Art Toronto 2018 | Oct 26 - 29


Art Toronto proudly presents this year's POWER TALKS, organized in partnership with the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.

Part of Art Toronto's PLATFORM series, POWER TALKS presents influential art-world figures discussing their projects, preoccupations and ideas within the context of the the art fair.

Talks last approximately one hour and are complimentary with admission. See below for the full schedule of POWER TALKS for Art Toronto 2018.

Cannupa Hanska Luger. Artist Portrait by Marco Pavan 2017
Artist Portrait by Marco Pavan, 2017.

/Social Engineer: The Artist as Bridge Builder with Cannupa Hanska Luger

Friday, October 27, 4:00PM

In a world polarized politically, economically, racially, and sexually we are forced to question our trust. However our trust is the mortar that binds our intelligence. We need one another now more than ever. But, how do we see eye to eye with human groups we don't trust? Enter the artist. If we can subvert the idea art is an object, a noun, then we can reinstate the truth that art is a verb, an action. In developing processes that include society as a medium, the act of making builds communities, connecting people that may not engage with one another to create work together. Thus the role of artist is bridge builder. Cannupa Hanska Luger is a multi-disciplinary artist, working to respond to timely and site-specific issues through social collaboration. Raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, Luger is now based in New Mexico.

Kota Ezawa

/How to Take Apart an Image and Put it Back Together With Kota Ezawa

Saturday, October 27, 4:00PM

For the past 15 years, Kota Ezawa has transformed historic films, videos, photographs and paintings into digital animations, light box installations, and outdoor sculptures. In this talk, Ezawa will show examples from his ongoing body of work, including his animation of the OJ Simpson verdict, the re-construction of 13 artworks stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and his most current project, a watercolour animation of football players kneeling during the national anthem. Along with his own work, Ezawa will present an introduction to the intersecting histories of animation and image sampling that inspired his practice. Ezawa is represented by Haines Gallery, San Francisco.


Sandra GuimarĂ£es

/Why Museums does Exist? With Sandra Guimarães

Sunday, October 28, 2:30PM

Addressing the potential of Remai Modern, this talk will consider questions about the role of museums today–their proximity with the inhabitants of a city, and ability to create a space in which production can occur. Since August 2015, Guimarães has served as Director of Programs and Chief Curator at the Remai Modern, Saskatoon, following 11 years at the Serralves Museum in Porto, Portugal.


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