Fall 2023 Exhibitions at Art Windsor-Essex

Jessica Rachel Cook, Under the blanket, 2023, repurposed church pews, anthracite coal, durum wheat, beeswax, antique tools, and mixed media. Photo: Frank Piccolo.

Nii Ndahlohke / I Work

On view until June 25, 2024

Nii Ndahlohke / I Work brings together existing works and new commissions by First Nations artists. The show explores the forced labour of students at Mount Elgin Industrial School (1851-1946). By focusing on the theme of work, this exhibition sheds light on an overlooked but important aspect of daily life shared by all residential school students – forced labour – and reflects on the role it played in furthering inequality and injustices faced by First Nations in Canada. This exhibition is inspired by the stories and life of Grandma Norma (Logan) Richter and a book by the Munsee Delaware Language and History Group called Nii Ndahlohke: Boys’ and Girls’ Work at Mount Elgin Industrial School, 1890-1915. Each piece in the show was created by an artist from communities whose children were sent to the Mount Elgin Industrial School and they bring their historical knowledge to the work they created. Crucially, these works tell stories of resilience and strength, producing knowledge about our past that foregrounds the everyday life of First Nations in southwestern Ontario since the mid-nineteenth century.

Participating artists are Kaia’tanoron Dumoulin Bush, Jessica Rachel Cook, Nancy Deleary, Gig Fisher, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Judy McCallum, Donna Noah, Mo Thunder, and Meg Tucker. Co-curated by Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Julie Rae Tucker.

Sarah Maloney, Skin, 2003-2012, approx. 4,000,000 glass beads, 42 x 23 x 170 cm. Collection of the artist.

Sarah Maloney’s Pleasure Ground: A Feminist Take on the Natural World

October 19, 2023 – January 21, 2024

Sarah Maloney’s Pleasure Ground: A Feminist Take on the Natural World: Sarah Maloney reconsiders Western history and culture through a feminist lens. Using natural, botanical, and bodily forms as references to gender, pleasure, desire, and power, her practice investigates the nature of what is “constructed.” Working across a variety of media ranging from embroidery to bronze, Maloney challenges ideas of “women’s work,” craft, and artistic labour. This exhibition features artworks created over the past several decades, charting her development as an artist. Co-curated by Jennifer Matotek and Laura Ritchie.

Hiba Abdallah & Justin Langlois: Minor Stipulations

October 19, 2023 – January 21, 2024

Hiba Abdallah & Justin Langlois: Minor Stipulations: We often think of demands as forceful. A ‘demand’ suggests we are claiming something rather than requesting it. With Minor Stipulations, Windsor-Essex-raised artists Hiba Abdallah and Justin Langlois show how demands open space for conversation. Here, a demand might be a call to action. A question without an answer. A silent action. Through text works, free posters, an artist-curated library and a microphone, the artists help us consider how we might use our power and influence in making fair demands.

Sasha Opeiko, by constant flow all things are thinned, 2022. Found objects, video, media devices, photo prints. Dimensions variable.

Sasha Opeiko: pixel / dust

October 24, 2023 – January 21, 2024

Sasha Opeiko: pixel / dust: Sasha Opeiko’s research practice explores the breakdown of the digital image (and all other things with it) under capitalism, reflecting on the afterlife of images in a post-capitalist world. pixel / dust brings together a series of works where the pixel, the building block of the digital image, is highlighted front and center, with faulty 3D scans that glitch in real-time, and computer-generated montages of empty spaces and ruins, haunted by absence. These moving-image works are accompanied by decaying household objects, suggesting that there is no escaping the corrosion that capitalism has caused (or perhaps, the corrosion that capitalism has been masking). Curated by Muriel Kahwagi, TD Curatorial Fellow.

Rajni Perera: Futures

October 24, 2023 – January 21, 2024

Rajni Perera: Futures: Rajni Perera is one of Canada’s most promising contemporary multimedia artists. Experimenting with mediums as varied as painting, sculpture and photography, the Toronto-based artist expresses her vision of imagined futures in which mutated subjects exist in dystopian realms. Futures includes works from all phases of the artist’s career, including new pieces made specifically for this exhibition. Early examples of Perera’s mutated goddesses are displayed in concert with her more recent abstractions and sculptures. This exhibition was organized and circulated by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Curated by Sarah Milroy.

Christopher McNamara: “It Don’t Exist” – Imagining the City Within and Beyond the Archive

November 14, 2023 – February 18, 2024

Christopher McNamara: “It Don’t Exist” – Imagining the City Within and Beyond the Archive: In this exhibition, Christopher McNamara selects works from the AWE collection to ruminate on the ways we consider the city in our dreams and in our daily lives. Evidence of past lives linger within the frames and outer edges of the works selected. McNamara’s own city dioramas and multi media works add to these reflections on urban life and the stories we use to both remember and understand our places on the map. Open through February 18, 2024.

The Once and Future City

November 14, 2023 – June 25, 2024

The Once and Future City: Shanthi Senthe and Anneke Smit from Windsor Law’s Centre for Cities highlight works from AWE’s collection that show the dynamic and changing nature of urban life. This exhibition demonstrates how visual works can spark conversations around sustainable and inclusive citybuilding.

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Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.

Art Windsor-Essex
401 Riverside Drive West
Windsor, Ontario N9A 7J1

Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am-5:00pm

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Admission is $10, or free for members.

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