Workshop co-presented with the Mayworks Festival
Reproduce + Revolt! Poster Making Workshop
Monday April 27, 7-9 pm, $10
A Space Gallery, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 110
Registration required: call 416-599-9096 or email coordinator(at)mayworks.ca to register
There has never been a movement for social change without visual communications being central to that movement. Graphics are powerful living reminders of struggles for worldwide peace and justice. The use of various formats, from posters to billboards to websites, allow people to critique daily reality and to actively work to transform it.
Led by guest artist Favianna Rodriguez, in this workshop you will learn how to design visually engaging posters for a public education campaign of your choice. Participants will each produce a completed design.Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early to avoid disappointment. And be sure to check out Favianna's show at the Toronto Free Gallery (see Visual Arts section on the website).
Favianna will also be conducting the same workshop for the Divas Girls Group at Regent Park Focus.
Co-sponsored by A Space Gallery, Mayworks Festival, Toronto Free Gallery and Regent Park Focus.
Mayworks Festival kicks off this year on Saturday, April 25 for 9 days of multi-disciplinary, socially engaged, provocative arts programming! Below are some highlights from the week, for the full program check out our website at www.mayworks.ca.
Condé and Beveridge: Class Works
Condé and Beveridge: Class Works (NSCAD Press), edited by Bruce Barber, provides a critical retrospective of venerated Canadian photographic artists Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge. Fellow artist and curator Lisa Steele will have a conversation with Condé and Beveridge about their longstanding collaborations with labor unions and other highlights of a remarkable career in contemporary 'political art'. Presented by Pages Books, This is Not a Reading Series. Special co-presenter: FUSE Magazine.
A Space Gallery, 401 Richmond St W, Toronto
Thurs, Oct 9; 8pm (doors 7:30pm) free
CONDE AND BEVERIDGE: CLASS WORKS presents the first comprehensive examination of the collaborative art practice of Canadian photographic artists Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge. The book features 112 colour reproductions that illustrate their major photographic projects spanning a thirty-year career of working with organized labour to represent the increasingly complex relationships between paid work and global ethical and environmental concerns. Class Works introduces Condé and Beveridge's artistic breakthrough of 1975, It's Still Privileged Art, when the artists-under the influence of their membership in Art & Language (NY) and the nascent Conceptual Art movement-turned from formalist art-making to social engagement and from individualized solo production to committed artistic collaboration. Condé and Beveridge's formulation of left-perspective discourses and their innovations in artistic form herald current art practices in which art-making is understood as a symbolic articulation of human conditions and a tool of community formation. Class Works, edited by Bruce Barber, includes critical essays by Jan Allen, D'Arcy Martin, Declan McGonagle, Allan Sekula, and Dot Tuer; an extensive interview by Clive Robertson with Condé and Beveridge; and a chronology of their extraordinary art practice.
CAROLE CONDE and KARL BEVERIDGE live and work in Toronto, Ontario. They have collaborated with various trade unions and community organizations in the production of their staged photographic work over the past 25 years. Their work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally in both the trade union movement and art galleries and museums. They are active in several labour arts initiatives including the Mayworks Festival in Toronto and the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton, Ontario.
LISA STEELE is an artist, a pioneer in video art, educator, curator and co-founder of V tape in Toronto. She and Kim Tomczak have collaborated since 1983 in video, performance, installation and photo-text. Their artworks have been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums and festivals and are in many collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). Steele is Associate Chair of the Visual Studies Program at the University of Toronto.
MEDIA CONTACTSCarole Condé & Karl Beveridge: Christopher MacFarlane, the firstname.lastname@example.org, (902) 494-8221This Is Not A Reading Series: Chris Reed, email@example.com, (416) 598-1447
ART & THE CITY: AN EXPERIMENT IN CONTEXT
University of Guelph MacDonald Stewart Centre, 50 Stone Road East
Monday September 22 7-9pm
OCAD Auditorium, 100 McCaul St.
Wednesday September 24th 7-9pm
The connection between art and the city has become an increasingly urgent matter of debate. ciudadMULTIPLEcity was a project that gathered international artists, including Francis AlØs, Ghada Amer, Gustavo Artigas, Cildo Meireles and Gu Xiong, and had them respond to Panama City's fascinating complexities. Gerardo Mosquera, curator of the 2003 urban art event in Panama, will discuss issues on art and the public realm.
