Sunday Summer Reading Series
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 Events Notice:
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event series this year will happen online via Instagram Live and Zoom. Stay tuned to our Instagram page (@peripheralreview) for more updates.
There will be a private Zoom meeting link sent out a week in advance of the talk, please RSVP by email each week for the link to participate digitally, with RSVP: followed by the date in your subject line, to receive a digital copy of the readings and the Zoom meeting link.
You will not need to RSVP to watch on Instagram Live. More details on how to connect will be sent out in advance of each talk by email and on our social media.
Belinda Kwan (August 2, 2020)
- We will be reading selections from: filling the Klein bottle an exhibition curated by Kwan which showed at the Varley Art Gallery (Markham), InterAccess (Toronto) and Bunker 2 CAC (Toronto) this year.
- To receive the readings in advance of the talk email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: RSVP – Reading Series Aug 2
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)
Dallas Fellini is an arts facilitator, writer, and artist living and working in Tkaronto/Toronto. Their practice is invested in interdisciplinarity and the dissolution of unproductive boundaries between different art forms and arts communities. Their research and writing centres on topics spanning anonymity, graffiti, popular culture, queerness, and dance. Dallas holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from OCAD University and is the 2019 recipient of the Medal in Visual and Critical Studies.
Noor Bhangu (August 16, 2020)
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. She completed her BA in the History of Art and her MA in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices at the University of Winnipeg. In 2018, she began her PhD in Communication and Culture at Ryerson and York University in Tkaronto, Toronto.
Brit Bachmann (August 23, 2020)
Brit Bachmann is a multidisciplinary artist living and working on land belonging to the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, also known as Vancouver BC. Her practice teeters between writing, radio art and visual art, working predominantly with clay. Brit is the Executive Director of UNIT/PITT Society for Art and Critical Awareness, and the publisher of ReIssue Magazine (forthcoming). She has a BFA from the University of British Columbia.
Cadence Planthara (August 30, 2020)
Cadence Planthara creates functional objects and installations. Her work has recently been exhibited at Hearth (Toronto), Trinity Square Video (Toronto), the Ministry of Casual Living (Victoria, BC) and Xpace Cultural Centre (Toronto).
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.