Events & Programming

Sunday Summer Reading Series

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The Sunday Summer Reading Series are a five-week long series of critical discussions on readings chosen and hosted by five artists, curators and organizers in a Toronto park, and are organized by Lauren Lavery.

2020 Artists:

Belinda Kwan (August 2, 2020)

  • We will be reading selections from: filling the Klein bottle an exhibition curated by Kwan which showed/will be at the Varley Art Gallery (Markham), InterAccess (Toronto) and Bunker 2 CAC (Toronto).

Belinda Kwan is a Chinese-Canadian settler curator interested in exhibitionary forms of critique, pedagogy, and advocacy. Her research-based practice explores how processes of knowledge translation and legitimization produce or influence transgenerational trauma. More recently, her work has focused on how notions of scientific and mathematic ‘objectivity’ shape the socio-political imaginary. She has curated the work of locally and internationally-known artists for the Society of Literature, Science, and the Arts (US/Canada); Varley Art Gallery (Markham); Art Gallery of York University (Toronto); and Myseum of Toronto. Her projects have been featured in Canadian Art and CBC Arts. Currently, Kwan is a Co-Director at Bunker 2 Contemporary Art Container and an executive board member of Trinity Square Video (Toronto).

Dallas Fellini (August 9, 2020)

  • We will be reading:
    • Excerpts by Andreas Angelidakis, Kimberly R. Drew, Juliana Huxtable, and Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad, from Façadomy Issue 01: Gender Talents, Edited by Riley Hooker. (*cw: contains transphobic and homophobic slurs*)
    • Trans* – Gender Transitivity and New Configurations of Body, History, Memory and Kinship, by Jack Halberstam (*cw: contains transphobic slurs*)
    • Excerpt from Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe, by John Boswell

Dallas Fellini is a writer, curator, and artist living as a guest in Tkaronto/Toronto. Their practice is invested in interdisciplinarity and the dissolution of boundaries between different art forms and arts communities. Dallas holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from OCAD University and has published or forthcoming work in Canadian Art, The Journal of Curatorial Studies, C Magazine, Peripheral ReviewThe Journal of Visual & Critical Studies, and Acta Victoriana. Dallas works as a programming coordinator at the Riverdale Hub and is the cofounder of Silverfish, a new arts publication devoted to interdisciplinary collaboration, skill-sharing, and cultivating ongoing dialogues between emerging Toronto artists and writers.

Noor Bhangu (August 16, 2020)

  • We will be reading:
    • The Going Insurrection by Sarah Rifky.

Noor Bhangu is a curator and scholar, whose practice employs cross-cultural encounters to interrogate issues of diaspora and indigeneity in post- and settler-colonial contexts. Through curatorial intervention, she hopes to involve politics of history, memory and materiality to problematize dominant histories and strategies of presentation. Her curatorial work has been programmed at School of Art Gallery, Gallery 1C03, and La Maison de artistes visuels de francophones in Winnipeg, as well as Latitude 53 in Edmonton, Galerie AMU in Prague and Somos in Berlin. She is currently working on a three-project exhibition on the history of Islamic Ornament, the first of which will open at Stride Gallery, Calgary in Summer 2021.

Brit Bachmann (August 23, 2020)

  • We will be reading selections from the archives of Issue Magazine including:
    • Some are Weather-Wise; Some Otherwise: Criticism in Vancouver by William Wood
    • Selected “Spicy Samplings” chosen by Brit Bachmann
    • A Glossary of terms organized by Brit Bachmann

Brit Bachmann is a multidisciplinary artist, and Executive Director at UNIT/PITT Society for Art and Critical Awareness, an artist-run organization situated on land belonging to the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, also known as Vancouver. She was previously Editor-In-Chief at Discorder Magazine (2015-18), and has worked for The Cinematheque, Capture Photography Festival, and VIVO Media Arts Centre. Through her writing and curating, Brit engages in institutional critique and topics surrounding gentrification, artwashing and accessibility. Brit is the organizer and publisher of ReIssue.pub (forthcoming), in collaboration with Casey Wei. Brit also throws clay, and records abstract sounds for radio.

Cadence Planthara (August 30, 2020) 

  • We will be reading selections from:
    • Powr Mastrs Vol. 2 by C.F.
    • Whereas by Layli Long Soldier
    • Schizophrene by Bhanu Kapil
    • My Conversations With Canadians by Lee Maracle

Cadence Planthara makes functional objects and installations. Through careful attention and play, she constellates disparate raw materials, inherited and found objects, producing new forms for use and consideration. Planthara’s practice stems from a desire to be in better relationship with others, and is informed by their heritage as a person of mixed South Asian and European descent born and living on stolen land. Her work has recently been exhibited at Pumice Raft (Toronto), Hearth (Toronto), Trinity Square Video (Toronto), and the Ministry of Casual Living (Victoria, BC).

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2019 Artists:

Larissa Tiggelers (August 5, 2019)

  • The chapter, “Why Bother” from Second Thoughts by Angie Keefer. The discussion was hosted in Christie Pits Park.

Vince Rozario (August 11, 2019)

  • The chapter, “Representation” by Jaleh Mansoor and “The Problem with Representation” a transcription of a podcast episode by Gabrielle De La Puente and Zarina Muhammad of The White Pube. The discussion was hosted in Dufferin Grove Park.

Mohammad Rezaei (August 18, 2019)

  • On Optimism and Despair by Zadie Smith, “by the strike of a match, or her good strike of lightning” by Natasha Chaykowski, and MIA and the Defence of Nuance by Fariha Roisin. The discussion was hosted in Dufferin Grove Park.

Katie Kotler (August 25, 2019)

  • “Light Effects: On Miyoko Ito’s Abstract Interventions” by Dan Nadel, “Helen Frankenthaler, Abstract Painter Who Shaped a Movement, Dies at 83” by Grace Glueck for the NY Times and the video, “Hilma af Klint” produced by the Guggenheim. The discussion was hosted at Dovercourt Park.

Safia Siad (September 1, 2019)

  • “Love as Political Resistance”, an excerpt from adrienne maree brown’s ‘Pleasure Activism’, and “Where Does Art Get To Live? A Conversation Between Anique Jordan and Michèle Pearson Clarke” from Momus. The discussion was hosted at Sorauren Avenue Park.

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