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Miruna Dragan: When Either But Not Both Are True
Carolina Caycedo: Those at the Great River Mouth

September 6–December 1, 2018
Blackwood Gallery
Curated by Christine Shaw

Examining nature symbolism, territorial resistance, and solidarity economies connected to land and water, two solo exhibitions by women artists trace the contours of embodiment and the agency of more-than-human worlds. Calgary-based Miruna Dragan’s When Either But Not Both Are True explores the limits of human comprehension alongside material manifestations of the unknown, the underground, and the under-worldly. Exploring dreaming, divination, energy economies, and logic systems, the project engages human relationships with the natural world in order to question our interactions with the physical spaces we inhabit. Those at the Great River-Mouth is based on Colombian artist Carolina Caycedo’s investigation of hydroelectric sites across Latin America, whose processes of land expropriation and environmental licensing have been marked by unprecedented environmental disasters and profound Indigenous resistance. Picturing water’s living and life-giving capacities, Caycedo’s work affirms nature’s vibrancy beyond the narrow resource-driven logics of extractivism.

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BIOGRAPHIES
Carolina Caycedo (1978, lives in Los Angeles) was born in London to Colombian parents. She transcends institutional spaces to work in the social realm, where she participates in movements of territorial resistance, solidarity economies, and housing as a human right. Carolina’s artistic practice has a collective dimension to it in which performances, drawings, photographs, and videos are not just an end result, but rather part of the artist’s process of research and acting. Through work that investigates relationships of movement, assimilation and resistance, representation and control, she addresses contexts, groups, and communities that are affected by developmental projects, including the constructions of dams, and the privatization of water and its consequences on riverside communities. She has developed publicly engaged projects in Bogota, Quezon City, Toronto, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Lisbon, San Juan, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Mexico DF, Tijuana, and London. Her work has been exhibited worldwide with solo shows at Vienna Secession; Intermediae-Matadero, Madrid; Agnes B Gallery, Paris; Alianza Francesa, Bogotá; Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen; and DAAD Gallery, Berlin. She has participated in international biennials including Sao Paulo (2016); Berlin (2014); Paris Triennial (2013); New Museum (2011); Havana (2009); Whitney (2006); Venice (2003) and Istanbul (2001).

Miruna Dragan (1975, Bucharest, Romania) is based in Calgary. With an intuitive approach, Dragan responds to observed synchronicities through a broad range of methods and materials, toward a subjective reimagining of archetypal myths and landscapes. Reflecting themes of dispersion and transcendence, both as individual pieces and collectively within immersive environments, her works offer themselves as tools for mystical experience. Recent exhibition venues include Museo de la Ciudad in Queretaro Mexico (2012 & 2019), the Esker Foundation in Calgary (2013), the Alberta Biennial (2013), G Gallery in Toronto (2014), Nanaimo Art Gallery (2015), Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2016/17), Nickle Galleries at University of Calgary (2017), Division Gallery in Toronto (2017), and The New Gallery in Calgary (2017).

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The Blackwood Gallery gratefully acknowledges the operating support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the University of Toronto Mississauga.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea, a year-long project series that aims to foster a deeper public awareness of the complex entanglements of ecologies of excess, environmental legacies of colonialism, the financialization of nature, contemporary catastrophism, politics of sustainability, climate justice, and resilience. It sets out to develop durable visual-cultural literacies and invites publics to create new encounters in the common struggle for a future.


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University of Toronto Mississauga
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Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6

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The Blackwood Gallery promotes LGBTQ2 positive spaces and experiences and is barrier-free. The gallery is FREE and open to the public.

Image Credits:
When We Stand on The Threshold Between Two Worlds, Our Soul Is Engulfed with Dreams (I & II) Double-sided lightbox in walnut frame. Recto: photo-transparency, verso: red, green, blue LED lights.
Carolina Caycedo, Misi-zaagiing, 2018. Digital image printed on acrylic billboard, 72in x 108in.

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