YYZ IS PLEASED TO PRESENT:
EXHIBITION BY | UNE EXPOSITION DE : SIMON M. BENEDICT, SONIA ROBERTSON
CURATOR | COMMISSAIRE : GUY SIOUI-DURAND
SEPTEMBER 07 – DECEMBER 12 | DU 7 SEPTEMBRE AU 12 DÉCEMBRE, 2018
OPENING | VERNISSAGE : SEPTEMBER 7, 6-8PM | 7 SEPTEMBRE 18H-20H, 2018
PROJECT INITIATED BY LE LABO, TORONTO’S FRANCOPHONE MEDIA ARTS CENTRE AND CO-PRESENTED BY YYZ ARTISTS’ OUTLET | CETTE EXPOSITION EST UNE
CO-PRÉSENTATION DU LABO, CENTRE DES ARTS MÉDIATIQUES FRANCOPHONE DE TORONTO ET LE CENTRE D’ARTISTES YYZ ARTISTS’ OUTLET.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH | EN PARTENARIAT AVEC : imagineNATIVE FILM + MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL & CHARLES STREET VIDEO
WITH THE SUPPORT OF | AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE :CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS | CONSEIL DES ARTS DU CANADA + THE ABORIGINAL CURATORIAL COLLECTIVE | LE COLLECTIFS DES COMMISSAIRES AUTOCHONES
TOOLKIT FOR TIME TRAVEL
SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE
(CHRISTINA BATTLE + SERENA LEE)
TUESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 01 DECEMBER, 2018
RECEPTION + PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOP | WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER, 2018, 6-9PM
SATURDAY 08 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 01 DECEMBER, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION | FRIDAY 07 SEPTEMBER, 6PM-8PM
The continual occupation of a territory is enriched by multiple memories. Such is the case with Toronto’. Composed of several strata of multiple spirit locations, the First Nations continue to dream and create art about it.
This sizeable area of the city, also known as the place “where trees stand in the water”, remains a site for portages and sharing that also encompasses the powerful ecosystems of the Wendats (Hurons), the Haudenosaunees, the Mississaugas, the Francophones, the Anglophones and all those people along with their descendants, that continue to flock here.
Provided that this includes Great Lake Ontario with its mirrored reflections in the city’s skyscrapers as much it does the thunderous spilling of fresh water from Niagara Falls and the vast networks of rivers that siphon themselves through the plains and to which are grafted many channels of subways, streetcars, bikeways and pedestrian paths.
Despite the prominence of cement and glass and of steel and electrification, the city site was once a vast expanse of land that was the dominion of the Three Sisters (corn, squash and beans) and of tobacco. Along with its trees and green spaces, this natural vitality is fundamental to Toronto’s being. Even still, a fragility remains as the natural spaces continue to be susceptible to the ravages of strong winds, to spontaneous actions like overflowing rivers and even more so, to the joint civic impact that moves through and surrounds this place.
These are the various elements that lend their force to the works created in trialogue between the Abenaki artist Simon M. Benedict, the PekuakamIlnuatsh artist Sonia Robertson and the Wendat curator Guy Sioui Durand. They have been invited by Barbara Gilbert and her team at Le Labo, the only Francophone artist run centre in the city, along with the participation of the YYZ Artists’ Outlet and will be part if the ImagineNATIVE Art Crawl that will take place throughout the 401 Richmond St. W. building.
Not solitary but in solidarity, not two parallel paths but the same path, we therefore present Toronto’. Trialogue, an Indigenous exhibition and artist residency.
L’occupation continue d’un territoire s’enrichit de mémoires plurielles. Tel est Toronto’. Investi de plusieurs strates aux esprits multiples du lieu, des autochtones continuent d’y rêver et de créer par l’art, aujourd’hui.
Ce vaste lieu, « là où poussent des arbres dans l’eau » demeure un sentier de portages et de partages au travers d’un puissant écosystème tant pour les Wendat (Hurons), les Haudenosaunee, les Mississaugas, les Francophones, les Anglophones, ceux qui continuent d’y affluer et leurs descendants. L’imaginaire cosmopolite actuel de cette vaste cité procède pourtant d’une même fluidité d’intranquillité.