AGAINST LATIN AMERICAN ART
A Space Gallery, 401 Richmond St West Suite 110
Friday September 26th 5-7pm
Mosquera will discuss the changes in paradigms that have epitomized the practice and theory of contemporary art in Latin America. Being Òagainst Latin American artÓ is to oppose the problematic totalization that the term carries. Even if the idea of Latin America still has cultural and political currency, the conception of it as an integral, emblematic entity is being rejected.
RECEPTION: A Space Gallery
September 26, 7-9pm
Held in appreciation of Gerardo MosqueraÕs first visit to Canada, this reception will be an opportunity for art enthusiasts, members and friends to meet the curator.
In addition, Mosquera will give a series of tutorials and lectures to students at various educational institutions.
Gerardo Mosquera is a freelance curator and art critic based in Havana, Cuba. Adjunct Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, advisor at the Rijksakademie van Beeldenden Kunsten, Amsterdam, and member of the advisory board of several art journals. He was a founder of the Havana Biennial, and has curated many exhibitions, including the Liverpool Biennial International 2006, Panorama da Arte Brasileira Contemporanea (Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Vigo, 2003-2004). Author of numerous books and texts on contemporary art and art theory, Mosquera co-edited Over Here, International Perspectives on Art and Culture (Cambridge, 2004), and edited Beyond the Fantastic: Contemporary Art Criticism from Latin America (London, 1995).
For further information on presentations please e-mail Tamara Toledo: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank all of our co-partners: Latin American Studies at the University of Toronto, MVS Graduate Program at the University of Toronto, University of Guelph, Ontario College of Art & Design, and York University
Latin American Speaker Series
February to July 2008
A series of thematic talks will take place at A Space Gallery once a month from February to July 2008. The Talks will address politically and socially engaged themes pertaining to the local Latin American artistic community. A wide range of visual artists, curators, designers, educators, and academics will have the opportunity to share and discuss their projects creating a forum for dialogue and collaboration as well as provide an educational vehicle for change and exchange. The public will have the opportunity to engage in discussion after each presentation.
Wednesday February 13th 7pm - 9pm
SOCIAL PROBLEMS VS YOUTH CREATIVITY
Many artists have been working along youth in order to offer them alternatives to their immediate surroundings of violence and poverty. As immigrants to Canada, many artists have lived in such environments and are now able to contribute by offering constructive views and ways of engagement.
Photograph by Rodrigo Moreno
Jorge Lozano and Guillermina Buzio
Lozano and Buzio will be discussing their facilitation of video workshops in Canada, Colombia and Venezuela which focus on self-representation. These videos are written, shot, acted and edited by the participants and are poetic, intimate and powerful examples of self-representation by marginalized youth living in poor neighborhoods affected by socio political violence. In their workshops, Buzio and Lozano promote creativity through autonomy.
This talk focuses on the new program ’From the Inside Out,’ launched by the Lawrence Heights Community Health Centre and the Toronto Arts Council. This community arts project includes the creation of a visual and written archive of the Lawrence Heights community. Local youth photograph and interview people in the neighbourhood with mentorship from artist-in-residence, Rodrigo Moreno.
Wednesday, March 5th 7-9 pm
WOMEN ARTISTS AND MOTHERHOOD
As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we offer a night of film, installation and performance in which two Latina artists cope with motherhood and continue to develop their work as artists.
Film Still by Sinara Rozo
Sinara will present her recent documentary entitled Primigravida -- Latin for a woman in her first pregnancy. Primigravida is a personal exploration of the illusions and allusions surrounding pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting in Canada as she explores how society encourages motherhood to be ordinary and not extraordinary. In Primigravida, Rozo investigates the mythologies surrounding motherhood from its inherent heroism status to its darkest less discussed aspects.
Performance installation artist addresses key aspects of her experiences as an artist and as a mother as she shares her strategies of adaptation to an uncontrollable environment led by her son and by the act of performance.
Wednesday, March 26th 7-9 pm
POWER IN COLLECTIVES
Poder en nœmeros, Spanish for ’Power in numbers’. Many Latin American artists find themselves isolated and marginalized by cultural and linguistic barriers forcing them to organize in collectives in order to achieve recognition and find a familiar place to create.
Counting The Days, Z’otz* Collective
Nahœm Flores, Erik Jerezano, and Ilyana Mart’nez created a new entity, Z’otz* (Mayan word for ’bat’), an amalgamation of their personalities and a fusion of their artistic styles. Through experimental collaboration Z’otz* allows them the space to let go, and play.
Las Perlas del Mar Collective
Artist Alex Flores, journalist Silvia Mendez and actor Gricel Severino are a production collective, which show and distribute documentaries, focusing on social, political, gender, sexual orientation and human rights issues. Their objective is to offer a media perspective on international issues alternative to ’official’ Canadian perspectives.
