re: placement, can we find a way?

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

re: placement, can we find a way?

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.

Schedule of 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 4, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Small Arms Inspection Building
1:00pm: Anonymous Aesthetics with Aidan Cowling
2:30pm: Leaving the table: How to draw an imagined place with Alize Zorlutuna

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.

Image caption: Anu Radha Verma, ache + wait for transit, 2015.

Public Volumes

Exhibition from April 6 to May 5

Exhibition continues at Bradley Museum and Mississauga City Hall

Artists:
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
LeuWebb
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.

Taking place over three sites within Mississauga and featuring collaborations with Koffler.Digital and independent curator Anu Radha Verma, Public Volumes features existing and newly commissioned work from artists working across a range of media.

We are pleased to announce that as part of Public Volumes we will be presenting new and site-specific work at Bradley Museum by soJin Chun and LeuWebb Projects.

FREE Contemporary Art Bus Tour: April 6, 2019 – 11:45am to 4:45pm
Pick-up and drop-off at Kipling Station
Features visits at Humber Galleries, Art Gallery of Mississauga, and SAIB

Public Volumes Bus Tour: April 13, 2019 – 12:30pm to 4:30pm 
Pick-up and drop-off at the Gladstone Hotel
Features tours of SAIB, Bradley Museum and City Hall with artists HaeAhn Paul Kwon Kajander, Amanda White, soJin Chun and LeuWebb Projects.