Summer 2024 Exhibition & Outdoor Film Festival at Oakville Galleries

Hedda Roman, film still from Death to Dialectics, 2x 4K HDR Video, 9 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Oakville Galleries announces its summer exhibition Rogue Planet by German artist duo Hedda Roman, opening on Saturday, June 22. Following the opening is our Summer Party and the first program of Sunset Kino, Canada’s only outdoor, avant-garde film festival. All are welcome!

Saturday, June 22, 2024
3 – 5 pm | Exhibition Opening at Centennial Square
3 – 6 pm | Exhibition Opening Reception & Remarks in Gairloch Gardens
6 – 10 pm | Summer Party & Sunset Kino in Gairloch Gardens

Hedda Roman will be in attendance.
All are welcome. All events are free. Join the ARTbus!


Hedda Roman, The longest possible game 17, inkjet print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Metallic, mounted on Alu Dibond, with fabric artist frame and synthetic resin handle, 20 x 25,2 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Hedda Roman: Rogue Planet

June 22 – September 28, 2024
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens and Centennial Square

The exhibition Rogue Planet, by Hedda Roman, explores the complexities of fictional biography, origin, and identity through AI technologies. Central to this exhibition is Oldboy, an avatar and Latent Space Traveller, whose poetic dialogues bridge digital realms with reality.

This exhibition explores themes of appropriation, conquest, and the friction between the Self and essentialism, and also questions notions of identity in the age of machine learning. Oldboy’s existence challenges more traditional concepts of origin and identity, reflecting the transformative impact of digital technologies and AI on our understanding of selfhood.

The exhibition invites visitors to reconsider identity in the context of digital narratives and essentialism, and prompts a reflection on how machine learning and digital technologies shape, distort, and reconstruct our perceptions of identity and reality. Designed to be an engaging, thought-provoking experience, the exhibition intertwines art, technology, and human experience and offers a unique perspective on the narratives that shape our world. Ultimately Rogue Planet encourages deeper contemplation on the influence of digitalization on identity as well as the authenticity of our personal and collective stories.

Hedda Roman is a Düsseldorf-based artist mesh composed of Hedda Schattanik and Roman Szczesny. Interweaving cinematographic elements with surreal animation, literature, drama, sculpture, photography, and drawing, they create, among others, immersive video installations as well as computer-generated images. In their artistic practice, Hedda Roman aims to expand the traditional boundaries of art-making while reflecting on the perceptions, preconceptions, and contradictions that characterize our existence in the world. As observers attempt to understand the underlying logic behind the opulence of each of their works, what remains is the intensity of each individual moment that challenges human identity. Solo exhibitions include Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf (2023, 2021), Salzburger Kunstverein, (2023), Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2021), Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf (2019), Julia Stoschek Collection, Studio 54, Düsseldorf (2019), Insel Hombroich, Neuss (2018), COMA Gallery, Sydney (2018).

Special thanks to Goethe Institut Toronto in supporting this exhibition.


Sunset Kino, design by Simon Walterer.

Sunset Kino

June 22, 2024 – July 11, 2024
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

Sunset Kino is Canada’s only outdoor, avant-garde film festival. Founded by Séamus Kealy in Austria in 2017, this festival continues now at Oakville Galleries. Introduced by the programmers and commencing at sunset, audiences experience a curated program of films and videos by Canadian and international artists.

This year’s theme, “Everything is a Lie,” complements the summer exhibition by Hedda Roman, entitled Rogue Planet. Sunset Kino explores narratives that inform our current world, encouraging deeper consideration of the influence of digitalization on identity and the authenticity of our personal and collective stories. The program thus ventures into themes of truth and fiction; reality and virtuality; distortion and essentialism; disinformation, propaganda and representation; as well as how art, film, ideas and politics all intersect in a rapidly changing world.

All films are screened outdoors in Gairloch Gardens. Please dress appropriately and bring seating and blankets. Picnics are welcome. We will have refreshments on site. With inclement weather, screenings will be indoors in the Studio, adjacent to the Gallery.

Program:

Saturday, June 22 | 8:30 pm
Films by Catherina Cramer, Daphne Fietz, Fynn Rybbeck, and Silke Schönfeld
Programmed by Hedda Roman

Thursday, June 27 | 8:30 pm
Films by Aideen Barry
Programmed by Séamus Kealy

Thursday, July 4 | 8:30 pm
Films by Rehab Nazzal, Ali Kazimi, Jayce Salloum, and Sanaz Sohrabi
Programmed by Faisal Anwar & Tazeen Qayyum

Thursday, July 11 | 8:30 pm
Films by Adrian Paci
Programmed by Séamus Kealy

Further program details at oakvillegalleries.com


About Oakville Galleries

A contemporary art museum housed in two gallery spaces and located 30 km west of Toronto, Oakville Galleries is one of Canada’s leading art museums, with a primary commitment to presenting the work of early and mid-career artists from across Canada and around the world.

Oakville Galleries operates with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario and the Corporation of the Town of Oakville, along with our many individual, corporate, and foundation partners.

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