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Image: Jenine Marsh, ​​Within or beyond my means (Detail), 2021, Flowers, synthetic rubber, wire, acrylic varnish, steel.

Event Access

  • Audio Description
  • ASL Interpretation
  • Captions

September 23, 2021 - November 21, 2021

You sit in a garden

Hosted by Critical Distance Centre For Curators (CDCC)

Dear visitor,

Welcome to our shrouded backyard, this garden filled with holes. It was aerated earlier: the earth turned inside out. Now it sits in small amulets across the lawn, left permeable.

_You have to know that when this garden was conceived, I had been walking barefoot on a reflexology footpath in the early morning; a circular path with stones protruding from its concrete floor. After stripping off my shoes and socks, I carefully put one foot down after the other onto the stones. They pushed back like they were trying to tell me something – offered themselves as a gift to each bone that inhabits the foot. _

I propose this space as a sensory garden; little pieces of the footpath evaporated and distilled. Each artwork here proposes a way to live, with its own ontology, and I take notes from every one. These works present the body’s overwhelming capacity for potential, both for things that propose to harm (illness, infection, disability), and those that support (health care systems, healing touches, assistive technologies). You sit in a garden sees this all become entangled with different definitions of life itself.

You sit in a garden brings together the work of Tanya Lukin Linklater, Laurie Kang, Jenine Marsh, Lila de Magalhaes, and Nona Inescu. Each included work proposes a new bodily form, movement, or way to touch, pushing for an expanded definition of what a body should be.

Accessibility

Critical Distance is located at Artscape Youngplace, a wheelchair accessible building with a ramp at the 180 Shaw Street doors, and an accessible washroom on every level. Gendered multi-stall washrooms are also on every level, and single-stall gender-neutral washrooms are available on levels 2 and 3. All levels are accessible via both elevator and stairs. The TTC’s 63 Ossington bus stops at Queen and Shaw and is wheelchair accessible.

All artworks in the exhibition will be captioned and have audio description where relevant. All events will have ASL interpretation. If you have any questions, please contact CDCC Education and Accessibility Programs Director Emily Cook at emily@criticaldistance.ca

Organizations

Critical Distance Centre For Curators (CDCC)

180 Shaw Street, #302, Toronto, ON, Canada

Email: emily@criticaldistance.ca

Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) is a not-for-profit gallery, publisher, platform, and partner supporting curatorial community, discourse, and production across disciplines and beyond borders of all kinds. As an independent curator-led initiative, our mission springs from the interests, motivations and methodologies of contemporary curatorial practice, foregrounding critical inquiry, collaboration, and experimentation in making new connections between artists, art forms, ideas, images, objects, environments, and audiences. Providing a venue and context for curators and artists in all stages of their professional development, our exhibition program is developed with an eye toward stimulating curiosity, conversation, and critical thinking on contemporary culture and the curation/creation of exhibitions themselves through the lenses of collecting, organizing, displaying, and viewing or experiencing. Through our publishing program, each exhibition is fully documented in a modest yet beautifully designed catalogue with original curatorial essay—a welcome benefit and service to the artists and curators whose work is published, as well as to audiences who receive reader-friendly context on the work and exhibition. Through an inclusive and varied program of events including talks, screenings, workshops, performances and more, we aim to enrich the exhibition experience and encourage active audience participation in our projects and programming. With a focus on critically-engaged, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary practices, underrepresented artists and art forms, and community outreach and education in art and exhibition-making, CDCC is an open platform for diverse curatorial perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on curating and exhibition-making as ways to engage and inform audiences from as many publics as possible. As an organization, we ensure our mandate stays relevant by prioritizing relationship-building with other organizations and communities as core to our programs. Working in sustained collaboration with other organizations, collectives, and artists across the arts ecology allows us to remain responsive to our communities more broadly. We also practice the same collaborative energy within the structure of our tight-knit team, enacting consensus-based models for discussion and decision-making as a group.