September 21 to November 27, 2016
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Curators: Matthew Brower and Mona Filip
Sarindar Dhaliwal, Brendan Fernandes, Rafael Goldchain, Jérôme Havre, Luis Jacob, Esmond Lee, Julius Poncelet Manapul, Sanaz and Mani Mazinani, Divya Mehra, Zinnia Naqvi, José Luis Torres, 2Fik, Blue Republic, Diana Yoo, Jinny Yu, Z’otz* Collective
FALL OPENING RECEPTION:
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 6 – 9 PM | FREE
Exploring themes of intercultural translation, displacement and identity construction, this exhibition brings together a group of Canadian artists from diverse cultural backgrounds whose works examine the immigrant condition. Comprising recent and new works in a variety of media, including site-specific installations, Yonder approaches the notion of immigration through a process of “personal sociology,” moving from an investigation of subjective inquiries to larger questions and shared experiences. The project expands from the Koffler Gallery into the broader space of Artscape Youngplace, crossing the borders of the gallery setting and engaging shared public areas as well as the building’s exterior.
Offering many voices and perspectives, the works invite a deep reflection on the dislocations and adaptations triggered by the complex decision to uproot oneself and to cross borders, reaching for a yonder home. Drawing upon their own narratives as first or second generation Canadians, the artists invite responses based on commonalities and differences. By foregrounding these intimate presentations over globalizing political positions, the exhibition aims to generate a meaningful dialogue between artworks and audiences, inviting visitors to find points of resonance between the identities and experiences of the artists while making connections to their own individual stories.
Lead Exhibition Sponsor: Partners in Art
Additional Support: Circuit Gallery and Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
ASSOCIATED PUBLIC PROGRAMS
PERFORMANCE BY 2FIK: My Name is Ludmilla-Mary
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 5:30–6:30 PM | FREE
Performance starts in Trinity-Bellwoods Park and leads back to the Koffler Gallery
At the crossroads between art, politics and fashion runway, 2Fik’s performance as Ludmilla-Mary, his gender-bending character sporting a hijab and a beard, invites viewers to confront their apprehensions and preconceived ideas. Challenging both cultural and gender stereotypes, Ludmilla-Mary walks and poses silently through public spaces while displaying messages on an iPad that raise questions about difference and otherness.
ARTIST-LED EXHIBITION TOUR
Saturday, September 24, 2016 | 2 PM | FREE
Join us on a tour through Yonder led by the artists featured in the exhibition.
CONTEMPORARY ART BUS TOUR
Sunday, October 16, 2016 | 12 – 5 PM | FREE
Tour starts at the Koffler Gallery (at Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street) and then departs for Blackwood Gallery, AGYU, and Doris McCarthy Gallery, returning to Shaw Street at 5 PM. Seating is limited.
Please RSVP by Friday, October 14, 2016 to: Sarah Munro | firstname.lastname@example.org | 647.925.0643 x 221
Image above: 2Fik, Commute M (detail), 2015.