Cela tient autant du grand lac Ontario’ que reflète le miroir de verre des gratte-ciels, qu’à la chute Niagara, tonnerre d’eau, lien furieux de déversement entre ces grandes mers d’eau douce, qu’aux réseaux de rivières qui sillonnent cette vaste plaine et auxquels se greffent wagons de métros et de tramways, sentiers de vélos et pédestres.
Malgré une dominance de béton et de verre, d’acier et d’électrification, l’endroit a jadis été une vaste étendue, domaine des trois sœurs (le maïs, la courge et leharicot) et du tabac. Telle est la vivace nature fondamentale de Toronto’, de ses arbres et espaces verts. Leur fragilité reste redevable aux vagues par grands vents, aux débordements ponctuels de ses ruisseaux mais plus encore de la conscience citoyenne commune qui y circulent.
Voilà des pistes d’éléments qui rendent puissantes les œuvres élaborées en trialogue entre l’artiste Abénaqui Simon M. Benedict, l’artiste PekuakamIlnuatsh Sonia Robertson et le commissaire Wendat Guy Sioui Durand. Ils ont été conviés par Barbara Gilbert et son équipe du seul centre d’artistes francophone dans la ville, Le Labo, en complicité avec le centre d’artistes YYZ Artists’ Outlet et l’événement de déambulation dans l’édifice du 401 Richmond mis de l’avant par ImagineNATIVE.
Ni solitaire mais solidaire, ni deux voies parallèles mais ensemble, voici donc Toronto’. Trialogue, la résidence d’artistes autochtones qui s’expose.
Based in Toronto, Simon M. Benedict is an artist working with video, sound, performance, and photo. He repurposes existing audiovisual material and archival documents to explore our relationship to various fictional and historical narrative forms, and their impact on our reading of unmediated reality.
Simon M. Benedict holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph (2016) and a BFA with major in photography from Concordia University, in Montreal (2011). His work has been exhibited in Canada, Europe, and the United States, including recently at VU (Quebec City, 2018), Dazibao (Montreal, 2018), NRW-Forum Düsseldorf (2018), Noble Space (Toronto, 2017), and Pushmi Pullyu (Toronto, 2017). He has participated in residencies at Le Labo, the National Film Board, Artscape Gibraltar Point, the Banff Centre, and Centre Skol. He has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.
Sonia Robertson is an Ilnu artist from Mashteuiatsh who, after completing at DEC in photography went on to complete a bachelors in interdisciplinary art from the Université du Québec in Chicoutimi. She has equally following a few complimentary studies in techniques such as Butoh, working with raw materials, dance perfomance, and poetry to name a few. She recently completed a Masters in Art Therapy from the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue .
Installation, performance art, dance, writing, storytelling and explorations of sound and image are central to her artistic practice. Her work has been exhibition in her community, across Quebec and Canada in addition to exhibitions in France, Haïti, Mexico and Japan.
Guy Sioui Durand is a Wendat (Huron) based in Wendake, Québec, Canada. He is a sociologist (Ph.D), art critic, independant curator, and performer (spoken words). He is specialised in contemporary Aboriginal art and contemporary art.
TOOLKIT FOR TIME TRAVEL
SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE is a living research project that began as an online writing collaboration where we channeled our shared interest in contemporary and historical science fiction — cinema and literature — as a critical and reflective lens for political currents. We are not alone in our interest of sci-fi (aesthetics, narratives, and tropes) as a critical mirror of contemporary society that speculates alternative environments, systems, relationships, and ideologies. As a research project, SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE exists to to invite and include more voices in our ongoing conversation, so as to render the mirror more plural and complex in its [imaginative/speculative] potential.
