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re: placement, can we find a way?

May 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


CONSENT IS, Aidan Cowling, Marina Fathalla, Thompson Nguyen, Aislinn Thomas, Khanh Tudo, QTBIPOC sauga, Alize Zorlutuna

Curated by Anu Radha Verma

“I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.”
– Jorge Luis Borges 

Mississauga is a place of complexities: pasts that scream to be recognized or remembered; futures that seem contrary to the constant push of “development” marked by towers, malls and claims of diversity; and presents/presence of demands that can be traced along the fractured lines of roads, boundaries and barriers. These complexities run parallel to the simple almost-comic depictions of what the suburbs are: bedroom communities, conservative bastions where nothing interesting or political happens, wannabe places decades “behind” their big city siblings.

How do space, place and “justice” make themselves known, or felt in this suburban landscape?

re: placement, can we find a way? is a set of public programs intended to confront (some of) the complexities of Mississauga. Curated by Anu Radha Verma, re: placement, can we find a way? features artists across disciplines, who each offer up a meditation on these suburbs by interrogating place, space, access, meaning, community and connection.

1:00pm – Anonymous Aesthetics with Aidan Cowling

Our daily contact with digital technologies have shaped our contemporary experience and understanding of sexuality, intimacy and power.  In 2016 a police operation targeting men who have sex with men in Marie Curtis Park used elaborate tactics to locate and entrap them.  Anonymous Aesthetics looks at how the popular queer cruising app Grindr has become weaponized as a tool for surveillance, and negotiating these devices within this climate.

2:30pm – Leaving the table: How to draw an imagined place with Alize Zorlutuna

Gesturing towards ways of gathering and being with others that are underscored by a sense of mutual responsibility and care, this work asks participants to collectively imagine a space other than the table around which we might gather. A space that exists within the boundaries, and in relationship to the violent histories of this place. That acknowledges the ongoing legacies of these histories, alongside the reality that this place has also been a refuge for many. Leaving the table asks us to contend with how we came to be here on this land, and what our responsibilities are in being here together.

Please join the artist in outlining the territory of Treaty 13: The Toronto Purchase using a combination of earth-based materials.

Participants are invited to bring a spice or other such material they feel particular attachment to for use in the collective drawing.

This will be followed by tea, cake, and conversation.


Schedule of related events:

April 26, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Small Arms Inspection Building

6:30pm: Launch of public programming, as well as curator chai and chat
7:00pm: We Can Find a Way: QTBIPOC performances (feat. Manghoe Lassi, Tifa Wine, Saadia Khan, Ro, and Sharan Dhaliwal), in collaboration with QTBIPOC sauga

May 11, 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Sheridan Branch Library, Meeting Room

Counter-narrative to the dissolution of Sheridan Centre with Marina Fathalla

May 18, 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Dixie Outlet Mall

Fast and Slow Walkers of Dixie Mall with Aislinn Thomas

May 23, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Mississauga Central Library, Classroom 2 

Retracing Queer Suburbia with Thompson Nguyen
This event is for queer and trans, Black, Indigenous and people of colour to attend

June 1, 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Small Arms Inspection Building

We Can Find a Way: QTBIPOC artists (feat. screening of HARD TO LOVE by Chloe Kirlew and Tiana Smith), in collaboration with QTBIPOC sauga

July 8 to 10
Location forthcoming

Public education and artist talk with CONSENT IS

July 27, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Small Arms Inspection Building

Gentle Durian and artist talk with Khanh Tudo

All programs are FREE of charge.

re: placement, can we find a way? is part of Public Volumes, a multi-sited project that brings together exhibitions, public programming and writing that centre around broad interpretations of spatial justice. Public Volumes is curated by Noa Bronstein.

Image caption: Alize Zorlutuna


May 4, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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