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Events listing

Michael Landy: DEMONSTRATION

January 27-May 13, 2018

For his exhibition, Michael Landy invites the public to collaborate in building a ‘wall of protest’ by submitting images, words, texts and slogans that represent their thoughts and feelings—of hope or of despair, on matters small or large, from high to low and across the cultural spectrum—to be transformed by the artist into drawings.

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Kader Attia: The Field of Emotion

January 27-May 13, 2018

Kader Attia creates works that explore the notion of repair as both a physical and symbolic act. His first Canadian solo exhibition The Field of Emotion brings together recent and newly commissioned works that confront us with traumas of the past and their spectres in the present.

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Emeka Ogboh: The Song of the Germans

January 27-May 13, 2018

Emeka Ogboh frequently explores conditions of listening and sound as a medium of intervention and knowledge exchange. Titled The Song of the Germans, his installation at The Power Plant raises questions of national identity, citizenship and belonging and is a timely examination of issues felt increasingly all across the globe, including in Canada.

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Sunday Scene: Lee Maracle

February 25, 2018

Lee Maracle is a Sto:Loh nation scholar and author who was born in North Vancouver, BC. She has published over 20 works, currently is a Mentor for Aboriginal Students at University of Toronto, where she also is a teacher, and is the Traditional Cultural Director for the Indigenous Theatre School. Maracle will discuss Kader Attia’s exhibition The Field of Emotion.

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Power Kids: Painting the True North

February 25, 2018

Emeka Ogboh’s The Song of the Germans features ten different voices singing the German national anthem in 10 different African languages. After exploring the history of Canada’s national anthem, we will consider the images and symbols evoked by its lyrics, and translate them into personal, handmade booklets.

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Face to Face: An Evening with Ellen Gallagher

March 1, 2018

The Power Plant is pleased to welcome renowned international artist Ellen Gallagher to Face to Face for the 2018 edition of the gallery's annual fundraiser. The evening will begin with a panel presented by Sotheby's and featuring Gallagher alongside artist Brendan Fernandes, collector Bob Rennie and moderated by Eric Shiner, Sotheby's Senior Vice President of Contemporary Art. An intimate dinner follows, where guests will be treated to animated conversation between Canadian contemporary artists and cultural producers, who will provide their perspectives on Canada’s current cultural landscape.

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Sunday Scene: Public Studio

March 4, 2018

Public Studio is the collective art practice of filmmaker Elle Flanders and architect Tamira Sawatzky. Public Studio creates large-scale public art works, lens-based works, films and immersive installations. Grounded in the personal, social and political implications of landscape, Public Studio’s multidisciplinary practice engages themes of political dissent, war and militarization, and ecology and urbanization, through the activation of site. Flanders and Sawatzky will discuss Emeka Ogboh’s exhibition The Song of the Germans.

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Mindful Meditation Workshop

March 8, 2018

In his exhibition The Field of Emotion, Kader Attia references past trauma and the survivors’ efforts to recover and repair themselves. A popular method to approach this task is meditation and mindfulness so that the survivors can accept and move on after trauma. Cassidy Thedorf is a meditation and mindfulness teacher at Radiate Happy, practicing in the Toronto area. She will take the class through a guided meditation, discuss the benefits of meditation in trauma recovery and take questions about both mindfulness and meditation. Beginners are welcomed.

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Cartography 17

March 10-17, 2018

During March Break, The Power Plant will co-present Cartography 17, a project by Art Starts, which envisions a collaborative, arts based representation of Toronto’s geography over 150 years ago and today.

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Power Kids: Extra, Extra... Read All About It!

March 11, 2018

Many of the images and texts in Michael Landy’s exhibition, DEMONSTRATION, were submitted by citizens who found them in news articles based on current events in Toronto, across Canada and around the world. Every participant in this workshop gets to create one (or more!) headline, article and illustration to be submitted to a collective newspaper illustrating the current events in our everyday lives.

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Sunday Scene: Kamal Al-Solaylee

March 18, 2018

Kamal Al-Solaylee is the author of the national bestselling memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, which won the 2013 Toronto Book Award. His second book, Brown, was a finalist for the Governor General Literary Awards in Nonfiction and won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Al-Solaylee is also an associate professor of journalism at Ryerson University, and will discuss Michael Landy’s exhibition DEMONSTRATION.

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Power Kids: Memory Tricks

March 25, 2018

Mirrors are an important visual element in Kader Attia’s artworks, especially in the the film Reflecting Memory. Reflections are used to create optical illusions which fool our eyes at first, later giving way to new stories. Inspired by Attia’s interest in mirrors and memory, we will construct dioramas illustrating personal memories using mirrors in place of missing elements to create fluid narratives.

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