Fall 2021 Exhibitions at Hamilton Artists Inc.
Radiant Temperature of Openings
Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour and Ryan Ferko
On view until November 20, 2021
In the mid 1950s the Ontario government announced its plans to build a hydroelectric dam near Cornwall, Ontario, on the Saint Lawrence River. When the engineering plans were released for the project, it became clear that the rural settler towns along the north shore of the river would be carefully relocated into a new suburban community, as that land would soon be submerged under an artificial lake feeding the dam. Meanwhile, the forced alteration of this landscape was planned and executed with no communication or dialogue with the Mohawks of Akwesasne, whose territory was permanently flooded, polluted, and further divided by new Canadian border control policies.
Part of an ongoing series of exhibitions surrounding the unnatural disasters of flood and fire brought to this landscape, Radiant Temperature of Openings offers a new iteration of materials drawn from community archives, government reporting, and oral testimony in order to address how the events of 1958 continue to exert control over the contemporary political landscape. On one hand, this settler-colonial logic manipulates a river into both a piece of infrastructure and a political boundary. On the other, it sets the stage for an empirical study into how fire spreads through family homes. Between archival paintings of rapids that no longer exist and celluloid of homes burning against a dried-up river lingers the question of whose future safety is being secured, and whose will be ignored.
the space in which we have dissolved
Brendan Hendry, Jessy Kitchen, and Eli Nolet
Curated by Alexis Moline
On view until November 20, 2021
the space in which we have dissolved explores how place affects identity formation in visible and invisible ways through works by emerging Hamilton-born artists Brendan Hendry, Jessy Kitchen, and Eli Nolet. Historically, Hamilton marketed its identity in the 19th and 20th centuries as working class, masculine, and cisheterosexual. Today, this prevailing public image complicates personal identity for its diverse inhabitants. Growing up with the pressures of Hamilton’s formerly inflexible identity, the artists experience a sense of dissociation with their hometown, and by extension the stabilizing force of identity itself. In the process, the body becomes more tangible, a visible space where identity can be made one’s own. Hendry, Kitchen, and Nolet examine how visibility can both liberate and discipline identity. the space in which we have dissolved visualizes disidentification and place through the eyes of these Hamilton artists, asking viewers to consider how the visible conditions the invisible.
On view until May 29, 2022
take care is a photographic installation on the Inc.’s exterior Cannon Project Wall. With this work, artist Karice Mitchell seeks to unapologetically represent blackness as a site of resistance. Historically, Black women’s sexuality was central to their exploitation. Their sexuality continues to be systematically constructed and controlled through the white gaze, casting Black women as undesirable and “other” in order to normalize violence against them. Due to the ways in which Black women have been stereotyped as hypersexual beings in an effort to preserve white supremacy, Black women are often deprived of exercising full sexual autonomy. By re-appropriating and reclaiming Black erotic imagery, Mitchell subverts this history to begin redefining and reimagining possibilities for Black sexuality to exist beyond its historical construction. The words “take care” gesture to the importance of carving space for Black women to take care of themselves while acknowledging a collective history. Through enacting care, healing can be fostered to imagine empowering possibilities for existence.
As an artist-run centre, Hamilton Artists Inc. (the Inc.) empowers artists of all career levels to take risks with their contemporary visual arts practices and present their work in a critical context.
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Abedar Kamgari, Programming Director
The Inc. gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council, City of Hamilton, Canada Council for the Arts, Hamilton Community Foundation, Incite Foundation for the Arts, and all of our members, donors, sponsors, and programming partners.