Opening: Like An Old Friend

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Faraz Anoushahpour
Parastoo Anoushahpour
Ryan Ferko
Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill
Nicole Kelly Westman

like an old friend
September 9 - October 15, 2016

like an old friend brings together work by Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill and Nicole Kelly Westman along with Toronto-based collective, Faraz Anoushahpour, Parastoo Anoushahpour and Ryan Ferko to look at how histories and economies are inscribed on landscapes, mapping the often hidden power relations held within. Rather than contending with the weight of landscape representation as a nation-building project, each of these works circumvent this logic through intimate and sustained relationship to place. These projects are not about representation, but continued acts of care that stretch through time and across geographies. Each situated in a post-industrial or transitional space, devoid of human habitation or commercial use, these works are punctuated by absence — a hole left by industry, an abandoned mine, a recently resurfaced plot of land — containing traces of what was and are fertile for what could be. Through economies of care, investigations into deep history and the creation of speculative futures, these works attempt to answer a question of what could be, re-infusing these absences with the persistence of human presence, unsettling inherited narratives and allowing a polyphonous understanding of our relation to place.

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