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Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street, Suite 104-105, Toronto ON M6J 2W5
Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 12-6, Sat & Sun 11-5. Closed Mondays and statutory holidays. Wheelchair accessible.
admission: FREE.
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EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS ... more
EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS –
Apr 6-Jun 4, 2017 | Spring opening reception Thur 6 Apr, 6-9pm:
2Fik: His and Other Stories.
Curator: Mona Filip.
A Primary Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
Assuming the multiple roles of artistic director, photographer and model, 2Fik stages elaborate tableaux that often reenact familiar compositions derived from famous paintings. Toying with reality, his constructed images destabilize the viewer's assumed points of reference, playfully orchestrating scenes that comment thoughtfully on current society.
Born in Paris to a Moroccan Muslim family, 2Fik moved to Montréal in 2003. His encounter with the city's multicultural environment inspired him to examine issues of identity and socio-political ramifications. Drawn out of this diverse backdrop, the recurring characters featured in his photographs are all interconnected and stem from the artist's life experiences and personality: Abdel, who was born in Casablanca, moved to Montréal, and now works as a property manager, turning to religion out of loneliness rather than genuine faith; Fatima, who abandoned her university studies to follow Abdel as his good wife and remains devoted to him even though they married out of family pressure, not love; Kathryn, an overconfident, spoiled young woman from Montréal's West Island, who is juggling many lovers, including Abdel; and Firas, who fled his native country and asked for refugee status in Canada, motivated by a well-founded fear of persecution based on his sexual orientation.
These are only a few of the lively, fictional individuals embodied by 2Fik in his beguiling photographs. Dismantling stereotypes, they compel viewers to question their own sense of self and reflect on acquired notions of gender, sexuality, belief, universality, and difference. 2Fik first explored these topics by diving into the intimacy and daily life of his characters in the series 2Fik Or Not 2Fik (2005-2009), and later by positioning them into well-known paintings reimagined from a contemporary perspective in his second series, 2Fik's Museum (2010-2012). In 2013, 2Fik began a new series of site-specific performance-based photographs, restaging history paintings in order to consider national identity narratives.
As 2Fik's first solo show in Toronto, His and Other Stories offers a survey of these recent bodies of work to examine cultural legacies and identity constructs. The exhibition's centerpieces are his latest compositions that reconfigure allegorical representations of nationhood. A new work, created for this exhibition, reinterprets Benjamin West's 1770 painting, "The Death of General Wolfe", an emblematic example of Canadian history represented through a colonial lens. The original dramatically depicts the General's fall during the 1759 Battle of Québec, celebrating him as a hero and a symbol of British dominance. Subverting this patriarchal, whitewashing viewpoint, 2Fik's vibrant characters of mixed genders, ethnicities, and faiths infuse new meaning into this iconic image. Raising irreverent questions, his critical reinterpretation disrupts nationalistic discourses, opening conversation on today's pluralistic realities. Shot at Honest Ed's just before its demolition, the photograph recalls this site's significance to Toronto and its diverse inhabitants, honouring both present and historical loss, mourning across time and cultural dimensions.
2Fik: His and Other Stories is generously supported by the Hal Jackman Foundation ... more
2Fik: His and Other Stories.
Curator: Mona Filip.
A Primary Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Assuming the multiple roles of artistic director, photographer and model, 2Fik stages elaborate tableaux that often reenact familiar compositions derived from famous paintings. Toying with reality, his constructed images destabilize the viewer's assumed points of reference, playfully orchestrating scenes that comment thoughtfully on current society.

Born in Paris to a Moroccan Muslim family, 2Fik moved to Montréal in 2003. His encounter with the city's multicultural environment inspired him to examine issues of identity and socio-political ramifications. Drawn out of this diverse backdrop, the recurring characters featured in his photographs are all interconnected and stem from the artist's life experiences and personality: Abdel, who was born in Casablanca, moved to Montréal, and now works as a property manager, turning to religion out of loneliness rather than genuine faith; Fatima, who abandoned her university studies to follow Abdel as his good wife and remains devoted to him even though they married out of family pressure, not love; Kathryn, an overconfident, spoiled young woman from Montréal's West Island, who is juggling many lovers, including Abdel; and Firas, who fled his native country and asked for refugee status in Canada, motivated by a well-founded fear of persecution based on his sexual orientation.

These are only a few of the lively, fictional individuals embodied by 2Fik in his beguiling photographs. Dismantling stereotypes, they compel viewers to question their own sense of self and reflect on acquired notions of gender, sexuality, belief, universality, and difference. 2Fik first explored these topics by diving into the intimacy and daily life of his characters in the series 2Fik Or Not 2Fik (2005-2009), and later by positioning them into well-known paintings reimagined from a contemporary perspective in his second series, 2Fik's Museum (2010-2012). In 2013, 2Fik began a new series of site-specific performance-based photographs, restaging history paintings in order to consider national identity narratives.

