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Annette Mangaard
Water Fall: A Cinematic Installation

In collaboration with Charles Street Video and as part of the 2019 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the John B. Aird Gallery invites you to the opening of:

Annette Mangaard
Water Fall: A Cinematic Installation

On View: May 9 – June 15, 2019

Location: Charles Street Video, Toronto Media Arts Centre, 32 Lisgar St 2nd Floor

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6-8 p.m.

For the third year, the Aird Gallery is pleased to be a primary exhibition in one of Canada’s premiere cultural events, as Toronto plays host to the largest photography festival in the world. Curated by Carla Garnet, this exhibition explores water as both an environmental and a conceptual issue. Using footage sourced from several geological locations — a glacier in Patagonia, a melting iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland, and tidal pools off the East and West coasts of Canada — Mangaard disrupts the conventions of nature movies to reflect on environmental stewardship from an affective standpoint. The result is a space where viewers might reflect on escalating climate change and the emotional states it provokes at a time when water — its presence and its lack — is ever more visible and charged within ecological and conceptual environments.

The exhibition is accompanied by three panel events:

Thursday May 16, 6 to 8 p.m.
Annette Mangaard, Christopher Dewdney & Simone Jones
A three-way conversation which asks, ‘How do artists take scientific knowledge and use/transform it within their artistic endeavours in order to create real meaning and impact?’,

Thursday May 23, 6 to 8 p.m.
Annette Mangaard, Netami Stuart, Walter Kehm
Moderated by: Jane Weninger
A panel discussion concerning: water, flood-plains, wetlands and the future of our city. ‘Can art initiate discussion and bring about change in public policy?’

Thursday May 30, 6 to 8 p.m.
Artist talk for Annette Mangaard, Water Fall: A Cinematic Installation with intro by Carla Garnet.

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April 2019 will be our last exhibition at Macdonald Block.

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The Aird Gallery will be vacating the Macdonald Block Complex in Queen’s Park for the next eight years due to reconstruction. We would be glad to see you before we part ways for a while. Like a friendly neighbour, we have been happy to call the Macdonald Block our home for over 30 years. Over those three decades, the Aird has been a community builder: partnering with arts organizations; advancing their objectives and supporting diversity; delighting people who work in the building; and offering a space for rest and reflection during their busy work lives. We need your support more than ever in our search for an interim space, allowing us to continue our mission over the next several years before we return to Macdonald Block.

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