Spoken Word Performance & Writing Activity with Taqralik Partridge

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 2:00pm

Spoken Word Performance & Writing Activity with Taqralik Partridge
Saturday, September 21, 2019
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Co-presented with Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Free event as part of Onsite Gallery's public event program for ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ / Among All These Tundras.


Join Inuk artist, writer, curator, throatsinger, spoken word poet and Onsite Gallery exhibiting artist, Taqralik Partridge, for a spoken word performance and writing activity.

The title of Onsite Gallery’s exhibition, ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ / Among All These Tundras, is taken from the poem ‘My Home Is in My Heart’ by famed Sámi writer Nils-Aslak Valkeapää. During this event, Taqralik will perform one of her spoken word pieces and then guide attendees in a writing activity inspired by a shared theme.

Everyone is welcome—whether you consider yourself a poet or simply a lover of written or spoken word, join us as we experiment with text and language.

 

Taqralik Partridge is an Inuk artist, writer, curator, throatsinger, and spoken word poet. She is originally from Kuujjuaq in Nunavik, although she now splits her time between Canada and Kautokeino in northern Sápmi. Partridge’s writing focuses on both life in the north and on the experiences of Inuit living in the south. Partridge co-founded the Tusarniq festival held in Montreal. Her performance work has been featured on CBC radio one and she has toured with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Partridge has also worked as Director of Communications for the Avataq Cultural Institute. In 2010, her short story Igloolik won first prize in the Quebec Writing Competition and the same year she was a featured artist onstage at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. In 2018, Partridge was named as a finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize. Partridge is Editor-at-Large for the Inuit Art Quarterly. Her work will be featured as an official selection at the Sydney Biennale in Sydney, Australia in 2020.

 

ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ
Among All These Tundras

September 18 to December 7, 2019

ᐊᓯᓐᓇᔭᖅ
asinnajaq
ᓛᑯᓗᒃ ᐅᐃᓕᐊᒻᓴᓐ ᐸᑦᑑᕆ
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
ᑲᕈᓚ ᑯᕋᕼᐊᓐ
Carola Grahn
ᒫᔾᔭ ᕼᐋᓕᓐᑐ ᐅᓇᓗ ᓵᒥ ᕕᓐᓚᓐᒥᐅᑕᖅ
Marja Helander
ᖃᑉᓗᓯᐊᖅ
Kablusiak
ᓵᓐᔭ ᑲᓕᕼᐅ-ᑰᒻᔅ
Sonya Kelliher-Combs
ᔪᐊᖅ ᓇᓐᑰ
Joar Nango
ᑕᕐᕋᓕᒃ ᐹᑐᔨ
Taqralik Partridge
ᐱᐅᓕ ᐸᑐ
Barry Pottle
ᐃᓅᑎᖅ ᓯᑐᐊᑦᔅ
Inuuteq Storch
ᑲᔨᓐ ᐸᓐ ᕼᐅᕕᓕᓐ
Couzyn van Heuvelen
ᐊᓕᓴᓐ ᐊᑰᑦᓲᒃ ᒍᐊᑕᓐ
Allison Akootchook Warden

ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᑲᒪᔨᑦ: Hᐃᑐ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᐅᖅᑎ, ᐋᐃᒥ ᐳᕈᑎ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᕆᓴ ᐹᓐ ᕼᐃᐅᓕᒐ
Curated by Heather Igloliorte, Amy Dickson and Charissa von Harringa

ᓴᕿᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᑖᒃᑯᓇᖓᑦ ᓕᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐲᓇ ᐊᓕᓐ ᓴᓇᖕᖑᐊᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᕕᒃ, ᑳᓐᑯᑎᐊ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒃᔪᐊᖅ
Produced and circulated by the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University

Among All These Tundras, a title taken from the poem ‘My Home Is in My Heart’ by famed Sámi writer Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, features contemporary art by Indigenous artists from around the circumpolar world. Together, their works politically and poetically express current Arctic concerns towards land, language, sovereignty and resurgence. Click here to read more.