As 2Fik's first solo show in Toronto, His and Other Stories offers a survey of these recent bodies of work to examine cultural legacies and identity constructs. The exhibition's centerpieces are his latest compositions that reconfigure allegorical representations of nationhood. A new work, created for this exhibition, reinterprets Benjamin West's 1770 painting, "The Death of General Wolfe", an emblematic example of Canadian history represented through a colonial lens. The original dramatically depicts the General's fall during the 1759 Battle of Québec, celebrating him as a hero and a symbol of British dominance. Subverting this patriarchal, whitewashing viewpoint, 2Fik's vibrant characters of mixed genders, ethnicities, and faiths infuse new meaning into this iconic image. Raising irreverent questions, his critical reinterpretation disrupts nationalistic discourses, opening conversation on today's pluralistic realities. Shot at Honest Ed's just before its demolition, the photograph recalls this site's significance to Toronto and its diverse inhabitants, honouring both present and historical loss, mourning across time and cultural dimensions.

2Fik: His and Other Stories is generously supported by the Hal Jackman Foundation.
Sun 30 Apr 2017, 12noon-5pm:
FREE Contemporary Art Bus Tour. Tour starts at Koffler Gallery at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street, Toronto), then departs for AGYU, and Doris McCarthy Gallery, returning to Shaw Street at 4pm. Seating is limited. RSVP by Fri 28 Apr to: Sandy Saad at 647 925 0643 or ssaad@kofflerarts.org ... more
FREE Contemporary Art Bus Tour. Tour starts at Koffler Gallery at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street, Toronto), then departs for AGYU, and Doris McCarthy Gallery, returning to Shaw Street at 4pm. Seating is limited. RSVP by Fri 28 Apr to: Sandy Saad at 647 925 0643 or ssaad@kofflerarts.org.
Sun 30 Apr, 2-3pm:
Witness 2Fik in action when he performs an on-site photo shoot in the Koffler Gallery. The conditions are ripe for adding layers to an older work: a new gallery exhibition invites new characters to self-reflection. In conjunction with the exhibition 2Fik: His and Other Stories ... more
Witness 2Fik in action when he performs an on-site photo shoot in the Koffler Gallery. The conditions are ripe for adding layers to an older work: a new gallery exhibition invites new characters to self-reflection. In conjunction with the exhibition 2Fik: His and Other Stories.
Wed 3 May, 6-8pm:
BYOH: Bring Your Own Heels Workshop. Artist 2Fik teaches the fundamentals of runway walking while facilitating discussions on the use of space, gender inequality and gender construction. Space is limited to 20 participants. RSVP required. In conjunction with the exhibition 2Fik: His and Other Stories ... more
BYOH: Bring Your Own Heels Workshop. Artist 2Fik teaches the fundamentals of runway walking while facilitating discussions on the use of space, gender inequality and gender construction. Space is limited to 20 participants. RSVP required. In conjunction with the exhibition 2Fik: His and Other Stories.
Jun 22-Aug 20, 2017 | Summer opening reception Thur 22 Jun, 6-9pm:
Mary Anne Barkhouse: Le Rêve aux Loups.
Guest curator: Jennifer Rudder.
In her first solo exhibition in Toronto, Mary Anne Barkhouse invokes the animal inhabitants of the land in artworks that reveal the transitory nature of empire, highlighting both the triumphs and betrayals that delineate history north of the 49th parallel. Comprising a series of new and recent sculptures and drawings, Le Rêve aux Loups reflects on our skewed experience of nature as a resource for human needs, rather than an ecosystem with its own intrinsic value.
Deeply engaged with environmental and Indigenous issues, Barkhouse's artistic practice foregrounds a visual iconography where animals play a central role. She situates her work between the two worlds of the human and the natural, employing the beaver, raven, wolf and coyote as symbols of the ability to adapt and persist, regenerate and repair throughout endless incursions into their environs.
Descended from a family of traditional Northwest Coast carvers, Barkhouse's proficient handling of sculptural materials such as wood, bronze, porcelain, metal and glass, bring both a refined sensibility and a solemn tone to her deceptively playful installations. These elegant artworks offer a quiet beauty while revealing the difficult struggle over territory that continues amongst humans, animals and the environment ... more
Mary Anne Barkhouse: Le Rêve aux Loups.
Guest curator: Jennifer Rudder.

In her first solo exhibition in Toronto, Mary Anne Barkhouse invokes the animal inhabitants of the land in artworks that reveal the transitory nature of empire, highlighting both the triumphs and betrayals that delineate history north of the 49th parallel. Comprising a series of new and recent sculptures and drawings, Le Rêve aux Loups reflects on our skewed experience of nature as a resource for human needs, rather than an ecosystem with its own intrinsic value.

Deeply engaged with environmental and Indigenous issues, Barkhouse's artistic practice foregrounds a visual iconography where animals play a central role. She situates her work between the two worlds of the human and the natural, employing the beaver, raven, wolf and coyote as symbols of the ability to adapt and persist, regenerate and repair throughout endless incursions into their environs.

Descended from a family of traditional Northwest Coast carvers, Barkhouse's proficient handling of sculptural materials such as wood, bronze, porcelain, metal and glass, bring both a refined sensibility and a solemn tone to her deceptively playful installations. These elegant artworks offer a quiet beauty while revealing the difficult struggle over territory that continues amongst humans, animals and the environment.
DIGITAL PROGRAMMING ... more
DIGITAL PROGRAMMING –
KOFFLER.DIGITAL – The Koffler's online platform for 100% original FREE, awesome digital arts content. http://kofflerarts.org/ideas-media/koffler-digital/ ... more
KOFFLER.DIGITAL – The Koffler's online platform for 100% original FREE, awesome digital arts content. http://kofflerarts.org/ideas-media/koffler-digital/.