Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m., from Sept 17 to 25
West Island of Ontario Place, part of in/future
Onsite Gallery presents a four part speaker series that asks us to consider what is worth discussing, sharing and exploring in a post-apocalyptic state?
Part 1: The World has Ended (Which World)?
Speakers consider End of World(s) through multiple perspectives of time and history.
- Indigenous Worlds with WANDA NANIBUSH: Saturday, September 17
(Image and Word Warrior and Assistant Curator, Canadian and Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario)
- Black Worlds with JORDON VEIRA: Sunday, September 18
(Poet and Director of Spoke N’ Heard)
Part 2: The World at Near Future Ends
Speakers consider a future fiction, anticipating End of World(s) that are yet to come.
- Post-Capitalism World(s) with GABRIEL ALLAHDUA of JUSTICE FOR MIGRANT WORKERS: Saturday, September 24
(Farmworker and Organizer with collective of activists promoting migrant worker rights)
- Post-Anthropocene World(s) with ROUZBEH AKHBARI: Sunday, September 25
(Artist and Researcher)
Developed for in/future: a transformative art experience, a multidisciplinary arts and music festival presented by Art Spin and Small World Music Festival. The inaugural festival will reimagine Ontario Place and the West Island through arts-based programming to activate the 14-acre waterfront park from September 15 to 25.
Space is wheelchair accessible.
Special thanks to Ala Roushan and Onsite Gallery’s Programming Sub-Committee for their help in developing this program.
Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinaabe-kwe image and word warrior, curator and community organizer from Beausoleil First Nation. Nanibush is the first curator of Indigenous art at the Art Gallery of Ontario and teaches graduate courses at OISE, University of Toronto. Her book Violence No More (Arp Press), as well as an anthology of Indigenous curatorial writing, will be published in 2016. Nanibush is finishing a documentary on Gerald Vizenor and an experimental film on Indigenous resistance. She has a master’s degree in visual studies from the University of Toronto.
Jordon Veira is a multi-disciplinary artist of Jamaican and Canadian heritage born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the founder and director of an arts-based social enterprise called Spoke N' Heard, which creates educational programming, art festivals, concerts and media which use various forms of art to address systemic, cultural and societal 'gaps.' JV believes in the power of the spoken, written and expressed word to educate, inspire and empower all people!
Gabriel Allahdua of Justice for Migrant Workers
Gabriel Allahdua is a farmworker and organizer with Justice For Migrant Workers (J4MW). He is originally from St. Lucia but has found a home in Toronto fighting for migrant workers rights in Canada for the last couple of years. He is currently an organizer in the Harvesting Freedom campaign, which is fighting for migrant workers' right to access Permanent Residence in Canada. J4MW is a volunteer-run political collective comprised of migrant workers, labour organizers, educators, researchers, students and racialized youth based in Toronto, Ontario. J4MW strives to promote the rights of migrant farm workers participating in the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program and other programs and farm workers without status.
Rouzbeh Akhbari is an Iranian installation and video artist based in Toronto. His practice is research-driven, often interventionist in approach and situated within the interdisciplinary intersection of postcolonial theory, political economies and critical architecture. His ongoing research engages with global socio-political conundrums that translate into architectures of conflict, defensive urbanisms and the semiotics of imperial built forms. Akhbari has exhibited projects at la Fabrique Culturelle des Abattoirs (Casablanca), Birch Contemporary (Toronto), 8-eleven (Toronto) and Art Museum of Nanjing University (Nanjing). He is currently an MVS fellow at University of Toronto’s School of Architecture, Landscape and Design.
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s professional gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and digital media, fosters social and cultural transformations. Onsite Gallery serves the OCAD University community and the general public. In preparation for the launch of Onsite Gallery’s new location in June 2017, our 2016 ONSITE/ programming imagines and creates what a public gallery can be.
Onsite Gallery’s education program is generously supported by Nexus Investment Management.
in/future: a transformative art experience, is a multidisciplinary arts and music festival presented by Art Spin and Small World Music. This unique 11 day festival from September 15 to 25 will transform the 14 acres of Ontario Place's West Island with arts programming including indoor and outdoor spaces as well as the iconic Cinesphere. Programming highlights include site-specific projects by over 40 contemporary artists, workshops, lectures, daily musical performances on the Small World Music Stage, special film & video programs in Cinesphere combining archived IMAX films from the 70s and 80s with contemporary works and live audio visual performances. For more information regarding tickets and schedule visit www.infuture.ca.