Arlan Londono and Julieta Maria explore mass media, digital communications and language as it connects to culture, with an emphasis on Latin American art and diasporic art. The collective’s website develops and publishes art and digital image theory as well as web art projects. They also curate exhibitions of digital art works and projects.
Wednesday, April 16th 7-9 pm
POLITICAL UPBRINGING = POLITICAL ACTIONS
Thousands of political refugees have arrived to Canada from various countries of Latin America. This talk will focus on two artists that have come from a background of exile. The artists will explain how their work has become a reflection of their past and how their notions of politics is a synopsis of their future.
Barreda addresses the outcomes of a Chilean-Canadian generation committed to political resistance and the art projects he has developed as a response to historical processes. Rodrigo discusses the Solidaridad Museum a curatorial / design project with the Chilean exile and political refugee community living in Canada.
As the son of Mexican refugees, Hernandez experienced art therapy as a means to deal with trauma and emotional instability. Hernandez discusses his artistic work with prisoners in Mexico and with newcomers in Canada and how he finds it has become a tool and a vehicle for community empowerment and humanitarian intervention.
Wednesday, May 14th 7-9 pm
Roots, heritage, traditions, race, land, and culture are all concurrent themes within the work of the following artists. These artists have found methods to investigate inherited identities as they work in a transcultural arena such as Toronto.
Image by Rafael Goldchain
Maria explores her Palestinian-Colombian heritage through media based installations.
Puerto Rican born artist celebrates the mestizaje (racial and cultural mixture of African, Aboriginal and Spanish) of her Latin American heritage through life-sized fiber sculptures.
Chilean born artist presents his latest work entitled Familial Ground, an autobiographical series of photographs in which Goldchain performs as ancestral figures from his own family history. His work is about grounding an identity within a familial and cultural history subject to extinction, geographic displacement, and cultural dislocation.
Wednesday, June 18th 7-9pm
The following talk will present various perspectives on the construction of a Latin American-Canadian identity and whether this construction is afeasible notion for a continent marked by its differences and similarities.
Luis Jacob, South As North, 2001, Tyvek jacket displayed upside-down, approx. 91.4 x 71.1 cm. (36" x 28"), collection of John O'Brien, Vancouver, on long-term loan to the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia,Vancouver image courtesy of Birch Libralato, Toronto
Jacob is a Toronto-based artist whose artistic practice is characterized by an extension to other fields of social and culturalwork. He makes use of formats such as video, photography, performance and actions in the public domain just as much as his work as author,teacher, curator and political activist. The experimentation with alternative forms for the creation of social interaction andparticipation plays a central role. Luis Jacob has participated in important international exhibitions including documenta12 (Kassel,Germany), and is producing a solo exhibition for Museum Abteiberg (Monchengladbach, Germany) in the fall of 2008.
Gajardo studies the construction of Canadian Latina/o identity. Of particular interest in her work is the way in which practices, like culturalpractices, enable the construction of identities that generate novel ways of approaching issues of nation making and belonging. This talk will focus onhow Latina/o cultural practices redefine the notion of latinidad while at the same time redefining Canadianness.
Douglas is developing an analysis of Argentinean and Canadian art that articulates national identity, specifically from 1960 to the present. Shehopes to determine how cultural identity relates to the idea of nation and how institutions, cultural policies and art forms project each nation'ssense of self.
Wednesday July 16th 7-9pm
PROPOSALS FOR COMMUNITY ARTISTIC GROWTH
This talk will present an opportunity for Latin American non-for profit artist run organizations to present their work and their proposals for the future.
Alucine Film Festival, Latin American Art Projects, and Latino Canadian Cultural Association The discussion will provide a platform for the Latin American community to develop, network, participate, organize and engage in dialogue with the artistic community at large.
We acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, theCulture Division of the City of Toronto, the Hispanic Development Council, Alucine Film Festival, E-Fagia Collective, and Latin American Art Projects.
For further information contact info(at)aspacegallery.org
Fundraiser for Critical Art Ensemble founder Steven Kurtz
November 22 & 23, 2007
MISSED THE AUCTION? Silent auction continues until the end of the week! (November 30, 2007). Click here to view the works still available.
A Space joins artists and scientists worldwide in protest of the outrageous charges levelled against Steven Kurtz, founder of the internationally-respected art group Critical Art Ensemble. Dr. Kurtz was illegally detained and accused by the U.S. government of "bioterrorism" in 2004 and now awaits trial on trumped-up charges of "mail fraud," charges which carry the possibility of a 20-year jail term under the USA PATRIOT Act. For more information, please visit www.caedefensefund.org or www.critical-art.net
We are organizing two events to draw attention to this case and to support Steven Kurtz and the right to artistic freedom. Join us and show your heart!