Produced and circulated by: Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University
Patron Sponsor: Birch Hill Equity Partners
Supported by: Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage), Initiative for Indigenous Futures and Nexus Investments

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays to Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Onsite Gallery acknowledges that the new gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper. Onsite Gallery logo by Dean Martin Design.

 



The Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge is a hub for facilitating the documentation, communication and translation of Indigenous ways of seeing. Drawing on the inseparable concepts of perception and knowing, Wapatah assists Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and researchers to collaborate on the presentation and representation of artistic knowledge. Wapatah promotes Indigenous research at multiple scales, from Indigenous-led research at OCADU to creating connections and partnerships at the global level.

 

Image: Taqralik Partridge, Tusarsauvungaa, 2018 - . Series of nine elements. Cotton, polyester, wool, silk, glass beads, metal beads, Canadian sealskin, reindeer leather, reindeer antler, thermal emergency blanket, plastic packaging, cardboard, Pixee lures, plastic tarp, Canadian coins, laundry tokens, United Kingdom coin, tamarack tree cones, dental floss, artificial sinew, goose feather and river grass. Installation view (detail), Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, 2018. Photo: Paul Litherland/Studio Lux.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery: 199 Richmond St. West
Website: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/spoken-word-performance-writing-activity-with-taqralik-patridge-tickets-68812051699
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Taqralik Partridge, Tusarsauvungaa, 2018 -

Séance with Extinct Species of Birds

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Séance with Extinct Species of Birds
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
7 p.m.

Free

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Led by exhibiting artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

Limited availability; registration required
Tickets available on Onsite Gallery’s Facebook page as of Wednesday, January 23 at noon

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa is an exhibiting artist in Onsite Gallery's Winter exhibition, How to Breathe Forever. Since 2012, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa has conducted intimate spiritist sessions. He describes them as follows, “I (and participants) try to contact the spirit world, specifically contact extinct species of birds. The project is a sort of imagination exercise.”  With no images or videos taken, Ramírez-Figueroa documents the experience through audio recordings, visual sound scores and drawings. Séances With Extinct Species of Birds is an ongoing project that prioritizes the supernatural, history, voice and the effect of human activity and climate change on birds, and asks— if we find a new way to listen can we hear birds, even extinct ones?

As a participant you will:

  • Participate in a séance
  • Consent to have the event’s audio recorded, which may include your voice as a participant, which will be exhibited in Onsite Gallery’s exhibition, How to Breathe Forever

 

How to Breathe Forever underlines the importance and interconnectedness of air, animals, coral, humans, insects, land, plants and water. The belief that everything in the universe has a place and deserves equal respect is the core of this exhibition and positions our relations with others — including the natural world — as active and reciprocal. The artwork invites you to consider a personhood that attentively collaborates and exchanges with all living things.

 

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa was born in Guatemala City in 1978. He received a BFA in Media Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver in 2006, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. He was also a postgraduate researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands in 2013. Working in drawing, performance, sculpture, and video, Ramírez-Figueroa explores the entanglement of history and form through the lens of his own displacement during and following Guatemala’s civil war of 1960–96. He has had solo exhibitions at Casa de América, Madrid (2011); Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2011); Gasworks, London (2015); and CAPC musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux (2017), and The New Museum, New York (2018). He has participated in the following group exhibitions: A History of Interventions, Tate Modern, London; Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (both in 2014); Lyon Biennial; The School of Nature and Principle, EFA Project Space, New York (both in 2015); São Paulo Biennial; and the Venice Biennale (2017). Ramírez-Figueroa lives and works in Berlin and Guatemala City.

 

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

 

Image: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Concrete Poem Documentation of Bird Séances, 2011 to present, series of five digital prints on Epson coldpress watercolour paper, calligraphy by Lester Mead, 20” x 29.5” each. Courtesy of the artist.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. West)
Website: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/seance-with-extinct-species-of-birds-tickets-53554718605
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Image: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Concrete Poem Documentation of Bird Séances, 2011 to present, series of five digital prints on E

Exile Series = Rising Sadness: Performance and Artists' Talk by Ali Asgar

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
7 to 9 p.m.

