Winter 2024 Exhibitions at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

KWAG is thrilled to announce a dynamic group of exhibitions for our Winter Cycle, featuring artists from our own backyard and from across the country.

Erratic Behaviour

On view January 27 – April 21, 2024

Catherine Telford Keogh, Diane Borsato, Kelly Jazvac, Laura Moore, Meghan Price, Robert Hengeveld, Tahir Carl Karmali, Ts̱ēmā Igharas

Curated by Katie Lawson

Erratic Behaviour brings together artists that embrace a more fluid boundary between the human and non-human with geologic entities positioned as significant relations within an entangled web of matter and beings. While some artworks playfully evoke the animacy of boulders and rocks, others point to a world that is increasingly shaped by the climate crisis and faced with dwindling resources. The dual meaning of the exhibition’s title suggests that humans themselves are exhibiting the most ‘erratic behaviour’ of all—the industrial extraction, processing, consumption and disposal of natural resources has produced turbulent and unstable conditions.

Bangishimo: The Medicines We Carry

On view February 10 – May 12, 2024

Curated by Darryn Doull with Fitsum Areguy and Shalaka Jadhav

Portraits have long been used to reinforce dominant narratives, a practice deeply rooted in colonial legacies. Challenging portrait photography as merely a method to catalogue, study and lay claim to peoples and nature, Bangishimo—Kitchener’s first Indigenous Artist-in-Residence—reframes their relationship to the medium. Across these intimate portraits of community members, Bangishimo weaves in connections to seven medicines: birchbark, cedar, sage, strawberries, sweetgrass, sunflowers, and tobacco. In using these medicines, Bangishimo explores ancestral connections to land and the need to reclaim time honoured teachings within a futurist vision. With the creative support from local artist Brittney Baldwin, Bangishimo and Baldwin were able to create a number of pieces centering the seven medicines, to be adorned by the subjects in this series. The Medicines We Carry disrupts colonial lineages, inscribing Black and Indigenous futurities into public memory, and emphasizing relationships to the land.

Community Curator #15

On view March 1 – June 30, 2024

Curated by Bangishimo

This iteration of the beloved Community Curator series will be curated by Bangishimo, and will overlap with their solo exhibition The Medicines We Carry. In their approach to organizing this exhibition, Bangishimo is interested in building on the momentum of their lived experience. Drawing upon their intimate consideration of contemporary and historical traditions of portraiture, unique bodies and complex identities will be set in relation, as they appear (or disappear) throughout the KWAG Permanent Collection.

Selected Programming

Curatorial Tour with Katie Lawson
Thursday, February 1, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Opening Celebration
Friday, February 9
6:00 – 7:00 pm (Members – guided tour at 6:30 pm)
7:00 – 10:00 pm (Open to all)

Artist Talk with Bangishimo
Thursday, February 22, 7:00 pm

Multi-Lens Existence with Dr. Jenelle Rouse
Thursday, February 29, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Artist Talk with Laura Moore
Sunday, March 17, 2:00 pm

Curatorial Talk and Tour with Bangishimo
Sunday, March 24, 2:00 pm

Reciprocal Landscapes with Jane Mah Hutton
Thursday, April 4, 7:00 pm

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As Waterloo Region’s leading public art gallery, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (KWAG) connects people and ideas through art. Its nationally acclaimed exhibitions and programs welcome all to be inspired and challenged through a deepened understanding of ourselves, our cultures and our communities. For the benefit of current and future generations, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery collects, preserves, researches, interprets and exhibits the visual arts. It offers dynamic public programs that inspire creativity and an appreciation of the visual arts in the Region and beyond. Established in 1956 and incorporated in 1968, KWAG is a non-profit organization open to the public and administered in the public trust.
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