A Space Gallery is pleased to be safely into step 3 of the provincial reopening plan after months of closure to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to the health and safety of our artists, staff, board, community, and collaborators. We look forward to welcoming you back to the gallery.

We are accepting applications for our Open Call for Submissions. Deadline is August 25, 2021. This call is for artists working in all media and is also open to curatorial proposals.

A Space is thrilled to launch the online initiative Studio Practices: Commissioned Artist Videos for the Online Screen Space running until December of 2021. The gallery has commissioned a small program of short videos by artists who have recently shown in our space. We hope that sharing works from our community will help us feel more connected.

Opening in the gallery on August 5, 2021 is Tenzin Dorjé’ s Everyone Rides a Bicycle in Heaven and Katherine Green’s Dis/Closure: What Happens When We Tell both are part of the DocNow 2021 Festival. DocNow is an interdisciplinary documentary festival featuring innovative work from Ryerson University’s Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media program. This multi-arts, multi-media festival showcases the film, photography, installation, and new media work of a diverse group of international storytellers.

In the A Space vitrines we are happy to continue the exhibition of Shaheer Zazai’s Then and There running until October of 2021. The works in ‘There and Then’ come from two different time periods in Zazai’s digital practice. ‘The Carpet Series’ from 2017 is largely informed by his birthplace of Afghanistan, specifically feelings of nostalgia and displacement. His digital practice then steered towards experimentation and exploration of asymmetry, breaking away from the confines of structure and allowing errors to become part of the work. ‘There and Then’ gives the viewer a chance to peer into two different time periods at the same time.

We regret the interruption to Basic Instructions Before Leaving Everything, multidisciplinary artist Timothy Yanick Hunter’s first solo show, curated by Sarah-Tai Black. We look forward to reopening the show in January 2022. Utilizing strategies of bricolage and collective narrativization, Hunter’s work explores the effects of non-neutral relationships and intersections on Black and Afro-diasporic experience as well as concurrent strategies of decolonization.

A Space Gallery and the CONTACT Photography Festival will present Forest on Location during May 2022. This is the first Canadian solo exhibition of the work of Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukacs. In their video, animation, and graphic works, Broersen and Lukacs consider the intertwined relationships between reality, media, and fiction. This exhibition is comprised of two of their video installations, Forest on Location (2018) and Mastering Bambi (2010), both of which take nature as their subject matter and work to unhinge hegemonic ways of looking at landscape.

The State of Blackness: From Production to Presentation is an important resource for cultural and intellectual black diasporic artistic practice and representation in Canada. Building on A Space’s history and our ongoing work with Dr Andrea Fatona we applaud her incredible research.

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