1. Thursday November 22, 2007: FREE EVENTS
- 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Reception at A Space Gallery with Professor Steven Kurtz. map
- 8:00-11:00 p.m.: Screening of Strange Culture (trailer) & Q&A with Prof. Steven Kurtz at the Price Family Cinema, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street. map:
- 8:00-10:00 p.m.: Screening of Strange Culture (Dir. Lynn Hershman-Leeson, 2007), starring Tilda Swinton (Chronicles of Narnia, Michael Clayton), Thomas Jay Ryan (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and Peter Coyote (E.T., Erin Brockovich).
- 10:00-11:00 p.m.: Q & A with Steven Kurtz.
Help spread the word. Download our colour or black and white poster! (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).
2. Friday November 23, 2007: GALA BENEFIT
All events at SPIN Gallery, 1100 Queen Street West, Toronto (map)
Award-winning author Naomi Klein will be signing copies of her book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Copies will be available for sale at the event.
Live and silent auction. Live auction hosted by Ritchies Canada.
- 7:00-8:00 p.m.: Keynote speech by award-winning author and filmmaker Naomi Klein. Klein will be speaking about her new book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007). She will also be signing copies of her book after her speech.
- 8:00-10:00 p.m.: Auction of donated artworks including works by:
View selected images from the works on auction here.
For a more complete list of artworks on auction and starting bid prices, e-mail email@example.com
Surprises and guests throughout the evening!
Call 1-800-838-3006 to order your tickets or visit Brown Paper Tickets.
Note special discounted pricing for A Space Gallery members. To become a member, please download and drop-off, mail or fax your membership application to the gallery (address & fax instructions included in the PDF document).
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!
Several volunteer positions are available. For information on how to participate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event sponsors: Film Studies, York University. SPIN Gallery. Steamwhistle Brewing. Wine Online. Ritchies Auctioneers and Appraisers.
Installation sponsor: AKASHA Art Installation.
Catering: Kleinburg Golf Club.
Graphic design: Tariq Sami of Histrionics.
Promotional assistance: AKIMBO. Pages Books and Magazines.
Special guests: DJ Green. Stop Die Resuscitate.
Politics of Representation / Representations of Politics
A Space Gallery Symposium
October 13 & 14, 2007
This symposium offers opportunities to work through and disseminate new frameworks for thinking about art practice and social movements. A Space Gallery brings together artists, curators, writers, academics, students and activists whose works transgress disciplinary boundaries. Together, they articulate some of the possibilities and pitfalls of creativity, inquiry, solidarity and freedom.
The symposium is a response to a widely circulated call for papers that asked:
What are the politics of representation? What strategies are artists and curators using in their representations of bodies that cross lines of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, hybridity and (dis)ability? How have the transformations in feminist and anti-colonial movements affected self-representation? What are the ethics of representing suffering and tragedy? How are politics represented in contemporary art? Must all creative representations of real political events be urgent and authentic? What are the ethical responsibilities of creative representations of political events that transgresss the real, objective or accurate? Where does contemporary activist art and cinema stand in the current culturescape?
The symposium is free and open to the public. Each panelist will offer a 20 minute presentation after which there will be time for questions and discussion among panelists, moderator and audience. Light refreshments will be available. Location is A Space Gallery, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 110, Toronto. Location is wheelchair accessible. If you have questions please email vicky(at)aspacegallery.org or call 416-979-9633. Media and community contact Victoria Moufawad, Programming and Exhibitions Coordinator.
SATURDAY OCT 13th
Opening Remarks: 11:00 am
11:30 - 1:30 Artists’ Organizations
Moderated by Clive Robertson
These papers question the possibilities and limitations of artist-run organizations and their efficacy as vital political tools. Questions such as those of flexibility and responsiveness that serve the needs of artists and of the friction between the institutional standing of an artist-run organization, autonomous collectives and for-profit cooperatives are considered.
- Donald Burke, Beyond Committed vs. Autonomous Art: Not-For-Profit Arts Organizations as Sites of Resistance
- Rob Labossiere, The Artist-Run Movement and Co-operatives
- Camille Turner & Michael Alstad, Collectives: Alternative Structures in Artist Run Culture
- Malinda Francis, The Disconnection between Institutions and Emerging Artists
1:45 - 3:45 Blurring Boundaries Beyond Dichotomy
Moderated by Baolinh Dang
Where does one situate oneself in relation to others? Where does one situation art in relation to community and political struggle? These four papers address different aspects of the spaces in-between and the sites for transnational and transdisciplinary practices of resistance.
