AGB Spring Exhibitions 2021
Art Gallery of Burlington
1333 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington, ON L7S 1A9, Canada
This season marks the first Canadian exhibition of Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri. AGB presents Al Qadiri’s Diver, an immersive video installation which is part of her ongoing search for historical ties between the pre- and post-oil worlds in the Gulf. This exhibition runs in the Lee-Chin Family Gallery until June 13, 2021.
In February, Monira Al Qadiri and curator Amin Alsaden discussed Al Qadiri’s 2018 video 'Diver' and their common interests in the global impact of extractive capitalism, from rapid modernization and armed conflict, to the engagement with and representations of oil-producing countries in the Arab world. A transcript of this conversation has been published by Ocula Magazine and can be read on the AGB website here.
Curated by Hitoko Okada, 'In Visible' runs in the Perry Gallery until June 27, 2021. The exhibition pairs the work of Toronto-based artists, Marina Dempster and Meera Sethi to honour and celebrate connections between personal healing and political transformation through self-fashioning. Donning an article imbued with powerful energy or styling an expression of who we are, can be ways of connecting to our personal and collective histories, signals of reclamation, and acts of social resistance. In these ways, objects that we wear can have powerful transformative qualities within ourselves, what we may believe about belonging, and act as visual interruptions to dominant culture in public spaces.
'Peeling the Sticker Off an Overripe Pear', runs in the Lakeshore Gallery until June 13, 2021. St. John’s-based artist Larry Weyand explores family and memory through yarn and cloth, transforming moments in time into a series of two- and three-dimensional rugs. Bright, colorful, and humorous mats softly and safely start conversations about mental health, intergenerational dysphoria, trauma and the act of making as a coping mechanism, and occupy the space where narrative, psychological resilience, mat-making and food intersect. Curated by Tara Bursey, the exhibition is the basis of a rug hooking workshop series, part of the new AGB Digital program, presented in partnership with Reach Out Centre for Youth (ROCK) and the Positive Space Network (PSN). Work from the sessions will be mounted in the exhibition during April and May.