Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art
Jumana Manna, A Magical Substance Flows Into Me (2015), video still. Co-commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Malmö Konsthall, Malmö and the 20th Biennale of Sydney. Courtesy the artist and CRG Gallery, New York.
A Magical Substance Flows Into Me
31 March – 27 May 2017
Opening Reception: Friday 31 March 2017, 7-10PM
Mercer Union is delighted to present the first solo exhibition by the Berlin-based artist Jumana Manna in Canada. This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Images Festival, April 20-27 2017.
The exhibition presents her feature-length film, A magical substance flows into me (2015) which weaves through musical traditions of a multitude of communities living in and around Jerusalem. It takes as its starting point German-Jewish ethnomusicologist Robert Lachmann’s field recordings of ‘Oriental’ groups in Palestine in the 1930s and his Oriental Music radio series made for the Palestinian Broadcasting Service; established under the British Mandate (1920-1948). Responding to Lachmann’s project, Manna revisits the communities that he studied–including Kurdish, Moroccan, and Yemenite Jews, Samaritans, members of urban and rural Palestinian communities, Bedouins and Coptic Christians–replaying his recordings and making new recordings of her own. These exchanges take place in their homes, offices, recording studios, and places of worship, and are interspersed with scenes from her own family home in East Jerusalem. Weaving from one site to another, the intertwinement of heritage and identities are presented, along with the imagining of a multifaceted Palestine.
This film is presented with a series of plaster, vessel, and body-like sculptures. According to Manna “Listening collapses the division of self and other, or of singular and plural, or inside and outside. […] This idea of the body as a medium and as a place of resonance has been something that has followed me throughout the making of these works. The sculptures are vessels, similar to our bodies, that may be filled with fluids, air or sound; sound is taking place in space but is also spreading within us.”
Jumana Manna (b.1987) lives and works in Berlin and Jerusalem. Selected solo exhibitions include; Malmo Konsthall, Sweden (2016); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015), Sculpture Center, New York (2014); amongst others. Recent group exhibitions include; the Liverpool Biennial; the 20th Biennale of Sydney; the 6th Marrakech Biennale (all 2016), the Jerusalem Show VII; Al Ma’mal Foundation; and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Bærum.
This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the 30th Images Festival, April 20-27 2017. For more information visit imagesfestival.com
SPACE: Francisco-Fernando Granados
31 March – 22 June 2017
The next artist to create a commissioned work for SPACE, Mercer Union’s billboard project, is Francisco-Fernando Granados.
Francisco-Fernando Granados is a Toronto-based artist. His multidisciplinary critical practice spans performance, installation, cultural theory, digital media, public art, curatorial and community-based projects. He has presented work in galleries, museums, theatres, artist-run centres and non-traditional sites since 2005, including; the Art Gallery of Ontario; Vancouver Art Gallery; Montreal Arts Interculturels; Neutral Ground (Regina); Hessel Museum of Art (Bard, NY); Voices Breaking Boundaries (Houston); Ex Teresa Arte Actual (Mexico City); Kulturhuset (Stockholm); and Theatre Academy at the University of the Arts (Helsinki). He completed a Masters of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto in 2012, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, Critical and Curatorial Studies Program at OCAD University.
SPACE is a series of commissioned works for the billboard space on the side of Mercer Union. The series began in the spring of 2014, previous contributing artists include: Liz Knox (CA), Giles Round (UK), Walter Scott (CA), Olivia Plender (UK/SE). Maggie Groat (CA), Carlos Motta (NYC), and most recently Deborah Edmeades (CA).
STELLAR LIVING 2017
AUCTION NIGHT | Tuesday 25 April 2017 | Doors at 6PM | Auction at 7PM
LOCATION | Scrap Metal Gallery | 11 Dublin Street, Unit E, Toronto
Tickets are $80
Mercer Union is proud to present Stellar Living 2017, our signature fundraising auction. The proceeds contribute essential funds to exhibitions and programs at Mercer Union, and help us maintain our position as Toronto’s leading artist-run centre.
This event is made possible by the generosity of artists — those working at the forefront of contemporary art and helping to shape cultural landscapes locally and beyond our borders. We are indebted to their support for our commitment to the production of new and experimental work, reflecting Mercer Union’s ambitious programming vision.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Lois Andison, David Armstrong Six, Shuvinai Ashoona, Karen Azoulay, Steven Beckly, Alex Bierk, Kotama Bouabane, Patrick Cruz, Robert Davidovitz, Julia Dault, Marcel Dzama, Laura Findlay, James Gardner, Eric Glavin, Jérôme Havre, Aryen Hoekstra, Lili Huston-Herterich, Laurie Kang, Jean-Paul Kelly, Shawn Kuruneru, Micah Lexier, Derek Liddington, Jimmy Limit, Duane Linklater, Liz Little, Marianne Lovink, Annie MacDonell, Jenine Marsh, Isabel M. Martínez, Elizabeth McIntosh, Alex McLeod, Hazel Meyer, Olia Mischenko, Kent Monkman, Sarah Nasby, Rob Nicholls, Susy Oliviera, Paul P., Luke Painter, Ryan Park, Oliver Pauk, Paulette Phillips, Ed Pien, Sasha Pierce, Jaan Poldaas, Public Studio, Kerri Reid, Steve Reinke, Brian Rideout, Tony Romano, Jade Rude, Sarah Sands Phillips, Jennifer Rose Sciarrino, Walter Scott, Cole Swanson, Scott Treleaven, Haley Uyeda, VSVSVS, Robert Wiens, and Elizabeth Zvonar
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