- Taryn Sirove, Cultural Citizenship, Post Post-Identity, and the Politics of Belonging in Canada
- Joshua Paul, Whose Art and For Whom: Contextualizing Acts of Human Production
- Adrienne Chambon, Social Vulnerability and the Development of a Transdisciplinary Space: Quandaries and Strategies
- Mohammed Mohsen, Naji Al-Ali: The Unfillable Gap from Palestine
4 - 6:00 Feminist Self-Representation
Moderated by Lorraine Hewitt a.k.a. CoCo LaCreme
How have the transformations in feminist, anti-colonial and critical (dis)ability movements affected self-representation? The main emphasis here is on the role that video and performance have played in redefining feminist approaches to embodiment, abjection, desire and pornography.
- Jesika Joy & Emelie Chhangur, (Square) In the Eye/I: Dishing it Out and Lapping it Up
- Loree Erickson, "Everybody wants to do it like a porn star": a discussion of the potential for change as well as the pitfalls in making queer disability smut
- Heather Keung, From Shaving Blindfolded to Shangri-la: The works of Patty Chang
- Deirdre Logue, Beyond Her Usual Limits: Performance and the Moving Image
7:30 A Space Symposium PARTY
The A Space Symposium party will be jointly presented with the FUSE magazine 30th anniversary issue launch. All are welcome. Cash bar. DJs, dancing and conversation. Party at 48 Abell Squat, Queen and Gladstone Intersection, Studio 113, The Motion Lounge, Far west end of the alleyway off of Abell. 5 dollar cover. 10 dollars at the door includes a copy of the 30th anniversary issue.
FUSE 30th Anniversary issue:
Cultural Change in Real Terms takes up questions of identity and politics, the struggles of migrants and indigenous peoples, the relations of art and institutions, social and economic precarity and war, the issue survey the ground for action, contributes critical analysis and reflects on organizing across the country and internationally. We are also please to introduce a redesign that gives FUSE a visual clarity in dialogue with our aesthetic engagements and political visions. Limited edition poster size artist projects by Brenden Fernandes, Diyan Ajchadi, Mark Schilling, Freda Guttman, David Poolman, Terrence Houle and Z’otz* collective will be on sale at the launch.
SUNDAY OCT 14th
12:00 - 2:00 Violence and Victims
Moderated by Ali Kazimi
What are the ethics and possibilities for representing suffering and tragedy? How are representations of victims appropriated in order to justify continued domination?
- Datejie Cheko Green & Punam Khosla, Waiting for Garang: Countering the Erasure of Liberation Movements in Sudan
- Johanna Reynolds, Illusions of Citizenship & the Spectacle of the ’Stranger’
- Srimoyee Mitra, Nalini Malani and Nilima Sheikh’s take on Akka Mahadevi: Representations of the Naked body as site of Empowered Feminism
2:15 - 4:15 Cultural Race Politics
Moderated by Pamela Edmonds
These papers question strategies of representing bodies and histories that cross lines of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and hybridity.
- Tara Atluri, Lighten Up?! Humour, ’Race’ and Racism
- David Khang, Mistranslations, Miscegenations
- J. Michel Bertrand, Composites of the Real: sketches of a personal practice of magic realism in cinema
- Tannis Nielsen, Decolonizing the discourse of a Eurocentric art / historical paradigm through the examination of Indigenous art
4:30 - 6:30 Community Counter-Narratives
Moderated by Cynthia Foo
Communities, particularly those outside the mainstream, are often narrated through visual identification. These panelists consider the authorship and ethics of community formation through queer photography, (dis)abled representations and activist graffiti.
- Stephanie Rogerson, Without Words You Spoke: Discerning Queer Representation in Early Snapshot Photography
- Ann Fudge, The Right or Responsibility of Inspection: Photography and Persons Labelled Intellectually (Dis)abled
- Andrew Thompson, Romantic Recursions in Contemporary Activist Art
6:45 - 7:30 Special Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival Screening
A one time screening of film and video works by Richard Fung, Ho Tam, Midi Onodera, Paul Wong, Mishann Lau and Alison S. M. Kobayashi will highlight some of the major discussions in the forthcoming book "Reel Asian: Asian Canada on Screen" edited by Elaine Chang (Coach House Books, fall 2007). The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by East and Southeast Asian artist in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world.