Art Gallery of Guelph Fall 2020 Exhibitions


On Thursday, September 17, the Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG) launches a new season of exhibitions that speak to the possibilities for generative relationships with the land and environment. Featuring artists from across the Americas, the exhibitions on view offer a robust dialogue that connects decolonization with pressing issues of climate change, environmental sustainability, and social justice. The AGG is grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and Canadian Heritage. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 to 5 pm (Thursdays until 8 pm), please consult our COVID-19 protocols before your visit. read more >

Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth
Christi Belcourt – A Retrospective with Isaac Murdoch
July 7 – October 11, 2020

Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth brings together over 30 works by Métis artist Christi Belcourt that highlight her creative achievements over 25 years, particularly her explorations of land, water, and medicinal plants that continue to inform her more recent paintings inspired by Indigenous and Métis beadwork. Encouraging viewers to contemplate their relationship to the environment, Belcourt’s advocacy is reinforced in her community-based work with Isaac Murdoch and their use of art to empower protests and actions internationally in support of water and land protection. read more >

Curated by Nadia Kurd, this national touring exhibition is co-produced by Thunder Bay Art Gallery and Carleton University Art Gallery and presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of Canadian Heritage.

Carolina Caycedo: A Landscape Is Never Natural
September 17 – December 13, 2020

Exploring the interconnectedness of natural and social systems across video, sculpture, performance, and installation, Carolina Caycedo’s ever-expanding oeuvre details how the classification of the environment as “other” has allowed for myriad harmful alterations to be made to the natural landscape. Deftly illustrating how the curbing of water is a form of neo-colonial violence that extends throughout the Americas, the exhibition draws a through line that connects the exploitation and erosion of natural resources with cultural erasure. Her work also captures gestures of resistance that counter ecological devastation: efforts to position the body as a site of protest and collective action, acts of decolonization and the assertion of Indigenous stewardship, and recognition of the right of the environment to exist as a self-governing entity. read more >

Curated by Sally Frater, A Landscape Is Never Natural is organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Clemencia Echeverri: Sin Cielo / Skyless
September 17, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Falling within Clemencia Echeverri’s ongoing exploration of the social dynamics, cultural practice, and history of Colombia, Sin Cielo / Skyless is a multi-channel video wall that depicts the aftereffects of mining on the Cauca River within the town of Marmato, Caldas, in the country’s northwest. Through the deployment of scale, repetition, and sound, Sin Cielo adroitly conveys the extent of the ecological devastation that has befallen this region. Drawing a link between consumer desire and environmental degradation, Echeverri highlights the entanglements of economics, politics, and geography. read more >

Curated by Sally Frater, Sin Cielo is organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.


September 17 – December 13, 2020

This exhibition includes artwork made from the ground – work that uses as its material basis the same valuable natural resources that drive world economies. Taking a hemispheric approach, Grounding presents nuanced practices of art-making that respond to extractive industries in the Americas, and more specifically within Canada, Peru, and Argentina. Challenging the assumptions implicit in this economic model, artists Warren Cariou, Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Dana Prieto, and Tsēmā suggest a re-appropriation of natural resources to envision futures beyond those based on capital accumulation, environmental destruction, and colonial value systems. read more >

Grounding is curated by Maya Wilson-Sanchez, winner of the 2020 Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators. Presented annually, the Middlebrook Prize is supported by the Centre Wellington Community Foundation’s Middlebrook Social Innovation Fund and the Guelph Community Foundation’s Musagetes Fund.

Images: Carolina Caycedo, Serpent River Book / Libro Río Serpiente (detail), 2017, artist book, 72 pages, 22 x 31 x 3.5 cm (closed). Courtesy of the artist; Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Transmutaciones – Ensamblaje híbrido III, 2018, melted copper and copper tube, 60 x 5 cm. Courtesy of the artist


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