The Breadth of Distance considers how elsewheres live in our bodies. Spanning vast distances, we carry people and places with us. Elsewheres are present with us: in familiar scents and flavours, in partial recollections, in the weight of the past. Bringing together photography, video, installation, and sculpture, these artworks shift across geographies, cultural perspectives, and time. They consider grief, longing, care, and resilience from many angles. How do our relationships to place shape who we are and how we move in the present?
a map for this place, curated by Maddie Alexander and Safia Siad across both our North Space and L Space galleries, addresses being different and learning differently within an institution. From many angles, the artists work through mentorship and storytelling, learning or teaching through our bodies, and how to imagine different spaces and structures. Works include a virtual reality video about school, textile works engaging black history and hair, wax bean plants growing out of textbooks full of history badly in need of revising, queer memes, a video piece of dancers unlearning what they have been taught in institutions, an interactive composition sonifying chronic pain and the physio used to work through it, and more.
Channel 51: Igloolik is an exhibition of Inuit video art by Isuma and Arnait Video Productions, telling stories and challenging stereotypes about ways of life in the northern provinces of Canada. The exhibit celebrates 30 years of industry-changing video production coming out of Igloolik, a remote community of 1,600 people in Nunavut. A range of topics are covered in the films including but not limited to colonization, climate change, food sovereignty, and resurgence.