nation. Exclusively at the AGM, "Missing Chapters" considers family photos that are lost, destroyed, abandoned or never taken, featuring an installation by artist Dinh Q. Lé.
MAY 4 – JUNE 18, 2017
The Levellers extends Annie MacDonell’s ongoing research and exploration of acts of political resistance, with a focus on gestures of refusal/withdrawal and instances in which the body is used as a site of political action. To level is to make even, to redress an imbalance. The gestures that MacDonell is fascinated by
are illustrative of the strange and amorphous effect that going limp has on the balance of power between the individual and the apparatus of the state.
MAY 4 – JUNE 18, 2017
Trisha is a photo essay from Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist, musician and writer Vivek Shraya. Shraya recreates the scenes from vintage photographs of her mother as a way of both asserting connection and discovering difference between their experiences of femininity.
MARCH 2 - APRIL 16, 2017
A Matter of Life and Death brings together three bodies of work by internationally established Canadian artist Ken Lum, exploring notions of alternative portraiture, and the weaving of ctive and biographical detail in the stories we tell about ourselves and others in life and in death.
MARCH 2 - APRIL 16, 2017
The work in this exhibition is part of a larger photo essay that grew from a 2015 trip that the artist took to Vietnam, the country his parents left before he was born.
Dang went hoping to find a sense of connection with his heritage, but also hoping to experience something of that mix of wonder and bewilderment that is often produced when exploring a place that is less than familiar. However, the reality of the experience was surprising. Instead of finding the place documented in family photographs, Dang found a Vietnam that was neither familiar in the way that he was expecting, nor as different from his experiences growing up in Canada as he had anticipated.