Art Gallery of Burlington Spring 2022 Exhibitions and Programs

Sun’s out @ AGB

Joiri Minaya, Container #5, 2020. C-print mounted on Sintra, 40 x 60”. Courtesy of the artist.

Here Comes the Sun
Curated by Noor Alé
April 22 – August 13, 2022

Here Comes the Sun traces the origins of extractive tourism industries through the works of contemporary artists whose practices examine the interconnections between colonial legacies of crop plantations and service economies in the Caribbean. Gesturing towards the Caribbean’s complicated relationship with the tourism industry, Irene de Andrés and Katherine Kennedy deliver criticisms of international stakeholders and land developers who stand to benefit from the economic, social, and environmental well-being of the region. Countering the intrusive colonial gaze, Joiri Minaya exposes fictitious representations of the landscape and the exoticization of Caribbean women. Ada M. Patterson subverts images of crops to offer a lamentation on the place of sugar and tourism in the Barbadian cultural imaginary.

The exhibition title is borrowed from Jamaican-born writer Nicole Dennis-Benn’s titular fictional novel. In Here Comes the Sun (2016), Dennis-Benn narrates the lives of three Jamaican women against a backdrop of power dynamics, economics, and gender inequities to advance conversations in the Global North about the complexity of tourism industries.

Yen Linh Thai, Vietnam, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

Mother Tongue: Yen Linh Thai
Curated by Jasmine Mander
May 7 to August 6, 2022

Muralist and illustrator Yen Linh Thai explores the widening gap of lost cultural knowledge between generations. Thai’s family were among the first farmers on an island in the Mekong Delta, in Vietnam. They worked to develop the land from rice paddies to grow regional fruits such as guava, jackfruit, and dragon fruit. As food is an integral part of her family’s history, she uses provisions such as pineapple eyes, coconuts, and fermented crab to relay important cultural teachings and knowledge.

Thai’s experience of connecting to her culture through language, values and traditions has been one of exploration and play, yet there is an underlying fear that bubbles to the surface. This feeling of anxiety is reinforced with each passing family member and the realisation of an ever-widening cultural gap. Her mural work illustrates the sinking feeling of knowing that we simply cannot absorb enough before our time here passes.

Chalit Floriano, Avatar.

AGB Digital Programs
We are Reimagining Digital Bodies with illustrator and 3D artist Charlit Floriano with two workshops designed for youth aged 16 – 25 to discuss the impact of digital design by creating virtual reality avatars. Building Avatars invites participants to contribute to the design of a collective avatar by specifying physical traits they would like to see in its 3-dimensional formation. Two weeks later, participants can experience the avatar in action by booking an appointment to use the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, at the AGB and see their creation in the gallery. Intro to Blender is a two-week program, guiding youth in a digital hands-on workshop to create their own 3D avatar bodies with Blender, an open-source creation suite. Participants learn the basics of Blender by sculpting with 3D models and designing their avatar from scratch and take home a resource-kit for further learning, such as converting drawings with Unity and tips on animating.

Hosted by AGB’s Curatorial Assistant Jasmine Mander, Echo BIPOC Book-club centres the voices of authors and thinkers who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. The club prioritizes BIPOC community members. Echo meets monthly to dissect and understand ideas related to political activism including race, identity, disability, tokenization, abuse, prison abolition and oppression through reading. Books are mailed one month in advance of each session or available at the AGB for pick-up. Readers of all levels are welcome and encouraged to share theories, thoughts, interpretations, and experiences. The program is free and is held on April 25, May 30, June 27, 6:30 – 8:00 pm with a limited number of spaces, so please register in advance to receive your copy. What we’re reading this season: They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up, written by Eternity Martis, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement, written by Angela Y. Davis, and Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, edited by Alice Wong.

IRL Programs
Get your hands dirty in our studios this season. Registration is open for courses and workshops on the Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting, Introduction to Wheel Throwing, Fun + Functional Pottery, and Build-A-Bowl.

SUMMER CAMPS are back! AGB in-person Summer Camps for children and youth from July 4 – August 26, are designed for ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 12. The weekly sessions are full of hands-on and collaborative projects, which encourage skillful and meaningful ways of thinking, seeing, and making contemporary art and craft. This year we’re incorporating more creative movement and physical play. The Travelling Stage & Little Yogis will be joining us for a thirty-minute yoga, movement, improv, and theatre session every day for a fun break between art making. AGB also partnered with the Royal Botanical Gardens, so kids craft in the studios in the morning and hike outdoors in the afternoon. Teens can get moving too and experience the potter’s wheel firsthand with the Junior Potters Guild from July 11 – August 19.

Registration is required for all workshops, courses, camps, and discussions.

Here Comes the Sun has been generously sponsored by DJB Chartered Professional and the Ontario Arts Council. Mother Tongue is in partnership with YWCA Hamilton’s Join, a new immigration and settlement program designed specifically for women, youth and 2SLGBTQ+ newcomers.

The AGB is supported by the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts. AGB Digital youth programming is generously supported by the Halton Region Investment Fund.

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