The Power Plant: Opening Party of Summer 2022 Exhibitions

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 8–11 PM
Free entry | Live music | Cash bar

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Paulo Nazareth, CA – WATERMELON FORD 100_ 1959, 2018. Photo printing on cotton paper, 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. Courtesy the artist and Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brussels, New York.

You are invited to opening reception of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery’s Summer 2022 exhibitions! On view from May 20, The Power Plant presents solo exhibitions by Paulo Nazareth and Hiwa K; BREATHLESS, a group exhibition within an outdoor pavilion; and a series of public artworks by Paulo Nazareth and Sandra Brewster on Toronto’s waterfront.

With exhibitions that encompass sculpture, installation, video, photography, sound, and performance, The Power Plant seeks to engage visitors this season in conversations on global displacement, the environment, and structural inequalities.

Paulo Nazareth and Hiwa K both stage collaborative, multidisciplinary projects that examine the colonial construction of the “Other.” Paulo Nazareth travels on foot throughout the Americas and the African continent, cultivating relationships with the people he encounters, while Hiwa K traces the powerful connections between migration, geopolitics, and armed conflict through the lens of his own migratory path.

Urgent contemporary issues are further explored in BREATHLESS, with an ecosystem of artworks and temporary architecture concerning today’s air crises. By contrast, Sandra Brewster’s first public sculpture offers an antidote in the form of a place to rest, reflect, and unburden oneself. Find out more about the exhibitions here:

Hiwa K, My Father’s Colour Periods, 2014. Multi-channel video installation, 16 vintage TV sets and cellophane sheets. Courtesy the artist; Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai; and Frédéric de Goldschmidt Collection, Brussels. Photo: Daniella Baptista.

Paulo Nazareth: STROKE
Curator: Carolin Köchling, Nuyten Dime Curator-at-Large
Assistant Curator: Jacqueline Kok, Nancy McCain & Bill Morneau Curatorial Fellow, 2021–23
STROKE, Nazareth’s first solo exhibition in Canada, presents a selection of long-term projects and a new body of work. The works highlight Nazareth’s reflections on the lasting effects of the colonial construction of the “Other,” stemming from slavery and rooting itself in structural racism, capitalist systems, and migration politics today.

Hiwa K: Do you remember what you are burning?
Curator: Noor Alé, Associate Curator
Do you remember what you are burning? is a survey exhibition that gathers installations, sculptures, photographs, and films that relate to themes of belonging and displacement by Iraqi Kurdish artist Hiwa K. Rooted in his life story, the works reflect on his experiences of exile and asylum during the Gulf War (1990–91), the disorientating conditions of being uprooted from his country, and his political participation in Iraq’s pro-democracy uprisings of the Arab Spring (2010–13).

Marguerite Humeau, Waste I – 1 (a respiratory tract mutating into industrial waste), 2019. Courtesy the artist and CLEARING, New York, Brussels. Photo: Eden Krsmanovic.

A project conceived by Ala Roushan
BREATHLESS arises from today’s urgent air crises and concerns for our shared atmospheres—including the current global pandemic, racial injustice (“I can’t breathe”), forest fires, and carbon emissions—all of which create a sense of uncertainty about our futures. A conceptual ecosystem, BREATHLESS manifests as a specially designed public pavilion with integrated artworks that address the vulnerabilities of the breath.

Sandra Brewster: By Way of Communion
Curator: Joséphine Denis, TD Curator of Education & Outreach Fellow, 2021–23
Facing Lake Ontario, A Place to Put Your Things is Toronto-based artist Sandra Brewster’s first public sculpture. A swing set with a seat in the form of two figures donning afros in an embrace, the piece invites participants to “a place to rest and be at peace, to unburden oneself, and simply sway at one’s own pace and rhythm,” according to Brewster.

Sandra Brewster, A Place To Put Your Things, 2022. Courtesy the artist.

About The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. It is a vital forum for the advanced artistic culture of our time and offers an exceptional facility and professional support to diverse living artists, while also engaging equally diverse audiences. The Power Plant pursues its activities through exhibitions, publications, and public programming that incorporate other areas of culture when they intersect with visual art. For more information, please visit

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The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
231 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8

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