Nordic Collaborations Exhibitions

September 21, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Harbourfront Centre, 245 at 245 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto

Beads of Timber 2022, Anna Rikkinen. Photo: Pia Maria Rautio

Nordic Collaborations is part of Nordic Bridges, Harbourfront Centre’s year-long cultural initiative celebrating Nordic art, culture and ideas in Canada. Three fascinating exhibitions, Animal Vegetable Mineral, Eyes as Big as Plates and Fuglakvæðið (The Bird Ballad) from Nordic and Canadian artists, explore human nature’s relationship, connection and disassociation with the natural world around them. All open at 245, a new non-traditional gallery space on Harbourfront Centre’s campus located in the 245 Queen’s Quay West warehouse. Join us for the opening reception and salon evening with several of the artists present.

Opening Receptions:

Nordic Collaborations Exhibitions
Wednesday, September 21 | 6pm
Harbourfront Centre | 245
245 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Jewellery: Catalyst for Conversation
Salon evening
Thursday, September 22 | 7–10pm
Harbourfront Centre | Lakeside Terrace
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Animal Vegetable Mineral

September 21 – November 20
Curated by Melanie Egan

Much like modern art, contemporary jewellery expands our view of society, culture, the world and ourselves. It differentiates itself from other craft practices because it has never been limited to one material – it can be animal, vegetable or mineral, thus opening a vast array of possibilities. Jewellery is significant for its direct associations with bodies, ability to convey ideas at an intimate level and its movement through space and time.

In Animal Vegetable Mineral, artists embrace debris and detritus, the desecrated bones of a political decision, the overlooked and undervalued, the hidden consequences, the reclaimed, restored and memorialized. Through the catalyst of contemporary jewellery, they use materials redolent with meaning and the body as a site to confront issues of identity, social critique and political change.

Participating artists:

Bridget Catchpole (British Columbia), Annette Dam (Denmark), Karin Jones (British Columbia), Alex Kinsley Vey (Ontario), Tania Larsson (Gwich’in Northwest Territories), Helena Johansson Lindell (Sweden), Helga R. Mogensen (Iceland), Anna Pauliina Rikkinen (Finland), Máret Ánne Sara (Sàmpi/Norway), Catherine Sheedy (Québec) and Despo Sophocleous (Nova Scotia).

Eyes as Big as Plates

Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth
September 21 – January 8

The ongoing photography series Eyes as Big as Plates began in 2011 to study personifications in nature and folkloric explanations of natural phenomena. A decade later, it has evolved into a continual search for modern human’s belonging in nature, taking the Norwegian-Finnish artist duo Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen to 16 countries on a quest to understand our relationship with our surroundings. As part of Hjorth and Ikonen’s participation in Nordic Bridges, the duo will collaborate with the Miꞌkmaq community in Nova Scotia to create a series of new works that will be presented as part of their exhibition at Harbourfront Centre during Nuit Blanche.

Part sculpture, part installation and part photography, the artist’s work together from the beginning to the end of the process with their different complementing skills.

Fuglakvæðið (The Bird Ballad)

Edward Fuglø
September 21 – January 8
Curated by Marlee Choo and Melanie Egan

Fuglakvæðið is a traditional Faroese fable from 1806, written as a ballad containing 226 verses. It is a kind of Robin Hood story, where the Oystercatcher (the hero) is helping the little birds and guarding them against the birds of prey in this Maritime country.

The text is considered a masterpiece from Nólsoyar Páll, and the story is recognized as a Faroese contribution to the European Enlightenment. The satirical fable tells the story of the political situation, the relationship between Denmark and the Faroe Islands and between the authorities and people during that time.

These original acrylic paintings were used as illustrations in the book, Fuglakvæðið. The book was presented at Christianborg, the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen, in March 2022.

Harbourfront Centre is a leading international centre for contemporary arts, culture and ideas, and a registered, charitable not-for-profit cultural organization operating a 10-acre campus on Toronto’s central waterfront. Harbourfront Centre provides year-round programming 52 weeks a year, seven days a week, supporting a wide range of artists and communities. We inspire audiences and visitors with a breadth of bold, ambitious and engaging experiences, and champion contemporary Canadian artists throughout their careers, presenting them alongside international artists, and fostering national and international artistic exchange between disciplines and cultures.
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Nordic Bridges is a year-long initiative led by Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre fostering cultural exchange between the Nordic Region and Canada. Working with partners across Canada, Nordic Bridges will present multidisciplinary contemporary art, culture, and ideas throughout 2022.
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Please note that 245 Queen’s Quay West is a partially accessible venue (doors are not automatic). Doors will remain open during gallery hours.