Dmitry Gretsky & Eugenia Kats: House for Sale
Fall 2023 Exhibition at The MacLaren Art Centre
Opening Celebration: October 13, 2023 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm
House for Sale
October 13, 2023 – January 14, 2024
House for Sale brings together ten years of research by Innisfil-based artist duo Dmitry Gretsky and Eugenia Kats that explores the housing crisis in Ontario and related questions about migration, belonging, and concepts of home.
Focusing on stories from their changing community in Innisfil in conjunction with their experience as immigrants to Canada, the exhibition is comprised of five installations that are spread throughout the building, found in the galleries and other in-between spaces. The artists use familiar materials like bubble wrap, chain link fencing, and zip ties to create immersive environments, each raising important questions about the uncertainty embedded in securing housing and what it means to make a place a home in our current social and political climate.
House for Sale aptly points out our shared desire for a place to call home and provokes viewers to reconsider our assumptions about what housing can and should look like. Acknowledging that concerns about the future of housing are becoming increasingly hard to avoid for people from all walks of life, the exhibition traces how changing housing conditions are impacting the way that we think about home and encourages a deep reflection on our relationships to home and housing as we move into the future.
Dmitry Gretsky and Eugenia Kats are an artist duo who have been working in collaboration for more than a decade. They received their MFA in 1995 and have been recognized with numerous prestigious awards, including the Kress Project Award (Georgia Museum of Art, US) and the Pollock-Krasner Grant (New York, NY). They have also been shortlisted for the Kingston Prize (Canada), the S. Kuryokhin Award, and they have been longlisted twice for the Kandinsky Art Prize.
Their works can be found in many significant institutions, as well as in private collections. Additionally, Gretsky and Kats have actively participated in various Art Fairs, notably Vienna Contemporary, Cosmoscow, and ART MIAMI.
A Place to Call Home: Collective Belonging and Reimagining Success
November 22, 2023 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
In acknowledgement of National Housing Day, join Redwood Park Communities for an interactive talk that delves into the fascinating topic of collective belonging as it intersects with the dilemma of home ownership as a measure of success – at a time when homeownership is out of reach for so many.
Artist and Curatorial Tour with Gretsky+Kats
December 14, 2023 | 7:00 pm
Join Dmitry Gretsky and Eugenia Kats for a tour that takes visitors behind-the-scenes through House for Sale’s six installations, as we explore a decade of locally specific research into the housing crisis in Ontario, the artist’s personal experiences of migration, and the aesthetic motivations that shaped the exhibition.
Not for Sale! An Architectural Activist Campaign for Non-Alienated Housing
January 10, 2024 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Join Adrian Blackwell of Architects Against Housing Alienation (AAHA) for a talk about the collective’s transformation of the Canada Pavilion in Venice, Italy into a campaign headquarters for equitable housing. The project draws attention to the housing crisis being experienced by many communities across Canada and denounces how the real estate market converts homes into financial assets, aggravating a range of issues including a general lack of affordability, precarious housing, and homelessness.
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About the MacLaren Art Centre
The MacLaren is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe and Pottawatomi Nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. The local bands consist of the Chippewa Tri-Council, who are made up of Beausoleil First Nation, Georgina Island First Nation and Rama First Nation. We would also like to acknowledge the Wendat Nation (Huron) who occupied these lands prior to the middle of the 17th century.
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