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DON’T MISS AGYU ACROSS THE GTA THIS FALL

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COMMUNITIES OF LOVE: Anthony Gebrehiwot
(with Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca)
AGYU @ CONTACT GALLERY | 80 SPADINA AVE., SUITE 205
Opening Thursday, September 27, 6 – 9 pm

From 20 September to 20 October Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), in partnership with CONTACT, presents Communities of Love, an exhibition by Scarborough-based photographer Anthony Gebrehiwot and curated by AGYU’s Interim Director/Curator Emelie Chhangur. Artists’ talk: Thursday September 27 at 6:30 pm.

Communities of Love is Gebrehiwot’s first solo exhibition in a public gallery, though, in the spirit of Scarborough, he shares the space with other artists: the spoken word poets and rappers pictured in his photographs, of course, but also a film called RISE. Commissioned by the AGYU and produced in collaboration with Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E), RISE was filmed in Toronto in June 2018 on the Toronto Transit Commission’s new Line One subway extension by Brazil-based artists Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca. Operatic in nature, this experimental docu¬mentary looks at rhythm and poetry as forms of creative labour that constitute contempo¬rary collectivities of diasporic belonging, intra-cultural dialogue, and relational expression: the call-and-response, the recitative, and the cypher. RISE provides the context for Gebrehiwot’s sonorous body of photographic work and Finch West, York University, Pioneer Village, and Highway 407 subway stations set the stage for a group of performing artists from across the GTA to converge and, importantly, to claim space. The tunnels they dig are visionary!

Born and raised in Scarborough by parents from Rwanda and Ethiopia, Anthony Gebrehiwot is a passionate photographer, community leader, and social entrepreneur, whose creative lens re-visions photography as an ongoing dialogue of social change between subject and society. Gebrehiwot has a long-standing commitment to social justice work through photography. His most recent community-based project From the Margins to the Centre was commissioned by Cultural Hotspots Toronto and presented in May 2018 at the Malvern Town Centre.


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SEE RISE ON THE BIG SCREEN!
AGYU @ NUIT BLANCHE SCARBOROUGH | Cineplex Odeon Theatre,
Scarborough Town Centre | 29 September | 7 pm

It is with the full-clamour of “Scarborough sounds” that AGYU celebrates the inaugural Nuit Blanche Scarborough! (Insert finger snapping here.) We were elated to hear that this all-night contemporary art event has finally turned its attention to this formidable suburb. (Jeeez.)

It is with respect that we announce the Canadian Premiere of RISE, AGYU’s newest film commission directed by Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca at the Cineplex Odeon Theatre at the Scarborough Town Centre on September 29 from 7 pm – 12 am. This 20-minute experimental documentary opens with an introduction by the artists and screens every ½ hour at: 7 pm; 7:30 pm; 8 pm; 8:30 pm; 9 pm; 9:30 pm; 10 pm; 10:30 pm; 11 pm; 11:30 pm. At midnight we host a special screening of the hour-long documentary Within by Scarborough’s R.I.S.E. (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere).

The collaborative works of Bárbara Wagner (1980, Brasília, Brazil) and Benjamin de Burca (1975, Munich, Germany) use documentary narrative structures to observe diverse relations between tradition and progress in emerging economies. Their work was shown most recently at Skulptur Projekte Münster, Germany; São Paulo Museum of Modern Art; 32nd São Paulo Biennial; La Biennale arts actuels Réunion; EVA International, Ireland, the 68th Berlinale, Germany, FRONT International Triennial of American Art, USA, and the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Canada. Wagner and de Burca live and work in Recife, Brazil. They were AGYU’s 2017–18 artists-in-residence and are represented by Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo.


And… back to North York…
Upcoming public programs @ AGYU

Unaligned Seminar: The We Love Édouard Glissant Edition! | Wednesday, 26 September @ 7pm
Join us on Wednesday, September 26, at 7pm as we re-launch our Unaligned Seminar: The We Love Édouard Glissant Edition, hosted by Jonathan Adjemian. We consider Glissant’s poetics, and the links between his thought and our current state. RSVP to Michael Maranda: mmarand@yorku.ca

Contemporary Bus Tour | Sunday, 14 October @ 12–5pm
The tour starts at Koffler Centre of the Arts at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street) at 12 noon and then departs for the AGYU, AGM, and DMG. RSVP to Suzanne Carte: scarte@yorku.ca

Student Tour Series | Wednesday, 17 October @ 6–7 pm | AGYU
Join PhD candidate in Indigenous Studies at York University Lance Morrison for a tour of Betsabeé Romero’s AGYU exhibition. Lance discusses the artist’s transposition of Indigenous art and production in the North Americas through his experience with Indigenous scholars, the teachings of Elders, and participation in ceremonies.

Tour with Cathie Jamieson | Sunday, 21 October @ 2 pm | AGYU
Join Braided Roots / Trenzando raíces co-curator Cathie Jamieson and fellow members of Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation for a discussion of Betsabeé Romero’s work. Cathie lends a personal perspective on the trajectory of the exhibition and discusses the coincidental connections forged through its making.


AGYU: Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto.
Monday to Friday, 10 am – 4 pm; Wednesday, 10 am – 8 pm; Sunday, noon – 5 pm; Saturday, closed.

AGYU promotes 2SLGBTQIAP positive spaces & experiences and is barrier free.
Everything is FREE

TTC: Ride LINE ONE to York University Station; Driving: Enter campus via The Pond Road, Parking in the Student Services garage. WheelTrans stop: York University Station

AGYU is a public, university-affiliated, non-profit contemporary art gallery supported by York University, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Ontario through the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

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For more information please contact Emelie Chhangur, Interim Director/Curator at Emelie@yorku.ca or 416.736.5169.

Images:
1. Anthony Gebrehiwot, Jameel3DN’s Message, 2018. Commissioned by the Art Gallery of York University. Courtesy of the artist; 2. Dynesti Williams. RISE (2K, colour, sound, 20'). Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, 2018. Commissioned by the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Toronto. Courtesy the artists and Fortes D‘Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo.

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