Please join us for the opening reception of our Fall exhibitions shift CTRL and Bonnie Devine | Circles and Lines: Michi Saagiig. On the same night, Bonnie Devine will give an artist talk about her art practice and exhibition at the AGM. All are welcome. Refreshments provided.
Councillor King-Jamieson will open the exhibition and welcome all guests at approximately 6:45 PM. Artist and Curator Talk will begin at approximately 7:00 PM, followed by community discussion.
Coming from Toronto and need a ride? Get on our FREE SHUTTLE BUS from Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street, Toronto) departing at 6 PM. Bus leaves the AGM at 8:30 PM for return trip to Toronto. RSVP on Eventbrite to reserve your seat!
The AGM is a barrier-free space with an all-gender washroom.
Bonnie Devine | Circles and Lines: Michi Saagiig
September 6 – December 21, 2018 | Guest-curated by Raven Davis
In this project, Bonnie Devine uses various media and mapping strategies to explore the complex colonial histories of the north shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, which include the cities of Mississauga and Toronto and the traditional territories of the Michi Saagiig (Mississauga) and the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations of the Grand River).
Through the combination of a series of scrolls, maps, media, and braided reeds, Circles and Lines: Michi Saagiig aims to reconnect and ground us on the traditional territory and land we benefit from, live on, and call home.
A member of Serpent River First Nation, Genaabaajing, an Anishinaabe Ojibwa territory on the north shore of Lake Huron, Bonnie Devine’s work emerges from the storytelling and image-making traditions she witnessed as a child. Her art explores issues of land and environment, treaty and history. She is an artist, curator, writer, and educator. Though formally educated at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD U) and York University, her most enduring learning came from her grandparents, who were trappers on the Canadian Shield. Devine’s installation, video, and curatorial projects have been shown in solo and group exhibitions and film festivals across Canada and in the USA, South America, Russia, Europe, and China, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Berlin Film Festival, the National Museum of the American Indian, and Today Art Museum in Beijing.
Raven Davis is an Indigenous, multidisciplinary artist, curator, performer, human rights speaker and community educator from the Anishinaabek Nation in Manitoba. Davis was born and raised in Toronto and currently works and lives between Halifax and Toronto. A parent of three sons, Davis blends narratives of colonization, race, gender, sexuality, Two-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabemowin language and culture into a variety of contemporary art forms.
September 6 – December 21, 2018 | Curated by Anu Radha Verma
Gallery spaces are often conceived of as separate(d) from communities, requiring community members to cross a threshold to enter, engage and be included. shift CTRL is a search for the liminal space, not simply inviting people in, but recognizing the ways in which the institution is always a part of community. Over three months, the XIT-RM is transformed into a multi-use space for shift CTRL with three distinct components that ask questions, celebrate community and challenge barriers.
responding to the city we are in: engagement hub on art, politics and belonging
September 6 – September 30
community collaborations: short-run exhibitions with local groups committed to social change
October 1 – October 31
shift CTRL B(l)ackspace: Kadeem Dunn’s playable showcase examines the past/present of Blacks in gaming
November 1 – December 21
Image: Bonnie Devine, Titled/Untitled, (detail), ink and crayon on paper, 2018. Courtesy of the artist. Map courtesy of Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL).