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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Walk & Talk: Curatorial Tour of Qautamaat Taqralik Partridge with Emily Henderson
Wednesday, September 28 | 6:30 pm
Free | In person | Refreshments served

Explore the exhibition Qautamaat with curator Taqralik Partridge and writer Emily Henderson as they offer a talk and tour highlighting the stories, ideas, and practices associated with the “Inuit everyday” that informs the work of over 80 artists and makers on view. Capturing acutely Inuk sensibilities, the exhibition highlights how such diverse images and objects represent the most powerful forms of Inuit expression in the public sphere today.

Originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, AGG’s adjunct curator Taqralik Partridge is based in Ottawa where she currently directs Nordic Lab at SAW Gallery. Emily Henderson is a Greenlandic and settler writer and arts administrator based in Toronto whose work has been published in Inuit Art Quarterly, C Magazine, Studio Magazine, as well as imagineNATIVE. Qautamaat is organized and presented with the support of Canadian Heritage through the Museums Assistance Program.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Walking as Remapping: A Walk with(in) the Dye Plants
Thursday, September 29 | 5:30 – 7 pm
Free | In person | To register, click here

Anita Cazzola’s artwork celebrates the resilience of wild plants through naturally dyed textiles – a practice that always begins with walking. The simple act of walking invites us to witness the ways in which plants make their home in a space, demonstrating radical power through their generative disobedience and wisdom in the simple act of being.

Join Anita for a walk through the Howitt Park area, a former quarry that is home to many natural dye plants. This is space of homecoming, in that it has allowed for the great return of plant species after their displacement and welcomes new forms of life in need of a place to land. Together we will walk gently through this space, allowing curiosity to guide us, introducing ourselves to plants along the way and learning about the colours they share as natural dyes.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

In Conversation: Anahita Norouzi, Amin Alsaden, Mandy Merzaban, and Amrita Dhallu
Thursday, October 20 | 6 pm
Free | Online (Zoom) | To register, click here

What relationships tie diasporic communities to the plants and geographies back home? How are the multifaceted identities of migrants formed after displacement? What role do objects, cuisine, and memories play in constructing a sense of belonging to new, possibly hostile, environments? How have botanical explorations and research contributed to othering non-Western cultures through scientific methods and classifications, and how does that mirror constructions of self and “other” in contemporary Western societies, often translating into xenophobic and exclusionary politics targeting racialized communities?

In conjunction with the exhibition Planting Displacement, this panel discussion brings together cultural producers who explore the impacts of colonialism on the planet’s ecology, and who contemplate the agency that art and artists can claim in revealing, resisting, and possibly ameliorating those violent histories. On Tuesday, October 20, join Canada-based artist Anahita Norouzi and guest curator Amin Alsaden for a cross-Atlantic online conversation with artist and writer Mandy Merzaban and curator Amrita Dhallu, both practicing in London, UK.

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