Online Talk, Q&A and Screening – Julius Poncelet Manapul: Decolonizing Antiquities



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LIVE Artist Talk, Q&A, and Screening
Friday, April 2nd, 2021, 3 to 5 PM
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Exhibition PUBLICATION with essays by Robert Diaz and Amina Farah
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Julius Poncelet Manapul, Decolonizing Antiquities, organized by John B. Aird Gallery director/curator Carla Garnet, features multi-media installation and collage works that arise from the artist’s lived experience as a gay, diasporic, Filipinx.

This solo show reflects Manapul’s desire to disrupt static and globalized notions of queerness in favor of an emergent subjectivity that is remade through aesthetics. His artistic practice focuses on the hybrid nature of Filipinx culture after colonialism and the colour-gaze of queer identities, using a taxonomy to excavate the experience of immigration and assimilation in the face of cultural erasure.

Presented as a coherent collection, Manapul’s new bodies of work operate as a provisional site for change-making discussion and other potentialities

This solo project is accompanied by an online publication, with essays by Robert Diaz and Amina Farah and a LIVE Artist Talk, Q&A, and Screening


The John B. Aird Gallery is an independent not-for-profit public art gallery in founded 1985. The gallery relocated to Artscape 906 Queen West in 2019 and will remain at this swing-space until renovations are completed at its original location in the Macdonald Block (at Bay Wellesley) in 2024-25.

The Aird gratefully acknowledges Charles Street Video generous technical support of this exhibit.

John B. Aird Gallery |
Artscape West Queen West | 906 Queen Street West, B05, Toronto, M6J 1G6
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