Toronto Biennial of Art: Opening Weekend Highlights

LAIR. Photo credit: Prabowo Setyadi and Almanoka Alessandro

The second iteration of the Toronto Biennial of Art – What Water Knows, The Land Remembers – launches this Saturday!

For 72 days, experience free art and events at our nine exhibition and programming sites, including some must-see events happening as part of our opening weekend. For a complete run-down of exhibiting artists, programming, locations, and times, please visit our website.


Opening Week Events

Terrakota Route
Participant(s): Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF) with LAIR clay music ensemble: Andzar Agung Fauzan, Pipin Muhammad Kaspin, Tedi Nurmanto, Kiki Rasmadi Permana, Tamyiz Noor Ramadhan, and Ika Yuliana

Sat, March 26 | 11am
Small Arms Inspection Building
In Person | Performance

Terrakota Route is a part of The Shape of Sound, a curatorial project organized by Sebastian De Line as a part of the Curatorial Fellowship program, made possible by the generous support of TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment and in partnership with the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Gardiner Museum.

2001-2011, kwe’é díí shighan ńt’ęę́ ́, i wonder what this Key opens now?
Participant: Eric-Paul Riege

Sun, March 27 | 10am–6pm
Small Arms Inspection Building
In Person | Durational Performance

Being Future Beings
Participant: Emily Johnson

Sun, March 27 | 4pm
Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA)
In Person | Performance

This program is co-presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA) and the Toronto Biennial of Art. I AM YOUR RELATIVE (2022) is co-commissioned by MOCA and the Toronto Biennial of Art.

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


Exhibition Artists by Site

5 Lower Jarvis
Brian Jungen | Susan Schuppli | Ts̱ēmā Igharas and Erin Siddall

72 Perth Avenue
Aki Onda | Andrea Carlson | Anne Zanele Mutema | Ghazaleh Avarzamani | Jeffrey Gibson | Joar Nango | Nadia Belerique | Paul Pfeiffer | Shezad Dawood | Tanya Lukin Linklater

Arsenal Contemporary Art
Abel Rodríguez | Amy Malbeuf | Aycoobo (Wilson Rodríguez) | Buhlebezwe Siwani | Jumana Manna | Mata Aho Collective | Waqas Khan

Colborne Lodge
Eduardo Navarro | Marguerite Humeau

Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto History Museums
Ange Loft

Mercer Union
Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA)
Jeffrey Gibson

Small Arms Inspection Building
Augustus Serapinas | Camille Turner | Dana Prieto | Denyse Thomasos | Derya Akay | Eric-Paul Riege | Jatiwangi art Factory | Jeffrey Gibson | Syrus Marcus Ware | Timothy Yanick Hunter

Textile Museum of Canada
Double Vision: Janet Kigusiuq | Jessie Oonark | Victoria Mamnguqsualuk


Pre-Order the Upcoming TBA Publication: Water, Kinship, Belief
Edited by Tairone Bastien, Candice Hopkins, and Katie Lawson
Co-published by the Toronto Biennial of Art and Art Metropole
Publication date: April 2022. Available for pre-order HERE.

In relation to the 2019 and 2022 Biennial exhibitions, this publication is a place where the continuities, resonances, and dissonances between editions are made evident. Water, Kinship, Belief is a means to bring the artists, artworks, collaborators, and ideas that have informed the exhibitions together, irrespective of chronology and part of a greater whole. Through its content and unique design, this publication is both a generative guide to the exhibitions and a Biennial site of its own that creates new artistic relations through text and images that course through the book like tributaries.

Download Your FREE TBA Pass Today
Immerse yourself in 72 days of art starting March 26. The FREE TBA Pass will help you seamlessly gain entry to our different sites, from 5 Lower Jarvis Street in the East to the Small Arms Inspection Building in Mississauga to the West. Explore over 65+ local, national, and international artists across 9 exhibition sites, using our single-download, multi-use pass.

With your download, you will not only gain access to view 100+ contemporary artworks, you will also be able to enjoy special perks and discounts from our partners. Learn more HERE.

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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