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Zone C features two curated exhibitions located in the Liberty Village area. Curator Haema Sivanesan’s exhibition of seven provocative installations is a dark and unsettling exploration of cultural diversity in art that generates a cross-cultural dialogue. Dave Dyment’s exhibition of eight installations delve into concepts of hope and expectation with works that can connect with large audiences.

Haema Sivanesan, Curator.

Photo by Robyn Cumming

Amidst the towering brick chimneys and cavernous factories of Liberty Village: a mountain of metal; a barricade of barrels; lights pulsing SOS. Road blocks, camouflage and motorcades, characterize a state of political anxiety, where daily life is hijacked by the imperatives of political protocol; by the relentless and banal liturgies of media propaganda; by the spectacle of death through state-sanctioned violence.

Drawing on black humour, irony and grotesque beauty, artists explore the furtive and fugitive machinations of societies at cross-roads. From the unhomely perspective of the transnational subject, these artists contend with a contemporary dystopia.

Sivanesan recently relocated from Sydney, Australia to Toronto, where she is currently the Executive Director of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre). Her curatorial work has focused on art from South and Southeast Asia, with an interest in relationships between contemporary and historical art forms. Haema's curatorial work is enriched by her various experiences of living, working and traveling in Asia. Haema was formerly the Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia, and she was the curator of a critically acclaimed exhibition of contemporary art from South Asia for the Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival, Melbourne, 2006. She is currently working on a range of programs and new initiatives for SAVAC.

[Zone C] - Location Map

Commissioned Projects [p] = photography - [v]= video
Shilpa Gupta (Mumbai, India) UNTITLED [p] [v]
Brendan Fernandes (Toronto, Ontario) Future (· · · - - - · · ·) Perfect [p] [v]
Ruark Lewis (Sydney, Australia) EUPHEMISMS FOR THE INTIMATE ENEMY [p] [v]
Hamra Abbas (Islamabad, Pakistan) BUFFALOS IN COMBAT [p] [v]
Bani Abidi, (Karachi, Pakistan) RESERVED [p] [v]

Open Call Projects
Ulysses Castellanos, Faisal Anwar (Toronto, Ontario) XIBALBA [p] [v]
Noni Kaur (Toronto, Ontario) SNIFF, LICK, PINCH, NIBBLE, SWALLOW….., [p] [v]

Dave Dyment, Curator.

Photo by Robyn Cumming

Curatorial Statement / BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT
Beginning to See The Light takes its title from a 1969 Velvet Underground song. In addition to the clear connotation of daybreak, the phrase implies anticipation, hope, expectation, enlightenment and a gradual epiphany. The works in the show embody these ideas, employing a variety of strategies such as play, protest, agitation and resistance.

The artists - hailing from Toronto, Montreal, New York City, Philadelphia and Sweden - present performative projects, video, sound, light works, installation and participatory events that point towards the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.

Dave Dyment is an artist, writer and curator, living and working in Toronto. He was the Director of Programming at Mercer Union from 2004 to 2008, where his exhibitions included Infinity Etc and Seducing Down the Door. Prior to that, he spent five years at Art Metropole where he presented small retrospectives of artists such as Yoko Ono, Allen Ruppersberg, Candyass, Dick Higgins, and Jenny Holzer. He has also presented curatorial projects at the Harbourfront Centre, YYZ Artists Outlet and 15+ in Calgary. His writings have appeared in C Magazine, Mix Magazine, Lola and a number of exhibition catalogues. His own artwork mines sound and pop culture for shared associations and alternate meanings, and has been shown across the country.

Commissioned Projects [p] = photography - [v]= video
Michel de Broin (Montréal, Québec) Overflow [p] [v]
Matt Suib (Philadelphia, USA) Purified by Fire [p] [v]
Yoko Ono (New York, USA) Imagine Peace [p] [v]
Jon Sasaki (Toronto, Ontario) I Promise It Will Always Be This Way [p] [v]
Jacob Dahlgren (Farsta, Sweden) I, the world, things, life,

Open Call Projects
The Custodians of Destruction (Toronto, Ontario) SMASH! Droppin' Stuff [p] [v]
Mahan Javadi, Bruno Billio (Toronto, Ontario) Urban Voice Oscillator [p] [v]
Brian Joseph Davis (Toronto, Ontario) Original Soundtrack [p] [v]

Independent Projects
Danny Shaddick, Rodrigo Marti DANDYBERRY
Andrew Harwood Madame Zsa Zsa The Underwater Oracle
Art Into Life/ Kino Art Festival Steam Up In the Steam Banya
Art of Fashion Between the Lines
DK Photo Group Silent Witness
Eyes on Toronto Eyes on Toronto Marathon Talk Show
Gallery 1313 Herd Collective & Nuit Metal
Gladstone Hotel Nuit Gladstone III
Homes First Society/Leah Houston We Are Here: The Monument Project
Koffler Gallery of the Koffler Centre of the Arts in partnership with InterAccess
High Holiday Office Hours with the Almighty Creator of the Universe
Lausberg Contemporary Glow Worms
New Adventures in Sound Art Sign Me A Space
Playdead Cult Play Day of the Dead
Rhino Bar & Grill Rhino Independent Animation Festival
Swizzle Studio Fake ID
The Drake Hotel You Will Change Everything [p]
the knit cafe Knit City
The TANOMS Collective Organiclicious!!!
The Thistle Project Bridging the Gap
Thrush Holmes Empire Every Million Golden Universe
Toronto Arts Council Foundation A 35 Step Program
Workman Arts / Trinity Square Video ON THE HOUR

INDEXG / LEE Ka-sing gallery recent picture by henrik drescher (INDEXG)
and "lan wei lou" by anothermountainman (LKS)

Julia Abraham at Gallery 1313 Entropy
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art Dyed Roots: the new emergence of culture
Pixel - Immersive Art Gallery The Artillerist
Reiss Gallery The Endless Day in to Night
Ryerson University at Camera Bar LIGHT UP THE NIGHT: Film and Art Installations
The Cryptic Canvas Vandal?

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