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In expanding dialogues around the Toronto Biennial of Art, curators, artists, and practitioners discuss their work and processes through a series of interviews.

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In expanding dialogues around the Toronto Biennial of Art, curators, artists, and practitioners discuss their work and processes through a series of interviews.

    Short Format: Zacharias Kunuk – ISUMA

    Short Format: Zacharias Kunuk – ISUMA

    Artist collective Isuma ᐃᓱᒪ was founded in 1990 by Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Apak Angilirq, and Norman Cohn, and is Canada’s first Inuit (75 percent) production company. As part of the Biennial, "ᓄᐊᐱᐅᒑᑦᑑᑉᐅᓪᓗᕆᓚᐅᖅᑕᖓ One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk," 2019, features Noah Piugattuk’s encounter with a government agent sent to remove him and his family from their homeland. Here, the film’s director Zacharias Kunuk shares his approaches to storytelling and oral histories as a filmmaker, recreating the past for future learning.

    Short Format Series Produced by Aliya Pabani and Angela Shackel.

    • 4 min
    Short Format: Adrian Blackwell

    Short Format: Adrian Blackwell

    Within Adrian Blackwell's two installations, "Isonomia in Toronto? (creek)" and "Isonomia in Toronto? (harbour)," he considers what role biological, social, and political forces may play in how we gather and organize space. These newly-commissioned structures, which became meeting places throughout the inaugural Biennial, ultimately reflect the city’s shifting shoreline and changing relationships with the lake over time.

    Short Format Series Produced by Aliya Pabani and Angela Shackel.

    • 6 min
    Short Format: Ayumi Goto

    Short Format: Ayumi Goto

    In her performance 'single use salmon plogging,' Ayumi Goto runs the Toronto Waterfront Marathon as the half-human/half-salmon geisha gyrl, addressing labour, responsibility, and the impact of environmental disaster. The work is dedicated to the late Anishinaabe grandmother and Water Walker Josephine Mandamin, who circumnavigated the Great Lakes to raise awareness about water pollution, and David S. Buckel, a lawyer, environmental activist, and runner, who self-immolated to protest humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels.

    Short Format Series Created & Produced by Aliya Pabani and Angela Shackel.

    • 5 min
    Short Format: Syrus Marcus Ware

    Short Format: Syrus Marcus Ware

    In Syrus Marcus Ware’s projects 'Ancestors, Can You Read Us? (Dispatches from the Future)' and 'Antarctica,' he imagines a world where racialized people have survived the catastrophic impacts of the Anthropocene and white supremacy. Ware discusses the shared language of speculative futurism and how combining art with activism has the power to create solidarities beyond borders.

    Short Format Series Created & Produced by Aliya Pabani and Angela Shackel.

    • 6 min
    Short Format: Maria Thereza Alves

    Short Format: Maria Thereza Alves

    In this episode, artist Maria Thereza Alves invites us to consider our implication in the histories of the land we stand on and the rivers hidden beneath. Alves' works for the 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art, 'Phantom Pain' and 'Garrison Creek,' reflect on human and non-human relationships with land and water.

    Short Format Series Created & Produced by Aliya Pabani and Angela Shackel.

    • 3 min
    Short Format: Caroline Monnet

    Short Format: Caroline Monnet

    In Caroline Monnet's work 'The Flow Between Hard Places,' the undulating edges of this monumental sculpture represent the sound waves created in uttering the word pasapkedjinawong (“the river that passes between the rocks”) in Anishinaabemowin, as spoken by Anishnaabe Elder Rose Wawatie-Beaudoin. Monnet discusses the importance of different types of monuments, movements, and the power of travelling distances to be heard.

    Short Format Series Created & Produced by Aliya Pabani and Angela Shackel.

    • 3 min

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