Public Volumes

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Joi T. Arcand
Cathy Busby
soJin Chun
Stephanie Comilang
Sheena Hoszko
Germaine Koh
HaeAhn Paul Kwon Kajander
Morris Lum
Dawit L. Petros
jes sachse
Kara Springer
Amanda White

Curated by: Noa Bronstein

Public Volumes brings together exhibitions, public programming and writing that centre around broad interpretations of spatial justice. These many projects focus in or out from a particular location or series of locations, fostering deeper insight into why space matters. From thinking through ideas around memory and ways of living to community mobilization and immigration, Public Volumes espouses the multiple meanings folded into the spaces of everyday life and those of unexpected circumstance. This program looks to the tangled means by which we defend the spaces that offer support and the efforts we take to transform those that fail.

Spatial justice is a theory that acknowledges the connection between space and justice as integral to understanding how we arrive at our relationships. Spatial justice recognizes that how space is organized reflects social realities and injustices that profoundly impact on our lived experiences. Whereas spatial justice tends to be framed in terms of urban planning, Public Volumes suggests that bringing together ideas connected to space and justice is more meaningfully realized across wider frameworks. In reframing spatial justice more openly, the artists within this exhibition and programming series make visible how space is felt, used, lived-in and challenged. These spatial insights shift focus towards the many communities that emerge in, around and by way of space. What becomes clear through these viewpoints is that space is co-created. Through the process of considering new entry points we might be able to reconcile ideal and real uses of public and institutional spaces and to co-create something entirely new.

As part of Public Volumes guest curator Anu Radha Verma will be presenting a series of programs that respond to spatial justice from a local perspective. This robust and expansive project considers the following questions: How do space, place and justice make themselves known or felt, in the suburban landscape? What kinds of community formations are possible with the backdrop of box stores, condos, green space, waterfront, high-density housing, wide roads, sprawl…? What do ‘we’ need to (un)learn about the politics of difference in a place touted for its ‘diversity’?

This project takes place at the SAIB, Bradley Museum and Great Hall at Mississauga Civic Centre.

To learn more about how to submit a proposal for this program series please click here.

Image credit: Joi T. Arcand, Amber Motors – Here On Future Earth, 2009