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Join us on Friday, January 19, 7 – 10PM, to celebrate the opening of the Varley Art Gallery’s Winter Exhibitions!

The party starts after the Gallery closes. The night will feature an informal Artist Talk with Wafaa Bilal, an in-gallery performance, a Pop-Up Library brought to you by Markham Public Library, a cash bar, free snacks, and more! Reception sponsored by Oak Ridges Retirement Community. RSVP at

Wafaa Bilal, The Ashes Series: Samara, 2003 – 2013, archival inkjet photograph. Courtesy of Driscoll Babcock, New York City, New York and the Artist.

Wafaa Bilal: 168:01
January 20 – April 29, 2018

Organized and Circulated by the Art Gallery of Windsor
Curated by Srimoyee Mitra

168:01 is a major solo exhibition of works by Iraqi-born, New York-based artist Wafaa Bilal, renowned for his online performances and technologically driven encounters that speak to the impact of international politics on individual lives. For this exhibition, Bilal has constructed a makeshift library filled with empty white books. These symbolize the priceless cultural heritage, as well as the libraries, archives and museums whose systematic destruction by occupying forces continues to ravage his homeland. Also included is a powerful suite of photographs titled The Ashes Series (2003 – 2013) that brings the viewer closer to images of violence and war in the Middle East.

About the artist

Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal, an Associate Arts Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, is known internationally for his on-line performative and interactive works provoking dialogue about international politics and internal dynamics. For his 2007 installation, Domestic Tension, Bilal spent a month in a Chicago gallery with a paintball gun that people could shoot at him over the Internet. The Chicago Tribune called it “one of the sharpest works of political art to be seen in a long time” and named him 2008 Artist of the Year. Bilal’s work is constantly informed by the experience of fleeing his homeland and existing simultaneously in two worlds – his home in the “comfort zone” of the U.S. and his consciousness of the “conflict zone” in Iraq. Using his own body as a medium, Bilal continued to challenge our comfort zone with projects like 3rdi and …and Counting. Bilal’s most recent body of work, Canto III, premiered in a solo booth at the New York Armory Show in 2015 and went on to be shown in the 2015 Venice Biennale.

In 2008 City Lights published “Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun,” about Bilal’s life and the Domestic Tension project. He holds a BFA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; MATHAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; amongst others.

Gustav Weisman, Untitled, 1951, tempera on board, 30.48 x 40.64 cm, Collection of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Gift of Ina-Marie and Moshe Dobner, 2012.7.

January 20 – April 29, 2018

Featuring works from the Varley Art Gallery of Markham’s permanent collection, Inscapes explores the landscape genre and considers the relationship between it and the natural world it depicts.

This exhibition focuses on representations of the places we inhabit, whether they be physical or imagined. Seascapes, snowscapes, cityscapes, and even mindscapes, are generic terms used to describe the types of environments represented within an artwork. An “inscape,” on the other hand, is defined as the essential quality of a particular human being, object or location. In order to highlight such qualities among the works on display, writers Pushpa Raj Acharya, Whitney French and Sheniz Janmohamed have been invited to produce original texts in response to them.

Public Programs:

Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, January 17 | $5 at the Door
For just $5 at the door, bring your lunch to an informal discussion led by our Gallery Director Niamh O’Laoghaire. By special arrangement, Varley and Markham Group of Artist Members are invited to attend for free.

Family Day Canvas Challenge
Monday, February 19 | Registration required | Register on EzReg
Session 1 | 11AM – 1PM | Barcode: 315743 & Session 2 | 2 – 4PM | Barcode: 315744
$40/family of 4 | $5 for each additional person
Guided by an art educator, families will team up to experiment with a variety of materials to create their own mixed media canvases. Materials are generously sponsored by Above Ground Art Supplies.

PechaKucha Night Markham: Vol. 18
Friday, February 23 | 7:30PM | Pay What You Want | Markham Village Library
Connect with Markham’s creative communities! Presenters share their ideas in 20 slides x 20 seconds each. Tickets are available starting February 1 at

Mon. | Closed
Tue., Wed., Fri., Sun. | 11AM – 4PM
Thurs. | 11AM – 8PM
Sat. | 10AM – 5PM

Media Contact
Charlene Lo | 905-477-7000 ext. 3275 |
@VarleyGallery | |
216 Main Street Unionville, Markham L3R 2H1 | 905-477-7000 ext. 3261
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