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Artwork depicting multiple piles of rocks along with ranges of rocky mountain in the background.

The Curse of Geography

Curated by

Sidd Joag

The Curse of Geography reflects on the effects of geographic isolation from and proximity to centres of power, on social justice, human rights and public policy. Featuring graphic artwork, drawings, photographs, audio, video and sculpture, the exhibition represents the creative investigations of artists in Honduras, Newfoundland, Puerto Rico, Tajikistan and Tibet produced in conjunction with reports for ArtsEverywhere, a platform for the artistic and critical exploration of the “fault lines” of contemporary society.

Connecting locations around the world, ArtsEverywhere engages artists, journalists, NGOs, academic and cultural institutions, and news outlets, locating the arts and culture at the centre of complex, intersecting social, cultural and political realities. Mapping conditions in locations around the world, the exhibition offers a composite assemblage of material and ephemeral representations of the lived experiences of communities.

Image detail: German Andino, Tablelands, on the road from Bonne Bay to Trout River, 2018, illustration. Courtesy of the artist and ArtsEverywhere/Musagetes

The Curse of Geography is organised by the Art Gallery of Guelph in collaboration with Musagetes and presented with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.


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