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THE NEXT 7 DAYS:     EVENTS (19)     +     OPENINGS (8)     +     DEADLINES (7)     +     CLOSINGS (10)
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12—20 April 2018


The 31st edition of Images Festival is here, presenting 13 gallery exhibitions, 78 on-screen works, and five live performances taking place throughout the Greater Toronto Area!

The 9-day festival is filled with exciting events and activities, in addition to our ON Screen program, featuring visiting and local artists, returning collaborators, new partners, and experimental initiatives. Come and enjoy the multifaceted schedule with many artists in attendance!




Bullet Points for a Hard Western (after Walter De Maria)
Live Performance by Lucy Raven and Deantoni Parks
Friday, April 13, 10PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre (TMAC), 36 Lisgar St.

Artist Lucy Raven and musician Deantoni Parks come together in this live performance and film screening inspired by the artwork and music of Walter De Maria. Originally commissioned by DIA, Bullet Points for a Hard Western is an evolving response to the artist’s work, in particular his films—including Hard Core (1969), and for which De Maria composed the score—and his early percussion work with the proto-Velvet Underground band The Primitives.

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Performance by Kite, as part of The Informants
Saturday, April 14, 9:30PM
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.

This piece takes the body into an environmental simulation of the Oglala Lakota comsologyscape through four Lakota beings who shaped space and time. It includes 12 sculptures, animation, sound video, carbon fibre, costume, and movement. Developed from an obsessive structure, derived from source books that attempt to qualify Oglala religion into a simplified chart, this piece seeks a relationship within the entanglement between the body, lies, fiction, oral history, mythology, ethnography, and Lakota religion.

The Private Property Trilogy: A Survey of the Life and Films of C.B.
Performance Lecture by Nicolás Pereda
Sunday, April 15, 9:30PM
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.

The Private Property Trilogy is a performance lecture that surveys the life and work of C.B., a multifaceted artist, political activist, amateur archaeologist, self-proclaimed anarchist, and creator of a mining museum in the Northern Mexico desert. Stories of land rights and artistic endeavors become inextricably linked as Nicolás Pereda poetically uncovers the missing fragments of C.B.’s personal history.

Lafawndah Closing Night Performance
Friday, April 20, 11:30PM
The Garrision, 1197 Dundas St. W.

Lafawndah is the music project of performer, musician, and filmmaker Yasmine Dubois. Combining rich songwriting and rapturous vocal delivery with an ability to distill and transpose her heritage and identity, the Egyptian-Iranian performer incorporated moods and motifs that are at once intimate and deceptive, sensual and unsettling, into a global pop fantasy.

Followed by a dance party with Chippy Nonstop.


Walking Tour of Super 8 Hotel and 401 Richmond Street West.
Saturday, April 14, 12PM
Super 8 Hotel Lobby, 222 Spadina Ave.

Join writer and curator Daniella Sanader on a public walking tour starting at the Public Intimacies exhibition at the Super 8 Hotel, continuing to 401 Richmond, including YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Trinity Square Video, Gallery 44, and Vtape.

Images Research Forum
Wednesday, April 18, 1PM
The Commons, 4th Floor, 401 Richmond Street W.

The Images Research Forum is an educational initiative that takes place during the 31st edition of Images Festival. Understanding the need to support the creation and dissemination of critical thinking and dialogue, Images Festival invites emerging colleagues to explore contemporary moving image culture within the context of the festival and with mentorship from leading international curators, artists, and researchers in the field.

Facilitated by curator Ekrem Serdar, featuring Aaditya Aggarwal, Nour Bishouty, Jaclyn Bruneau, Caroline Doherty, Ralitsa Doncheva, Eleanor Ford, Esmé Hogeveen, Steffanie Ling, Almudena Escobar López, Tak Pham, Zainab Saleh, Shelby Shaw, Fan Wu.

“Mere” Recording? Documentary, Contemporary Art, and the Orthodoxy of Ecstatic Truth
Lecture by Erika Balsom
Sunday, April 15, 3:00PM
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.

This talk will propose that the denigration of surface appearances—a phobia of the descriptive capacities of “mere” recording—is a key characteristic of the documentary turn in contemporary art.


Two OFF Screen exhibitions are opening during the festival, but all 13 exhibitions will be open throughout! Make sure to visit them all!

Public Intimacies
with works by Jon Wang, Dani Restack, and Sheilah Restack
14-16 April, 12PM-5PM (each day)
The Super 8 Hotel, 222 Spadina Ave.

Public Intimacies is an exhibition of moving image installations taking place in hotel rooms at the Super 8 Hotel in Toronto’s Chinatown. Speaking to the boundaries between public and private space, the works challenge our notions of domesticity and contemplate themes of intimacy, expressions of sexuality, desire, and identity.

Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca
Art Gallery of York University
18 April – 24 June 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6–9 pm

Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca’s work celebrates—while at the same time reframing—vernacular cultural forms as they have manifested through time: as popular traditions become pop culture, for instance. Through photography and film, the artists examine cultural change-as-it-happens—as a space in-between, where cultural forms of the past adapt in response to changing economic conditions. Wagner and de Burca particularly look at emerging economies or post-colonial geographical contexts where popular genres persist through cultural mixing and diasporic refashioning.

Images Festival acknowledges the generous support from our funders. The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council an Ontario Government Agency, Toronto Arts Council, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Telefilm Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and TD Bank.


Image credits:
Brigid McCaffrey, Bad mama, who cares, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.
Lucy Raven, untitled. Courtesy of the artist.

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