Beginning in 2017, SMA hosted two participatory workshops at YYZ as part of our collaborative exploration of science fiction narrative worldbuilding. On Time Travel in Spring 2017, invited Jasmin Winter and Rayna Slobodian into the gallery to share their recent research with an intimate group of participants. Jasmin Winter spoke about recent research by Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), guiding us through new VR works by artist Skawennati that describe several Indigenous perspectives on time travel. Rayna Slobodian presented her research that looks critically at the colonization of Mars and the ongoing Space Race. In Winter 2017, for our second workshop On Time Travelling, guest speakers Natasha Myers and Ayelen Liberona presented their collaborative anthropological research and movement-based art installation Becoming Sensor in Sentient Worlds, followed by a guided meditation, all of which asked us to think differently about ecologies and anthropo-centric hierarchies.
Toolkit for Time Travel presents this research in the form of a transmedia publication that sits at the intersections of ‘anthology,’ ‘recipe book’ and ‘tool-kit.’ Stemming from the ethos that publishing is to call an audience, to create a public, to decentre and disperse authorship amongst a community through discourse in various formats and platforms, the publication engages with a series of questions that imagine the tools needed for time travel as a fait accompli, as a process, as an aspiration.
On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE will host a Participatory Workshop from 6pm to 9pm as part of the Toolkit for Time Travel exhibition. Leading up to the workshop we welcome you to contribute glass jars that will be used for candle-making during the workshop.
Members of the public can leave clean, empty jars of varying sizes (suitable for a candle) at the Toolkit for Time Travel exhibition at YYZ Artists’ Outlet during gallery open hours.
SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE is a living research project taking the form of a series of participatory workshops exploring science fiction narrative worldbuilding. SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE is Christina Battle and Serena Lee. https://shatteredmoonalliance.
Originally from Edmonton (AB), Christina Battle is currently based in London (ON). She has exhibited internationally at festivals and galleries, most recently at: Trinity Square Video (Toronto), Nuit Blanche (Toronto), Deluge Contemporary (Victoria, BC), Untitled Art Society (Calgary, AB), Franklin Street Works (Stamford, CT), Galveston Artist Residency (Texas), Studio XX (Montréal), Le Centre des arts actuels Skol as part of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal (Montréal), Thames Art Gallery (Chatham, ON), Casa Maauad (Mexico City); and SOMArts (San Francisco).
Serena Lee’s practice stems from a fascination with polyphony and its radical potential. Based in Toronto, Serena practises and collaborates close to home and internationally. Recent projects have been presented at Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), The Research Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, the Images Festival, Forest City Gallery (London, ON), Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival, The Theatre Centre / FADO Performance (Toronto), and Mountain Standard Time (Calgary).
What if masculinity was soft, tender and vulnerable? What if our male reflection could be something inspirational and approachable as opposed to threatening and confined? What are the contemporary archetypes of masculinity and how can they be challenged in order to represent a different perspective?
These are just a few of the questions I hope to provoke among viewers. I want to suggest a moment of pause and positive reflection, among audience members. Each piece conveys a gentle beauty with a sense of stillness and calm, antithetical to historical perspectives of masculinity. The subjects in this body of work explore these ideas and embrace the notion of vulnerability.
Contemporary audiences are inundated by fleeting digital media. This complement of tangible, space-specific installation in partnership with wall works is intended to slow the process of looking outward. The works begin by exploring the prolificness of self-representation on platforms like Instagram. Through the creative process, an inversion occurs whereby the creative product demands a deceleration. Finally, the viewer reconsiders what it is to be masculine today.
Terran McNeely is a Toronto based artist working in painting and installation design. In 2011 McNeely graduated from OCADU with a Bachelor of Design. He has spent the last 8 years working with space through luxury retail window and store design. He is constantly challenged with engaging the viewer and speaking to them through visual presentation. His retail work has trained him to manifest concepts and ideas without succumbing to representational tropes. Harnessing these principles, McNeely applies them to the exhibition space; expanding his paintings into physical dimension, pulling colours and objects out of the panels and into the room in order to fully immerse the viewer into a soft and deliberate environment.
Special thanks to Artist Richard A. Posa for technical support with sculpture ‘Masculinity As Decor’ included in show.