Fall 2022 Exhibitions & Programs at the Art Gallery of Guelph

Fall Season Launch
Wednesday, September 14 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm
All welcome | Free | In person

The Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG) invites the public to the launch of the gallery’s fall season on Wednesday, September 14, at 5:30 pm. Alongside ᖃᐅᑕᒫᑦ | Qautamaat, curated by Taqralik Partridge, on view are Anahita Norouzi: Planting Displacement, guest curated by Amin Alsaden, as well as Homecoming and For Catherine, curated by Erin Szikora, 2022 Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators recipient. Tours of the exhibitions will be offered at 7 pm.

As part of the event, artist Ron Benner hosts a community corn roast – Maize Barbacoa – a project commissioned by Toronto’s inaugural Nuit Blanche in 2006 that remains central to the artist’s exploration of the impacts of colonization and commercialization on biodiversity as well as traditions and cultures globally.

Anahita Norouzi: Planting Displacement
September 14 – December 31, 2022

Examining intersections between botanical explorations and the colonization of non-Western geographies, Anahita Norouzi has developed an expansive body of work focusing on the plant colloquially referred to as giant hogweed. Originating in Southwest Asia, and familiar in the artist’s ancestral homeland of Iran as Heracleum persicum (Persian hogweed), the plant was imported in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by Europeans keen on acquiring “exotic” species. Today, it is recognized as a noxious weed in southern Canada that detrimentally affects native flora and fauna. The exhibition sheds light on the history and changing perceptions of this plant while marking its gradual disappearance due to ongoing eradication campaigns. By underlining hostilities towards displaced plants and persons alike through the use of terminology such as foreign and invasive that mark both as “other,” Norouzi draws attention to the fragile and conflicted state of those who had to leave their homes behind. read more >

Guest curated by Amin Alsaden, this exhibition is organized with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. The artist acknowledges funding support from the Grantham Foundation for Arts and Environment.

Planting Displacement Public Programs

Curatorial Walkthrough during Fall Season Launch
Wednesday, September 14 | 7 pm
Art Gallery of Guelph
Free | In person

In Conversation: Anahita Norouzi, Amin Alsaden, Mandy Merzaban, and Amrita Dhallu
Thursday, October 20 | 6 pm
Online (Zoom)
Free | To register, click here >

September 14 – December 31, 2022

Curated by Erin Szikora, 2022 winner of the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators, Homecoming considers the complexity and multiplicity of home. To return home is to reconnect to the familiar and the familial: the activities, people, and places that sustain us and provide us with safety, stability, and comfort. But where do we go when we don’t have “home” to return to? This exhibition presents the work of Anita Cazzola, Laura Grier, and Justine Woods, whose contemplations of land, language, and community offer creative strategies to rethink our own relationships to both place and displacement. Emerging from Szikora’s curatorial research into alternative economies of artmaking and valuation that prioritize relationship-building as a key element of exhibition design, Homecoming invites the artists to help shape the exhibition based on their ties to their materials, their communities, and each other. read more >

Organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph, Homecoming is presented with the support of the Centre Wellington Community Foundation’s Middlebrook Social Innovation Fund and the Guelph Community Foundation’s Musagetes Fund.

Homecoming Public Programs

Curatorial Walkthrough during Fall Season Launch
Wednesday, September 14 | 7 pm
Art Gallery of Guelph
Free | In person

Walking as Remapping: A Walk with(in) the Dye Plants with artist Anita Cazzola
Howitt Park in Guelph, ON
Thursday, September 29 | 5:30 pm
Free | In person | To register, click here >

On Coming Home: A Conversation with Homecoming artists Anita Cazzola, Laura Grier, Justine Woods, and curator Erin Szikora
Thursday, November 3 | 6:30 pm
Online (Zoom)
Free | To register, click here >

For Catherine
September 14 – December 31, 2022

On January 13, 1916, Catherine (Hill) Silver, a Mohawk beadworker from Six Nations of the Grand River, received a request from ethnographer Frederick Waugh for pieces to be acquired by the Victoria Memorial Museum. He would ultimately accept the wearable objects she had sent, but decline the smaller “whimsies” – a souvenir picture frame and pincushions that she had offered – due to the engagement with modernity they represented. Curator and beadwork artist Erin Szikora’s response to the idea of “homecoming,” For Catherine speaks to the history of ethnographic collecting, asserting the value of souvenir objects that played a role in sustaining families and communities. Highlighting 26 pincushions and picture frames, this exhibition is inspired by and dedicated to Catherine, and to all of the unnamed Haudenosaunee beadworkers represented in the gallery’s William Reid Collection. read more >

Guest curated by Erin Szikora and organized and presented in conjunction with Homecoming with the support of the Centre Wellington Community Foundation Middlebrook Social Innovation Fund and the Guelph Community Foundation Musagetes Fund.

ᖃᐅᑕᒫᑦ | Qautamaat
May 5 – November 6, 2022

Meaning both “everyday” and “every day,” Qautamaat speaks to Inuit first, through ideas, images, and objects evoking aspects of daily life and relationships that are distinctly Inuk. Bringing together work from the Art Gallery of Guelph’s collection with that of contemporary Inuit artists and makers, the exhibition points to how the patterns of the “Inuit everyday” are inscribed and reinscribed, always evolving and learning from what came before. A high value is placed on conveying these rhythms and the transposition of Inuit experience into expression is assumed and expected, in forms from beadwork and clothing to Inuit transportation technologies such as the qamutik and qajaq, to prints and drawings, textiles and sculpture, capturing a collective geography that encompasses the circumpolar world as well as ties of Inuit beyond the North. read more >

Curated by Taqralik Partridge, Qautamaat is organized and presented with the support of Canadian Heritage through the Museums Assistance Program.

ᖃᐅᑕᒫᑦ | Qautamaat Public Programs

Art Bus Tour: Double Vision & ᖃᐅᑕᒫᑦ | Qautamaat
Sunday, September 25 | 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
Textile Museum of Canada to the Art Gallery of Guelph
General $25 | Members & Students $20 | Indigenous Participants Pay-What-You-Wish
To register, click here >

Walk & Talk: Curatorial Tour of ᖃᐅᑕᒫᑦ | Qautamaat with Taqralik Partridge with Emily Henderson
Wednesday, September 28 | 6:30 pm
Art Gallery of Guelph
Free | In person | Refreshments served

Images: Anahita Norouzi, Remains (detail), 2021, plaster reliefs with metal bases. Courtesy the artist; Justine Woods, we carry our homeland(s) close to our heart (trout filleting detail), 2021, full arm length gauntlets, deer hide, size 11 seed beads. Courtesy the artist; Padloo Samayualie, Shipping Containers (detail), 2019, graphite, coloured pencil and ink. Collection of the Art Gallery of Guelph.

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