Art Gallery of Guelph Fall 2021 Exhibitions


On Thursday, October 21, the Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG) launches a new season of exhibitions that speak to the impacts of colonization and the possibilities for generative relationships with place, with the land, and with each other. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 12 to 5 pm, join us for extended hours on October 21 until 8 pm. We are committed to ensuring the safest possible conditions for visitors; before arriving at the gallery, please review our COVID-19 protocols.

Dawit L. Petros: Prospetto a Mare
October 21, 2021 – March 6, 2022

Examining how mobility and colonization shape contemporary stories of migrancy, Prospetto a Mare (Prospectus to Sea) underscores the complicated colonial and postcolonial histories connecting East Africa, Europe, and North America. Focusing on a transatlantic flight from Italy to the US led by Italo Balbo, Benito Mussolini’s Air Force Minister, to coincide with Italy’s participation in the 1933 World’s Fair, Petros shows how failures of public memory have bound the geographies of Italy, Canada, the United States, and the artist’s birth nation of Eritrea. Underscoring how both airplane and camera enabled Italy to render the subjects of its empire silent and invisible, Petros investigates the static representation of East Africans and how it continues to impact former colonies and their global diasporas, including African Canadians.

Prospetto a Mare is guest curated by Sally Frater, and organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.


ᐃᓅᓯᕋ | Inuusira: Tarralik Duffy with Pitseolak Ashoona
October 21, 2021 – March 6, 2022

Reflecting on the influence of artist Pitseolak Ashoona and of her 1971 illustrated biography titled Pictures out of my life, this exhibition features new work by Tarralik Duffy in dialogue with Pitseolak’s prints and drawings from the Art Gallery of Guelph’s collection. Published in both English and Inuktitut, Dorothy Eber’s book featured vivid images created by Pitseolak with pencil and felt-tip pen as well as edited oral interviews, offering exceptional glimpses of everyday life in the North that would have a profound impact for Inuit youth, including artist Tarralik Duffy. Inspired by these images, Inuusira, which means “my life,” features new prints and digital drawings by Duffy that highlight an evolving Inuk-inflected popular culture that captures distinctly Inuit experiences produced in the ongoing negotiation of past and present, north and south.

ᐃᓅᓯᕋ | Inuusira is curated by Taqralik Partridge, Adjunct Curator, and organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.


Collective Offerings
October 21, 2021 – March 6, 2022

Collective Offerings responds to the compartmentalization and fragmentation produced by colonialism and deepened by this period of unprecedented political, ecological, and public health crises. Recognizing the particularly heavy toll exacted on racialized, migrant, disabled, and low-income communities, the performance and new media practices of artists Meech Boakye and Christina Kingsbury, Shirin Fahimi, LAL (Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray), Jessica Karuhanga, and Shaista Latif speak to collective interdependence, mitigating the impacts of isolation for communities, networks of care, and our bodies themselves.

Collective Offerings is curated by Mitra Fakhrashrafi and Vince Rozario, 2021 recipients of the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators, and presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Centre Wellington Community Foundation Middlebrook Social Innovation Fund and the Guelph Community Foundation Musagetes Fund.

Images: Dawit L. Petros, Untitled (Overlapping and intertwined territories that fall from view II), Catania, Italy, 2019 (detail), archival color pigment print, 76.2 x 95.3 cm. Courtesy of the artist; Tarralik Duffy, Quickstop (detail), 2021, pencil crayon on paper, 35.6 x 27.9 cm. Courtesy of the artist; Shirin Fahimi, In the House of Fire with Avaz-e-Eshgh (digital still), 2021, 3-channel video installation. Courtesy of the artist.

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