Don’t miss the final weekend of the 2022 Toronto Biennial of Art

Ghazaleh Avarzamani, Forced Afloat, 2022. Blue rubber mulch, Dimensions variable. On view at 72 Perth Ave as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art (2022). Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid. Co-presented with the Aga Khan Museum. Made possible with the generous support of the Women Leading Initiative, Ab Anbar Gallery, Tehran and Galerie Nicolas Robert, Toronto.

The 2022 Biennial is coming to a close – don’t miss out on our final weekend of exhibitions and programming!

FRIDAY, JUNE 3

In Conversation: Dr. George Mahashe and Buhlebezwe Siwani
Virtual | 1–2:30pm
Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this program is now a virtual talk.
Registration is required to access the Zoom link

2022 Biennial artist Buhlebezwe Siwani is joined by Dr. George Mahashe for an intimate conversation that brings together Mahashe’s ongoing research at the intersection of artistic practice, archives, and anthropology with Siwani’s work, which interrogates the patriarchal framing of the Black female body and experience within the South African context.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4

In Person Performance: MBL: Freedom
Small Arms Inspection Building | 1–3pm

Join 2022 Biennial artist Syrus Marcus Ware and actors Dainty Smith and Ravyn Wngz for a staged reading of the complete performance of MBL: Freedom (2022), an interactive film experience reflecting on climate change, white supremacy, abolition, and disability justice, currently on view at the Small Arms Inspection Building.

A Tribute to Toronto by Judy Chicago
Sugar Beach
DJ + Bar opens at 7pm; Performance begins at dusk

This one-of-a-kind Smoke Sculpture™ is approved and supported by the City of Toronto and will be visible from the shore of Lake Ontario. Harkening back to Chicago’s Atmospheres photo series of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which sought to soften and “feminize” harsh, man-made environments, A Tribute to Toronto works against the tradition of male Land Art artists whose work imposed itself on the earth. Instead, Chicago’s performance offers an alternative and impermanent approach that merges colour with landscape to increase awareness of the beauty of our natural environment.

Judy Chicago in collaboration with Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, Purple Poem for Miami, 2019. Fireworks performance. Commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami in conjunction with the exhibition, “Judy Chicago: A Reckoning”, Miami, FL. © Judy Chicago/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo ©Donald Woodman/ARS, NY

SUNDAY, JUNE 5

TBA 2022 Closing BBQ and Book Launch
Small Arms Inspection Building | 12–5pm

The Toronto Biennial of Art will celebrate the closing of the 2022 edition with a family and youth friendly BBQ for neighbours and those further afield. Enjoy great food and an array of participatory activities including Storytelling tours of the exhibition at the Small Arms Inspection Building, interactive walks focusing on the building’s history and the Indigenous history of its grounds, as well as pop-up stations with hands-on, intergenerational art-making workshops.

This event also marks the official launch of A Treaty Guide for Torontonians – an activity-based publication by the Talking Treaties Collective examining the complex intercultural roots of treaty relationships in the place we now call Toronto.

This event is co-presented in partnership with Art Metropole, Creative Hub 1352, Eagle Spirits of the Great Waters, Jumblies Theatre + Arts, Lakeview Ratepayers, and Small Arms Inspection Building, with the generous support of FRAM + Slokker, and the City of Mississauga.

Oakville Galleries x TBA ARTBus Exhibition Tour
Begins and ends at 72 Perth Ave | 12–5pm
Registration is required for this tour.

Join us for a multi-exhibition tour of Oakville Galleries’ current exhibitions and Biennial sites. The ARTBus will pick up participants from 72 Perth Ave, travelling to Fort York National Historic Site, Small Arms Inspection Building, and Oakville Galleries before returning to 72 Perth Ave.

A Walk to Greet Plants
Participants: Toronto Landscape Observatory
72 Perth Ave | 2–4pm
Registration is suggested for this workshop

Writer Lorraine Johnson leads this walk exploring the flora of the West Toronto Railpath. Its goal is to build immediate, emotional connections that help people see themselves as part of the natural world.

Image of A Treaty Guide for Torontonians cover, 2022. Image courtesy of Art Metropole.

A Treaty Guide for Torontonians | Pre-Order and Official Launch
Created by the Talking Treaties Collective: Ange Loft, Victoria Freeman, Martha Stiegman, and Jill Carter
Published by: Jumblies Press and Toronto Biennial of Art, in partnership with Art Metropole

Part of Jumblies Theatre & Arts’s multi-year Talking Treaties project, A Treaty Guide for Torontonians is an artful examination of the complex intercultural roots of treaty relationships in the place we now call Toronto. Scholarly and historical research is complemented by outdoor activities, theatrical pursuits, and contemporary writing prompts that help readers explore the modern-day subjective and physical embodiment of treaty relations. This combination of art-based research and Toronto-specific knowledge inspires an active approach to treaty awareness through embodied learning tools.

Pre-order the publication today, and join us on June 5th at our closing BBQ to celebrate the launch!

This publication has been generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Toronto, the Ontario Arts Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and York University.


About TBA
The Toronto Biennial of Art is Canada’s leading visual arts event focused exclusively on contemporary art from around the world. For 10 weeks every two years, local, national, and international Biennial artists transform Toronto and its partner regions with free exhibitions, performances, and learning opportunities. Grounded in diverse local contexts, the Biennial’s city-wide programming aims to inspire individuals, engage communities, and contribute to global conversations.

This event has been financially assisted by the City of Toronto, the Government of Ontario, and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

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