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
199 Richmond St. W.

Free

Presented by Art and Social Change, The President’s Office and Onsite Gallery
Co-sponsored by SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) and ASAAP (Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention)

 

Regrettably, Ali Asgar is unable to attend this event in person. They will be participating via live video, projected in Onsite Gallery.

They are unable to travel since, this winter, their visa was denied by the Canadian government. This time it has been inexplicably held up. We support the artists’ proposal to continue to present the event as scheduled, as a form of protest and to promote awareness of restricted border control and the barriers in place against mobility.

 

Ali Asgar is a Bangladeshi transdisciplinary artist and cultural producer whose performances and visual narratives arise from growing up queer in a heteronormative class-based society. Their provocative street performances and gallery exhibitions exposed them to serious risk in Dhaka and, in 2016, they were awarded an Artist Protection Fund Fellowship at the University of Maine. They are currently working on an MFA in Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ali has exhibited at the Dhaka Arts Summit, the Kolkata International Performance Festival and the Asian Art Biennial. Their work has been produced in Boston, Chicago and New York City, where they were a featured artist at the PEN World Voice Festival.

 

About Onsite Gallery – www.ocadu.ca/onsite
Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events.

 

Photo by Amy Pears.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Ali Asgar photo by Amy Pears

OCAD University Presents: The Conversationalists III

Poster for the Conversationalists III, text on pastel background with coloured shapes
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 11:00pm to Friday, April 22, 2016 - 1:00am

OCAD University Presents:  The Conversationalists III

Pamila Matharu: Artist / Educator / Cultural Producer
Emily Norry: Student
Tough Guy Mountain: Artist Collective

The Conversationalists is a series of talks, performances, presentations and chatter that hopes to explore the notions of ‘social change’ and ‘social innovation’ within the arts and education. A five-part series, The Conversationalists III will offer varying insights into supports, challenges, warnings and ambivalences when applying pedagogical frameworks towards social change. What is Social Change? How can Social Innovation exist in the arts? What is the artist’s role? This is where we start.

Pamila Matharu
Pamila is an artist, educator and cultural producer, based in Toronto. In her practice; she varies from installation, ephemera, analog media, artist-organizing/curating, to more recently; socially-engaged art in a teaching studio. Over the last 20 years, she has made contributions and gestures by contributing and collaborating on in artist-run culture projects such as the critically acclaimed Come Up To My Room: The Gladstone Hotel’s Alternative Design Event.

Emily Norry
Emily is an OCADU student studying Drawing and Painting with a Minor in Art and Social Change. Part of Emily's practice focuses on the queering and reframing of art history. By providing alternate images, presentations and lectures to the accepted academic canon of art history Emily is working to provide models of education and history that provides information that is inclusive of the diversity of artists practicing today. Emily is on of the 2016 winners of the Big Idea Fund micro grant and will be putting on more events to explore diversifying art history.

Tough Guy Mountain
Tough Guy Mountain is a post-capitalist, economic science-fiction about a company that exists in a separate dimension where it creates brands and then sells them to companies, causes and individuals. It has been operating as an artist collective in Toronto since 2012.

Space is limited: e-mail dliddington@ocadu.ca in order to reserve a seat! Or pick up tickets at the door.

For further information contact:

DEREK LIDDINGTON
Coordinator, Impact Exchange
Centre For Emerging Artists and Designers
E. dliddington@ocadu.ca

The Impact Collective is a social innovation project at OCAD University. Learn more at www.impactcollective.ca

 

Venue & Address: 
Scrap Metal Gallery, 11 Dublin St. Toronto, ON Lost? http://www.scrapmetalgallery.com/contact-us/
Website: 
http://www.impactcollective.ca
Email: 
dliddington@ocadu.ca