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Close Readings

Close Readings
January 14 - February 25, 2017

Close Readings brings together practices that are by turns invested in uncovering the frailty of language, prodding at cultural anxieties and individual pleasures, excavating and refusing legacies, asking for tenderness, applying pressure, attending to the complications and vulnerabilities of being together while we are implicated—politically, socially, personally—by artworks and their demands on us.

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Sharon Lockhart

Rudzienko
September 8 – October 29, 2016

The Toronto International Film Festival and Gallery TPW are pleased to co-present Rudzienko, a new film installation by American artist Sharon Lockhart. Through her precise films and photographic works, Lockhart explores the relationship between still and moving images and the productive space between the choreographed and natural gesture.

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Working Conditions

Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, Kajsa Dahlberg, Duane Linklater → John Hampton, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Joshua Schwebel. Curated by Sam Cotter.
June 23 - August 6, 2016
Acknowledging that the studio exists at the intersection of many ecologies, the artists in Working Conditions place themselves in relation to factors beyond their place of production, looking at the power dynamics, blind spots and measures of success contained in the economies and ecosystems surrounding them.

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Oliver Husain

Isla Santa Maria 3D
The films of Oliver Husain are known for their play with cinematic languages and visual codes. From the theatrical to dance to puppetry and animation, with unique costume and set sensibilities, Husain employs his seductive tactics in ways that both absorb us and shock us into an awareness of our role as spectators within the filmic apparatus.

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Alison S.M. Kobayashi

Say Something Bunny!
February 13 – March 26, 2016

Alison S.M. Kobayashi is an identity contortionist. In her work, Kobayashi performs a variety of characters that are both studiously and playfully rendered. These personas are inspired by Kobayashi’s extensive collection of lost, discarded and donated objects; ranging from answering machine tapes purchased at a secondhand shop to a love letter left on a sidewalk.

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Antonia Hirsch

Negative Space
October 17- November 14, 2015

Berlin-based Canadian artist Antonia Hirsch brings her multi-disciplinary project Negative Space to Gallery TPW. The exhibition investigates the interrelation of inner and outer worlds by mobilizing images and objects whose origin ranges from astronomy and contemporary mobile devices to black mirrors of the 18th and 19th century landscape painters.

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David Levine

Bystanders
September 10 - October 10, 2015

American artist David Levine bridges the worlds of contemporary theatre, performance and visual art with works that explore the conditions of spectacle, spectatorship, and performance in art and in life.

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Rana Hamadeh

Can You Pull In An Actor With A Fishhook Or Tie Down His Tongue With A Rope?
June 3 - July 25, 2015

Hamadeh presents a new iteration of her long-standing research project Alien Encounters. Under this umbrella Hamadeh considers notions of alien-ness – as that which is outcast with regards to the law as well as that which is extraterrestrial.

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Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan

Episode of the Sea
May 2 – 23, 2015

The film Episode of the Sea is the outcome of a two-year collaboration with the fishing community of Urk, a former island in the Netherlands.

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“…a container for mere possibilities that have not yet happened, a body in a state of becoming through time, or a structure for the expression of time as it moves both forwards and backwards at once.”

March 20 – 28, 2015
In 1968, Jill Johnston stated “I’ve seen Trio A a number of times and still think I haven’t really seen it.” This week of discursive events and performances initiated by FADO Performance Art Centre in collaboration with Sara Wookey allows the opportunity to see Yvonne Rainer’s canonical 1966 dance again within a constellation of conversations, readings and newly commissioned works.

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