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Events listing

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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Sunday Scene: Gerald McMaster

April 1, 2018

Gerald McMaster has over 30 years international work and expertise in contemporary art, critical theory, museology and Indigenous aesthetics. He has extensive experience as an artist and curator in art and ethnology museums researching and collecting art, and his early interests concerned the ways in which culturally sensitive objects were displayed in ethnology museums. McMaster will discuss Kader Attia’s exhibition The Field of Emotion.

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Writing Workshop: Mending the Past

April 7, 2018

Mending the Past is a hands-on writing workshop that invites participants to consider memory and trauma, whether personal or perceived in society. After a tour and discussion of Attia’s exhibition, writers will be invited to create and share new pieces of flash fiction, poetry or memoir in response to open-ended exercises. The workshop’s supportive structure encourages writers to share personal thoughts in a safe and non-critical environment. The workshop is open to writers of all levels. Writing materials will be provided.

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Power Kids: Welcome Home

April 8, 2018

In Emeka Ogboh’s sound piece The Song of the Germans, the singers are all immigrants to Germany, each leaving their home country in search of a new home in Germany. Based on Ogboh’s interest in identity and place, participants will work together to create a handmade zine for newcomers to Toronto. We will share our favourite spots to play, eat and shop in the city we call home. At the end of the program, we will compile everyone's artwork to create a small publication to be shared with your family — and families across Toronto!

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Slow Art Day

April 14, 2018

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: Help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. Held each year on the second Saturday in April, Slow Art Day has more than 100 institutions participating around the world, each encouraging visitors to look at art slowly, and then meet to talk about their experiences. While we share personal associations with the art, we can also make interpersonal connections with other participants.

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Sunday Scene: Tairone Bastien

April 15, 2018

Tairone Bastien is a public art curator working between Toronto and Dubai. From 2011-17 he was based in the United Arab Emirates, where he established the Alserkal Programme at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, and shaped the public programming strategy for art centres in Abu Dhabi. In addition to ongoing curatorial research and projects, Tairone is currently a Global Journalism Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Bastien will discuss Kader Attia’s exhibition The Field of Emotion.

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