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Xpace Cultural Centre March Exhibitions Opening Reception
Join us for the opening of our March exhibitions!
There will be drinks, snacks, and artists and curator will be in attendance.
Memorial: Work by Artists of the Venezuelan Diaspora curated by Camila Salcedo
February 28th - March 28th, 2020
Ana Luisa Bernardez Notz, denirée isabel, Sebastián Rodríguez y Vasti, Alejandro Rizzo Nervo, Cecilia Salcedo, and Camila Salcedo, and Andrea Dudier
Memorial: Work by Artists of the Venezuelan Diaspora is a touring exhibition which features work by young Venezuelan artists who have immigrated and are creating work within the context of Canada: Ana Luisa Bernardez Notz, denirée isabel, Sebastián Rodríguez y Vasti, Alejandro Rizzo Nervo, Cecilia Salcedo, and Camila Salcedo, and Andrea Dudier, who is currently living and making within the context of Argentina. The title “Memorial” is a reference to both mourning and memory in regards to the current Venezuelan migration and humanitarian crisis, and as a result of being displaced which has placed us far away from our families and familiar spaces.
Memorial: Arte por Artistas de la Diáspora Venezolana es una exhibición de artistas venezolanos que han emigrado y están creando desde el contexto de Canadá: Ana Luisa, Bernardez Notz, denirée isabel, Sebastián Rodríguez y Vasti, Alejandro Rizzo Nervo, Cecilia Salcedo y Camila Salcedo, y Andrea Dudier, quien actualmente vive en Argentina. El título “Memorial” es una referencia al proceso del duelo y a la memoria debido a la actual crisis migratoria y humanitaria en Venezuela, y como resultado de haber sido desplazados, lo que nos alejó de nuestras familias y lugares familiares.
Aaron Jones, Exercise Nerve (Men I Face or Many Faces)
February 28th - March 28th, 2020
Thousands of years ago an immortal being emerged. He’s called himself many names and often resembles birch. Recently without hesitation, he has identified as heroic historical figure. Today, he is an actor who has the ability is to change from his default human face to that of a robot, a monster, as well as numerous other faces. He alternates primarily for the purpose of role-playing so that he appears less ominous as a character, and therefore, more palatable for younger and less critical audiences.
He believes his purpose is to spectate and govern others - especially the Many Faces cut, ripped and torn from their origins - who live on what they believe to be "home" yet "foreign" land.
Danielle Coleman, I Hope You're Doing Well
February 28th - April 4th, 2020
Considering the kitsch qualities of the “perfect home”, qualities of women’s work and traditional images that are produced around idealized romantic relationships, I Hope You’re Doing Well discusses the subject of romantic relationships. Exploring the distaste or taboo nature of communicating romance within visual art, Coleman uses the language of kitsch in order to allow the work to be intentionally excessive, garish, overly sentimental and ironic. Playing with the construction of idealized relationship rituals that are commercially practiced through the language of craft, this exhibition speaks to the romantic emotions of heartbreak which are considered cliché within academic understandings of the lover’s discourse.
Kaya Joan, Part Three
February 19th - March 31st, 2020
Through a mixture of animation and video assemblage, Part Three explores a dreamscape world, parallel to our own. A human enters this world through a portal. In this stage of their journey, they navigate grief, memory and healing. This new media work includes poetic story-telling told through the narrator that speaks about gender, describing their own relationship to land, medicine and the beings which inhabit these spaces.
The External Space is located in the OCAD University Learning Zone at 122 St. Patrick St. External Space exhibitions are available also on a monitor in the Xpace Library and are also viewable online: http://www.xpace.info/external-space/
Accessibility: 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.