April Exhibitions Opening at Xpace Cultural Centre
Join us for the opening of our April exhibitions!
This event is FREE!
Recess curated by Jaycee Tu
Rowena Katigbak, Eric Oh, Lina Wu, Yuma Yanagisawa, Cristine Yunyk.
April 12th - May 11th, 2019
As a child in school, a typical day often revolves around recess hour- a time for playing games, sports or make-believe with friends. Recess is a multidisciplinary group exhibition investigating the ways in which play can strengthen community. Many of the works in this exhibition blur the division between the artist and the visitor, encouraging collaboration and fostering human connection. Exploring the significance of participation, improvisation, rebellion and playfulness- Recess invites visitors to become collaborators in the creation of a shared play experience.
Zahra Komeylian, Container for a precarious record
April 12 - May 11, 2019
Container for a precarious record explores the propensity of wax as a material for record-keeping. This work examines the internalized disciplines and postures of the viscera and limbs, shaped by the discursive institutional forces acted upon the social body. Utilizing process-based intervention with performance ephemera, found metal, and text, this work is a meditation on the tensions produced and augmented by the body’s negotiation with agency and docility, safety and containment.
Basil AlZeri - A Facade of Flesh, A Spirit of Skins
April 12 – May 11, 2019
Considers the relationship between life and death under colonial regimes. Regardless if death comes in the form of direct murder, vital life resources are stolen, or flora and environments are destroyed, life is reduced to a state of mere survival. Figuring out how to live when living in the face of death becomes a complex, sophisticated and imaginative act. Living well, thriving, even flourishing, under these destructive conditions represents an extraordinary act of resistance.
The evolving installation features an ombré of curtains in a range of skin tones melding into a single wall of flesh. A small segment of the wall reveals an Inconspicuous scene of detritus, reflective of lives lived, which includes consumption, remains and eventual death.
Marissa Sean Cruz , I AM NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS
April 3 – September 3, 2019
I AM NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS is a compilation of videos documenting a fictitious female entity enamored with pizza as a means to knead through technological immediacy, internet subcultures and consumption. This love-affair spawns an episodic cybernetic reality, physicalized by Western cultures infatuation with Americanized food and diets. In the present state of notorious two-day shipping and targeted algorithms, "the pizza girl" is blended into the varieties and vulgarities of pizza-themed online content, actualizing what it means to be a product of a cultural product. Her fabricated identity is a prop for extreme self- identification, as we watch her in attempts to make sense of her own self-obsessive digital presence.
The External Space is located in the OCAD University Learning Zone. External Space exhibitions are also viewable online: http://www.xpace.info/external-space/
Accessibility info: Xpace’s entrance is at street level with no steps. The galleries, office and gender neutral washrooms are all located on the 1st floor. Service animals may accompany visitors at any time. Lighting and fragrance vary per exhibition/event; please contact us if you have any questions regarding these items.