Documentary Uncertainty

Stephen Andrews, John Greyson, Hito Steyerl

A Space Main Gallery

March 29 – May 2, 2008

Copresented by: Images Festival, Goethe-Institut

Other events involving Hito Steyerl, John Greyson, and Stephen Andrews:
-Thursday April 10 4pm all three artists participate in a panel discussion on The Documentary hosted by the Images Festival @ the Gladstone Hotel. Other panelists include Werner Ruzicka, Director of the Duisburger Filmwoche in Germany and member of this year's Images Festival Jury; as well as moderator Sharon Hayashi, Assistant Professor, Film Studies, York University.
-Hito Steyerl will be offering a Graduate Workshop on Essay Film at York University on Saturday April 12, and will be participating in a Symposium on Autobiography and Film at the University of Toronto April 10 & 11. The symposium ends with a screening of three films and a discussion with the artist at the Camera Bar,1028 Queen St W, April 11, 7:30 pm

For more information on Hito Steyerl's Toronto appearances, please visit the Goethe-Institut at or contact Doina Popescu at For more information on the 21st annual Images Festival, April 3-13, please visit

Each of the works of art in this exhibition approaches the question of the documentary image from a variety of challenging and revealing perspectives, thus entering into a dialogue with the other pieces in the gallery. Each piece is highly reflective about its chosen aesthetic form, thereby exposing the layers that lie both within and in between the images, and inviting the viewer to join the artist in his or her exploration of new critical ways of seeing.

Documentary Uncertainty is the title of the first chapter of Hito Steyerl’s new book ‘Die Farbe der Wahrheit’ (The Colour of Truth), which will appear shortly with Turia und Kant in Vienna. In the winter semester 2008 at Bard College, Hito Steyerl and Maria Lind will inaugurate a research project called ‘The Greenroom’, exclusively dedicated to questions of the documentary in art.


Toronto artist Stephen Andrews was born in Sarnia, Ontario, and has exhibited his work in Canada, the U.S., Brazil, Scotland, France, India, and Japan. He is represented in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, as well as in numerous private collections. His work deals with the body and body politic, memory, and identity.

John Greyson is a Toronto film and video artist whose features, shorts, and installations include Fig Trees, Proteus, and Lilies. An assistant professor at York University, he was awarded the Bell Canada Video Art Award in 2007.

Hito Steyerl is a filmmaker and video artist in the field of essayist documentary film as well as a cultural theorist, widely published writer, and professor of cultural and gender studies at the University for the Arts in Berlin. Her work takes place at the interface between film and the fine arts, between theory and practice.