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Curated by CASS GARDINER and presented in partnership with ABORIGINAL CURATORIAL COLLECTIVE

In partnership with Aboriginal Curatorial Collective–Collectif des commissaires autochtones, Critical Distance is pleased to present FORWARD FACING, a Featured Exhibition of the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Curated by Cass Gardiner (Toronto/Brooklyn), FORWARD FACING is an exhibition that examines intersectionality within Indigenous identity through the photographic, video, craft, and installation practices of Dayna Danger (Montreal), Lacie Burning (Vancouver), and Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter (Calgary).


Exhibition on view at Critical Distance:
180 Shaw Street, Suite 302 at Artscape Youngplace, M6J 2W5
Admission is always free; building and gallery are fully accessible.

April 21–June 3, 2018
Thursday–Sunday from 12–5 pm

Opening Reception with the Curator
Saturday, April 21 from 2-4 pm
Join us for a special reception with curator Cass Gardiner, featuring a tour of the exhibition, and beverages and bites courtesy of Pow Wow Cafe. Stay for the free performance listed below:

Performance by Dayna Danger, Lacie Burning, and Kandace Price
Saturday, April 21 starting at 5 pm
A performance by three collaborators negotiating time, boundaries, and songs.

PWYC Bike Tube Flogger-Making Workshop with Dayna Danger
Sunday, April 22 from 2-4 pm
Make your own mini flogger from rubber bike tubes. Materials will be provided.
Space is limited so please pre-register at to reserve your spot.

Building and gallery are fully accessible and admission is always free.



Lacie Burning is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and Onondaga artist and curator raised on Six Nations of the Grand River located in Southern Ontario. They work in photography, video, installation, and sculpture and are currently studying at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Having come from a culturally and politically grounded upbringing, their work focuses on politics of Indigeneity and identity from a Haudenosaunee perspective. They have just been nominated for the Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize in conjunction with Vancouver's 2018 Capture Photography Festival.

Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter is an Inuvialuk artist and curator based in Calgary/Banff, born in Yellowknife and raised in Edmonton. She currently holds the Indigenous Curatorial Research Practicum at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Carpenter uses art and humour as a coping mechanism to subtly address cultural displacement, and to openly address mental illness; the lighthearted nature of her practice extends gestures of empathy and solidarity. These interests invite a reconsideration of the perceptions of contemporary Indigeneity and counter the stigmatism surrounding mental health.

Dayna Danger is a 2Spirit, Métis-Anishinaabe (Saulteaux)-Polish visual artist raised in so-called Winnipeg, MB. Utilizing photography, sculpture, performance and video, Danger‘s practice questions the line between empowerment and objectification by claiming space with her larger than life scale work. Her current use of BDSM and beading leather fetish masks explores the complicated dynamics of sexuality, gender, and power in a consensual and feminist manner. She has exhibited her work in Santa Fe, Winnipeg, Montreal, Peterborough, North Bay, Vancouver, Edmonton and Banff. Danger currently serves as a board member for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective.

Cass Gardiner is an emerging Anishinaabe Algonquin curator, artist, and filmmaker. She is the co-founder of Matters Unsettled, a curatorial collective that uses the gallery to challenge preconceived notions of culture, identity, and belonging focusing on marginalized people. Gardiner was a 2017 Emerging Curatorial Fellow at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (CCCD) in Asheville, North Carolina, USA. Her critically acclaimed film The Edible Indian has screened in classrooms and theatres internationally and was nominated for Best Documentary Short at the 2014 American Indian Film Festival.

Full bios of artists and curator will be available on our website.


Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC)
180 Shaw Street, Suite 302 (on the 3rd Floor at Artscape Youngplace)
Toronto, Ontario | M6J 2W5 | Canada
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Part gallery and publisher, part professional association and network, Critical Distance Centre for Curators is a not-for-profit initiative and space devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial practice and inquiry in Toronto, Canada, and beyond. With a focus on critically engaged, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary practices, underrepresented artists and art forms, and community outreach and education in art and exhibition-making, Critical Distance is an open platform for diverse curatorial perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on curating and exhibition-making as ways to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life.

Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC/CCA)
#414-401 Richmond St. W
Toronto, Ontario | M5V 3A8 | Canada
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The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective is a national service organization that brings together the Canadian Aboriginal and Native American curatorial, critical and institutional communities. The aim is to establish an important centre of excellence for our communities through opportunities, collaborations, networks, publications, advocacy, conferences, exhibitions and standards of excellence for our communities.



FORWARD FACING is a Featured Exhibition of the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival


Critical Distance and Aboriginal Curatorial Collective are grateful for the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council in making this exhibition possible.



Composite image above includes Lacie Burning, Untitled from Reflection Series, 2017 (left); Dayna Danger, Kandace, 2017 (centre); and Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter, If you can’t remember, then it must not be important. (still), 2016 (right). All images courtesy the artists.





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