Each of the eleven artists on view brings to the fore often-overlooked narratives, reconstituting and revising images, objects and histories through their unique material engagement.
Several artists engage social and political narratives that lie embedded within everyday provisions, such as sugar, textiles, flowers, and clay. Others use materials such as resin, steel, bronze, and wax to share intimate stories, whether about domesticity, family history, migration, or belonging. Read together, each of the works in Material Tells suggests a fluid and nuanced understanding of how histories and their subjects come to be, reflecting on the processes by which cultural narratives are pieced together, broken apart and otherwise reconfigured in the hands of artists.
Exhibition opening: Sunday 23 June 2019. at Centennial Square 2:30 pm–3:30 pm, in Gairloch Gardens 3:30 pm–5:00 pm.
Exhibition runs: from 23 June through to 8 September 2019.
Alvaro Barrington, Kevin Beasley, Shannon Bool, Beverly Buchanan, Jesse Chun, Marie-Michelle Deschamps, Azza El Siddique, Ja'Tovia Gary, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Iris Häussler, and Kapwani Kiwanga.
Curated by: Daisy Desrosiers
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