You sit in a garden


You sit in a garden

Tanya Lukin Linklater, Laurie Kang, Lila De Magalhaes, Nona Inescu, Jenine Marsh
Curated By Chris Andrews


Dear visitor,

Welcome to our shrouded backyard, this garden filled with holes. It was aerated earlier; the earth turned inside out. Now it sits in small amulets across the lawn, left permeable.

You have to know that when this garden was conceived, I had been walking barefoot on a reflexology footpath in the early morning; a circular path with stones protruding from its concrete floor. After stripping off my shoes and socks, I carefully put one foot down after the other onto the stones. They pushed back like they were trying to tell me something – offered themselves as a gift to each bone that inhabits the foot.

I propose this space as a sensory garden; little pieces of the footpath evaporated and distilled; appealing to the senses, bringing touch to the fore, hoping to take up space in an embodied way. You sit in a garden considers issues of biopolitics and haptic relationships, and brings together the work of Tanya Lukin Linklater, Laurie Kang, Jenine Marsh, Lila de Magalhaes, and Nona Inescu. Each work proposes a new bodily form, movement, or way to touch, pushing for an expanded definition of what a body should be, while seeking to see this all become entangled with different understandings of life itself.

Each artwork here proposes a way to live, their own ontology, and I take notes from every one: Lila de Magalhaes’ porous painting invites us to remain open and vulnerable; Laurie Kang’s “Barre” is simultaneously structured and malleable, reminiscent of a fleshy spine; Nona Inescu and Tanya Lukin Linklater expose the multiplicity that hands hold and their seemingly infinite gestures, while Jenine Marsh provides a form of life-extension for decomposing life. These strategies suggest the body’s overwhelming capacity for potential, both for things that propose to harm (illness, infection, disability), and those that support (health care systems, healing touches, assistive technologies).

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Image: Jenine Marsh, Within or beyond my means (Detail), 2021, Flowers, synthetic rubber, wire, acrylic varnish, steel. Approx. 30 x 18 x 30″. Courtesy of the artist and Cooper Cole, Toronto

Thursday September 23, 2021
You sit in a garden
Opening Reception: 6 – 9 pm

Critical Distance is thrilled to announce that we will be having an opening reception for You sit in a garden, our Fall/Winter 2021 show, curated by Chris Andrews.

20 minute time slots will be allotted for visitors on a first come, first served basis. No bookings required for the opening!

Visitors are invited to gather outside of Artscape Youngplace where we will have individually packaged refreshments for your enjoyment while waiting for your time slot. Please note this reception will be held rain or shine, so do come prepared with an umbrella in case of rain.

We look forward to seeing you for this celebratory occasion!

With safety in mind, CDCC will be implementing a booking system for gallery visits after September 24th. Gallery visits are 45 minutes to accommodate a 15 minute cleaning period in between visits and can be booked by following this link:

Before entering the gallery you will be asked to fill out the Artscape Youngplace COVID screening and show us the approval screen.

Masks are required at all times inside Artscape Youngplace and the gallery. Please ensure that you maintain social distancing measures. Critical Distance will have an unscented sanitizer available for your use. Masks will also be available by donation if you forget to bring yours.

All staff has been fully vaccinated and will remain masked.

We have capacity for two visitors in the gallery at a time. Exceptions can be made for children who accompany a caregiver. However any children over 2 are required to wear a mask and wash or sanitize their hands.

Critical Distance is located at Artscape Youngplace, a wheelchair accessible building with a ramp at the 180 Shaw Street doors, and an accessible washroom on every level. Gendered multi-stall washrooms are also on every level, and single-stall gender-neutral washrooms are available on levels 2 and 3. All levels are accessible via both elevator and stairs. The TTC’s 63 Ossington bus stops at Queen and Shaw and is wheelchair accessible. Google Map.

All artworks in the exhibition will be captioned and have audio description where relevant. All events will have ASL interpretation. If you have any questions, please contact CDCC Education and Accessibility Programs Director Emily Cook at


Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) is a not-for-profit gallery, publisher, and professional network devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial inquiry in Toronto, Canada, and beyond. With a focus on critically-engaged, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary practices, underrepresented artists and art forms, and community outreach and education in art and exhibition-making, Critical Distance is an open platform for diverse curatorial perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on curating as a way to connect, engage, and inform people and publics across cultures, disciplines, geographies, and generations.

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