Announcing the 4th Kamias Triennial in Toronto

A.S.M. Kobayashi with Meredith Talusan and Maylee Todd, Found Between the Pages, Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University (detail), 2024. Courtesy the artists.

4th Kamias Triennial (KT4) Long-Distance

July 4 – 29, 2024
Various locations in Toronto

The Kamias Triennial is an independent, itinerant, recurring, contemporary art event with roots in Asia and Canada. The inaugural Toronto edition includes artists from Brooklyn, Barryville, Berlin, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Manila, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.

The curatorial theme examines distance and how interpretations of it shape and reshape our connections with one another and our surroundings. It questions the role of art and culture in bridging social and political divides and explores the transformative power of hospitality. Since the last Triennial (2020), our perception of distance has been revealed as a myth, begging closer attention and widening our peripheries. Within this framework, contemporary artists experiment with hospitality, gathering, and connecting, collapsing proximities.

Exhibitions, performances, and programming will be co-presented at Gallery TPW, The Plumb and Towards Gallery, with an additional screening presented in partnership with the MOCA Toronto’s GTA24 program.

Participating artists include: Dean Baldwin Lew, Lena Cobangbang, Kiri Dalena, Cian Dayrit, Erin Gee, Kolown, Woojae Kim , A.S.M. Kobayashi with Meredith Talusan and Maylee Todd, Okui Lala , Sung Tieu, Mama’s Boy (Tanya & Olive Villanueva), Xuan Ye.


Long-Distance

July 4 – 29, 2024
Launch Party: Saturday, July 6, 1-5pm
Gallery TPW, 170 St. Helens Avenue, Toronto

The 4th Kamias Triennial’s inaugural group exhibition presents work by all 12 participating artists, with performances and intervention at the opening reception by Xuan Ye and Dean Baldwin Lew.

Public Programs:

Solidarity Banner Reassembly & Kwentuhan
July 4 – 13
Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm, exact times variable

Artist Kiri Dalena, a member of Filipino diasporic collective RESBAK, will be bringing the group’s “STOP THE KILLINGS” banner to the Kamias Triennial’s exhibition Long-Distance. During the course of the exhibition, the banner text will be reconstituted to read “END GENOCIDE” in solidarity with Palestine and in recognition of global colonial violence. Kwentuhan is the Tagalog word for telling a story or chatting with someone. Dalena and KT4 invite you to informally kwentuhan as we work to compose the banner text.

Kiri Dalena in Conversation with Glenn Philip Martinez Aquino
Wednesday, July 10, 6pm

Artist Kiri Dalena will be joined by fellow REBSAK member Glenn Philip Martinez Aquino to discuss the collective’s activism both in the Philippines and abroad.

RESBAK (RESpond and Break the Silence Against the Killings) is an interdisciplinary alliance of artists, media practitioners, and cultural workers advancing social awareness with regards to the killings brought forth by the Rodrigo Duterte administration’s ‘war on drugs’.

Curator’s Tour with Karie Liao
Saturday, July 27, 1pm

Join Kamias Triennial co-director/curator, Karie Liao for a tour of the group exhibition at Gallery TPW.

Accessibility: Gallery TPW is an accessible space. Please note that there are no automatic doors at the entrance or washroom and no designated accessible parking nearby.


Courtesy of Woojae Kim.

I hear a silent dissonance
Woojae Kim

July 7 – 29, 2024
Opening Reception: Sunday, July 7, 6-9pm
The Plumb, 1655 Dufferin Street (Basement), Toronto

Woojae Kim will be presenting a solo exhibition at the Plumb as part of the 4th Kamias Triennial. Kim combines his research on biology with somatic experiences. He is currently making Makgeolli to learn about microbiology, and the histories and relationships between living creatures and the land. Through words used in both scientific and cultural discussions, such as “colonization,” “culture,” and “diversity” he observes how we relate to each other and to non-human others. Kim received an MFA from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

Accessibility: The Plumb is not an accessible space.


Courtesy of Lena Cobangbang.

Mine is the soil and the toil for your paradise
Lena Cobangbang

July 11 – August 10, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 11, 6-9pm
Towards Gallery, 163 Sterling Road, Unit 144, Toronto

Lena Cobangbang will be presenting a solo exhibition at Towards Gallery as part of the 4th Kamias Triennial. Cobangbang’s practice is broad, moving across video, installation, found objects, embroidery, cookery, performance, and photography. At times, her work can be obsessive-compulsive, and at others, celebratory and macabre. Cobangbang was nominated for the 3rd Ateneo Art Awards in 2005. She received the Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Award in 2006 and participated in the 2008 Singapore Biennale.

Accessibility: Towards Gallery is not an accessible space.


Okui Lala, My Language Proficiency (image still), 2017, video, sound. Courtesy the artist.

Sasalubong/Will Meet, presented in partnership with MOCA as part of GTA24

Screening: Saturday, July 13, 2–3pm
Paradise Theatre, 1006c Bloor Street West, Toronto
Admission $15 | Purchase tickets

KT4, in partnership with MOCA’s GTA24, presents Sasalubong (Tagalog for “will meet,” or “will welcome”), featuring the films and short video works of Kiri Dalena, A.S.M. Kobayashi, Mama’s Boy (Tanya & Olive Villanueva) and Okui Lala.

Okui Lala’s My Language Proficiency (2017) investigates the nuances of individuality within Malaysia’s multilingual society. She poses the question: “Am I still the same person with each different language I use?” Kiri Dalena’s latest work critically addresses the social inequalities in the Philippines. A.S.M. Kobayashi’s File No. 2304 explores Canada’s shameful history of Japanese internment and forced labour camps through the artist’s meticulous examination of her great-grandfather’s government custodial file, unearthing hidden narratives within its inventories and documents. Mama’s Boy’s (Tanya & Olive Villaneuva) Ligaya presents a true story of a pregnant 19-year-old baby talking to her 20-year-old baby, talking to their 21-year-old baby.


About the Kamias Triennial

Founded by artist Patrick Cruz in 2014 in Quezon City, the Kamias Triennial was launched with an exhibition of work by local Filipino artists. After the first edition, Cruz expanded the curatorial team, forming the collective Kamias Special Projects. This year’s edition is co-curated by Cruz, with Su-Ying Lee and Karie Liao.

Press Contact: kamiasspecialprojects@gmail.com
Website: kamiasspecialprojects.com
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