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ART GALLERY OF GUELPH FALL 2018 EXHIBITIONS

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 13, 2018
7-9 pm

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Join us for the launch of three new exhibitions on Thursday, September 13 at 7 pm: Critical Mass, 1745, and epistemologies of the moon. Free admission; all welcome. The Art Gallery of Guelph is grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council.


Critical Mass
September 13, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Featured artists: Shellicka Anglin, Black Artists Union, Noah Brown, Sean George, Charmaine Lurch, Jamilah Malika, Kosisochukwu Nnebe, Camille Turner, Jan Wade, and Syrus Marcus Ware

Commentators: Alyssa Fearon, Reighen Grineage, Felicia Mings, and Charmaine Nelson

Grounded in the complexity and diversity of Blackness in a transnational context, Critical Mass brings together established and emerging artists whose work speaks to the historical invisibility and erasure of Black experiences while proposing new narratives and futures. Inflected with the complex geographies of identity and power that connect global and national contexts to the Black community in the Guelph region, each work highlights the transformation of lived experiences into concrete expressions of social change. Critical Mass is curated by Kerry-Ann Cornwall and Andrew Hunter and presented by the AGG in conjunction with the Guelph Black Heritage Society and the University of Guelph Black Student Association. read more >


1745
September 13 – December 16, 2018

1745 is a new short video installation by Glasgow-based artists, writers, and actors Morayo and Moyo Akandé with filmmaker Gordon Napier. Recounting the story of two Nigerian-born sisters enslaved in the Caribbean and brought to Scotland, 1745 imagines their traumatic flight through the quintessential wilderness of the Scottish Highlands in pursuit of freedom. Based on accounts discovered in fugitive slave records, the work challenges dominant national narratives that have obscured the history of the Scottish slave trade, offering a potent reminder of the isolation and vulnerability of Black bodies in a colonial terrain. 1745 is curated by Dr. Marenka Thompson-Odlum and Andrew Hunter and presented by the AGG in collaboration with the Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph and the Guelph Black Heritage Society. read more >


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epistemologies of the moon
September 13 – December 16, 2018

Featured artists: Chief Lady Bird, Katherine Boyer, Gillian Dykeman, Maggie Groat, Rekha Lauren Ramachandran, Zoë Schneider, and Yerbamala Collective

Awarded the 6th annual Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators, Lauren Fournier’s exhibition epistemologies of the moon explores the role the moon has played as a feminine and feminist symbol, as well as its 21st century meanings and valences. This project includes work by emerging and mid-career artists whose practices are indebted to ideas around the politics, aesthetics, and ethics of feminism today. Made possible through the support of the Centre Wellington Community Foundation’s Middlebrook Social Innovation Fund and The Guelph Community Foundation Musagetes Fund, the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators is awarded annually to an emerging curator under 30. read more >

Images: Morayo and Moyo Akandé with Gordon Napier, 1745, 2017, digital video, 18 mins. Photo: Jonathan Birch & Christian Cooksey; Gillian Dykeman, Moon, 2016, single-channel video with sound, 2:23 mins.


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