Toronto Biennial of Art Opening Week Highlights and Upcoming Programs

Camille Turner, Nave, 2022. 3-channel video installation and soundscape. On view at Small Arms Inspection Building as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art (2022). Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid. Commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art.

Opening Week Highlights

The 2022 Biennial opened March 26 with inspiring performances by Biennial participants. Couldn’t make it in person? Catch up on what you missed with the links below!

Jatiwangi art Factory – Terakotta Route at Small Arms Inspection Building: As part of the launch of the 2022 Biennial, members of Indonesian artist collective Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF) came together for a mobile multimedia performance featuring original sound pieces and live activations at the Small Arms Inspection Building.

Eric-Paul Riege – 2001-2011, kwe’é díí shighan ńt’ę́ę́, i wonder what this Key opens now? – A durational performance by the artist, responding to his immersive, mixed-media installation, a home for Her, commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art, on view at the Small Arms Inspection Building.

Congratulations are in order! Camille Turner is the recipient of the 2022 Artist Prize, recognizing an artist’s outstanding contribution to the Biennial, and Aycoobo / Wilson Rodríguez is the recipient of the 2022 Emerging Artist Prize acknowledging a promising, early-career Biennial artist. Each prize includes a $10,000 (CAD) award. Awardees participating in the 2022 Biennial were selected by a distinguished jury that included: Michelle Jacques, Chief Curator, Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Dr. Julie Nagam, Artistic Director of Nuit Blanche 2020 and 2022, Toronto, Ontario; and Canadian artist Lisa Steele, an innovator in video art, educator, curator, and co-founder of Vtape in Toronto, Ontario. For more information click here.

The 2022 Biennial Artist Prizes were generously supported by the Hal Jackman Foundation, Eleanor and Francis Shen, the DH Gales Family Foundation, David and Dawn Beswick, Jay Smith and Laura Rapp, and the J.P. Bickell Foundation.

Join Us for Storytelling

Storytelling sessions combine modes of conventional interpretation with artist-led, narrative and embodied responses. Storytellers offer weekly guided sessions, informal conversations, and spot tours to intergenerational audiences at TBA’s main sites. Sharing personal insights and experiences of the city as well as offering perspectives on the artworks within the exhibitions, they guide visitors through the research and artist practises that form What Water Knows, The Land Remembers.

Learn more about Storytelling and our Storytellers – lwrds duniam, Nicole Markland, Emily DiCarlo, Melissa (Melly) Davidson, and Jeffrey Canton – here.

72 Perth Ave
Fridays | 11am–12pm, 2–3pm, and 6:30–7:30pm
Saturdays/Sundays | 11am–12pm and 4–5pm

Small Arms Inspection Building
Fridays | 11am–12pm, 2–3pm, and 4–5pm
Saturdays/Sundays | 11am–12pm and 4–5pm

Arsenal Contemporary Art Toronto
Fridays | 11am–12pm
Saturdays | 11am–12pm and 2–3pm

5 Lower Jarvis
Sundays | 11am–12pm and 2–3pm

Left to right: Andrea Carlson, Cast a Shadow, 2021 and Never-Ending Monument, 2022; Jeffrey Gibson, SPEAK TO ME IN YOUR WAY SO I CAN HEAR YOU, 2015; Nadia Belerique, HOLDINGS, 2020–present. On view at 72 Perth Ave as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art (2022). Photo: Rebecca Tisdelle-Macias. Courtesy Toronto Biennial of Art.

Upcoming Programming

Repeating With A Difference: Tracing as a Counter-Archival Practice
Participant: Francisco-Fernando Granados

Fri, April 8 | 4:30–7:30pm
72 Perth Ave
In Person | Workshop
Registration is required

Babaylans and Encandadores: A Conversation with Paul Pfeiffer, Simon Speiser, and Stephanie Comilang
Participants: Paul Pfeiffer, Simon Speiser, and Stephanie Comilang

Fri, April 8 | 11am–12pm
Online | Talk
Registration is required

This program is co-created and co-presented with Gallery TPW

For a complete list of programs occurring throughout the 10-week Biennial, visit our Events Calendar.


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About TBA
The Toronto Biennial of Art is Canada’s leading visual arts event focused exclusively on contemporary art from around the world. For 10 weeks every two years, local, national, and international Biennial artists transform Toronto and its partner regions with free exhibitions, performances, and learning opportunities. Grounded in diverse local contexts, the Biennial’s city-wide programming aims to inspire individuals, engage communities, and contribute to global conversations.

This event has been financially assisted by the City of Toronto, the Government of Ontario, and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

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