2024 Exhibition Programme at Oakville Galleries: Tarik Kiswanson, Sung Tieu, and Hedda Roman

Oakville Galleries is currently embarking upon a new chapter that places artists at the center of its vision. Our exhibition programme from February to September 2024 includes award-winning artists Tarik Kiswanson, Sung Tieu and Hedda Roman, all of whom produce highly charged and politically informed artwork. Notions of displacement, flight, identity in flux, border control, surveillance, imprisonment, historical forms of propaganda and contemporary forms of disinformation, and military and administrative violence upon individuals and nations are referenced by these artists.

Tarik Kiswanson

February 3 – June 1, 2024 | Gairloch Gardens
Opening Reception with Artist Talk by Tarik Kiswanson:
Saturday, February 3, 2 – 5 PM. Everyone is welcome.

The 2023 winner of the Marcel Duchamp Prize Tarik Kiswanson produces sculpture, writing, performance, drawing, sound, and video works. Notions of rootlessness, regeneration, and renewal are central themes in his oeuvre. Always operating at the intersection of different cultural contexts, his various abstract works examine subjects related to memory, heritage, birth, loss and belonging. His oeuvre can be understood as a cosmology of related conceptual families, each exploring variations on themes such as refraction, multiplication, disintegration, levitation, hybridity, and polyphony through their own distinct language.

A legacy of displacement and transformation permeates his works. The artist’s Palestinian family fled Jerusalem to eventually settle in Sweden, where he was born. Over the years, Kiswanson’s artistic inquiry has simultaneously investigated personal and universal concerns relative to the human condition and to social and collective histories of rupture, loss, and regeneration. Learn More

Tarik Kiswanson’s exhibition is the first part of a multi-year project in collaboration with Executive Director Séamus Kealy.

Sung Tieu
Civic Floor

February 3 – June 1, 2024 | Centennial Square
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 2 – 5 PM

Berlin-based artist Sung Tieu explores questions of governance, civic responsibility and justice, and analyzes mechanisms of state control. Her research ventures into the quiet violence of bureaucratic systems and how these systems impact people. In previous artwork she has reconstructed the acoustic attacks associated with Havana syndrome, and then captured her own exposure to the sound via brain scans. She has also employed the audio recordings by the US military psychological operations (PSYOP) that were used to destabilize the Vietnamese National Liberation Front.

Civic Floor includes a new body of sculpture and wall-based works, which are accompanied by sound and video. A series of steel sculptures makes reference to prison architecture from the 1840s to newer forms produced since the 1990s. Learn More

Civic Floor is produced with Luxembourg-Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, MIT List Visual Arts Center, and Southern Alberta Art Gallery Maansiksikaitsitapiitsinikssin (SAAG).

Summer Preview:

Hedda Roman
Rogue Planet

June 22 – September 28, 2024 | Gairloch & Centennial Galleries
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 22, 2 – 5 PM followed by Summer Party

German artist duo Hedda Roman have been employing and collaborating with AI technologies for some time. The exhibition Rogue Planet prompts a reflection on how machine learning and digital technologies shape, distort, and reconstruct our perceptions of identity and reality. Learn More

Sunset Kino
Summer 2024 | Gairloch Gardens

Originally founded by Séamus Kealy in 2016, this summer film festival has its first Canadian permutation this summer. Programmed avant-garde artist films will be presented outdoors and lakeside under the theme “Everything is a Lie.”

Check our website for regular updates on our 2024 programming.

About Oakville Galleries
Oakville Galleries is a contemporary art museum located 30 km west of Toronto. Housed in two spaces—one alongside downtown Oakville’s library, and the other in a lakeside mansion and park—Oakville Galleries is one of Canada’s leading art institutions, presenting the work of emerging and established artists from across Canada and around the world.

Oakville Galleries operates with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario and the Corporation of the Town of Oakville, along with our many individual, corporate and foundation partners.

Check our website for regular updates on our 2024 programming.

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Email: communications@oakvillegalleries.com

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Image credits:
1) Tarik Kiswanson, Installation view, The Wait, 2023. Courtesy the artist and carlier l gebauer. Photo: Bertrand Prévost
2) Installation view, Sung Tieu: Civic Floor, Mudam Luxembourg, 2022. Photo: Mareike Tocha
3) Hedda Roman, Installation view, Wet Closet, Salzburger Kunstverein, 2023. Courtesy the artists.