Greg Staats | Sharona Franklin

Greg Staats, What have you seen along the road, 2019

Onenh dwa’ den’ dya – Now let us proceed
Greg Staats

Exhibition Dates: March 29 – April 27, 2019
Opening Reception: March 29, 6 – 8PM
Brunch Talk: March 30, 12 – 2PM

Curated by Leila Timmins

Onenh dwa’ den’ dya – Now let us proceed is an expanded photo-based installation by Hodinǫhsǫ:ni-Kanien’kehá:ka artist Greg Staats. Bringing together new and existing work, the exhibition centres around a Hodinǫhsǫ:ni restorative aesthetic and proposes a process of transformation for reciprocal growth and mental wellness. Foregrounding Staats’ on-reserve lived experience, all of the images were gathered on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, embodying a continual return and methodology for healing.

Greg Staats, Place 5, 2019.

Toronto-based artist Greg Staats, Kanien’kehá:ka (b. Ohsweken, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory) whose lens based and sculptural works combine language, mnemonics and the natural world as an ongoing process of conceptualizing a Hodinǫhsǫ:ni restorative aesthetic that defines the multiplicity of relationships with trauma and renewal, performative burdens and the phenomena of condolence and renewal. Staats’ solo exhibitions include: McMaster Museum of Art, the Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Gallery, Walter Philips Gallery, Banff, Mercer Union, Gallery TPW, Trinity Square Video/Images festival. Group exhibitions include the Art Gallery of Southern Manitoba and Art Gallery of York University. Staats has been Faculty for two Aboriginal Residencies: Archive Restored (2009) and Towards Language (2010) at the Banff Centre. Staats is the recipient of The Duke & Duchess of York Prize in Photography.

Sharona Franklin, New Psychedelia of Industrial Healing, 2018.

New Psychedelia of Industrial Healing
Sharona Franklin

Exhibition Dates: March 29 – April 27, 2019
Opening Reception: March 29, 6 – 8PM

Curated by Steffanie Ling
Presented in partnership with Images Festival


New Psychedelia of Industrial Healing is a daily cycling bio-installation, adopting the structure of durational performance and sculpture, meditating on medical treatments which the artist began 20-years ago. Each daily composition exposes disability through a process of bio-ritual: the embodiment of biopharmacology, biocitizenship, and the unveiled autobiography of a daily ritual, private self injection, and the treatment of genetic disease. Within the altars assembled, documented and connected through Instagram, live cells are arranged among unprecious objects. The syringe creates new psychedelia of visual meditations, interjecting social media algorithms, and reclaiming a long-standing alienation. Each image confronts questions around “Who defines celebration while policing the expression of the disabled?” A selection from over a hundred of her images allow us to linger with this experiment in de-stigmatization.

Sharona Franklin‘s (b. 1987) work disseminates a personal mythology of gender, class, bio-citizenship, and botany. Her work is reflexive to propaganda, transhumanism and bioethics, working to expand contemporary interpretations of genetic engineering. In 2016 Franklin published a book of visual prose titled Rental Bod(Publication Studio Vancouver, 2016).

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