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Mixed Media Installation

//The Annual//Shifting Ground. Curated by Katherine Dennis

October 10 – 13, 2013
Room 205, Gladstone Hotel
Toronto, Canada.
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Assistant: Bryan Marcus Raja

Rebpun which in the Kelabit language is a word to describe smoke. In a traditional Kelabit longhouse, the fireplace is known as the tetel. Items surrounding the tetel, blackened by constant smoke from the cooking fire, and traditional activities around the tetel including socializing and resting are highlighted in this series. As a Kelabit with very little knowledge of the language, this installation explores the subject of memory and highlight the presence of traditional household objects and their relations to the increasing irrelevance to modern Kelabit living.

//THE ANNUAL// is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual independent contemporary art event, offering an open and fertile ground for engaging and emerging practices. Over the course of four days, //THE ANNUAL// brings together artists, curators, and collectives to present new work and site-specific installations.

About this year’s theme: The idea behind Shifting Ground (2013) comes from two unrelated events: an art installation, The Grey Area (2012), recreated for the fair by artists Cindy Blažević and Pascal Paquette, and a conversation that took place at the Banff Centre for the Arts during a residency. This conversation argued over the merits of eliminating art specific terms (jargon), thereby shifting the common ground of communication among participants. The Grey Area exhibited post-war photography and painting documenting the many outcomes and affects of the transformation of cultural and daily life in the Balkans as these countries waver between European Union membership and minor nation statehood.

These two seemingly distinct events continue to weave together in the curator’s mind. Hoping to further explore the threads that connect such shifts and to look deeply at the effects of important personal, cultural and societal changes, this exhibition opens the conversation up with a diverse body of artistic practices working in many mediums from painting and photography, to responsive sound, video projection and immersive installation.

Participating artists were invited to respond to this year’s theme by thinking literally – natural disasters, climate change, border negotiations – and metaphorically – reinvention, disruption, the creation of new worlds. Their eclectic responses consider topics ranging from the micro- to macrocosmic; the deeply personal to widely public; and the philosophical to the technological. They consider practice-based shifts in the art world and beyond.

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