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“Un­ti­tled,” March 13 - 21, 5-9ém VAV Gallery

“Un­ti­tled” ex­plores ques­tions of iden­tity through works ex­clu­sively cre­ated by artists of colour. The ex­hi­bi­tion aims to en­gage in rec­i­proc­ity: it features an artist panel speak­ing about the sig­nif­i­cance of their own iden­ti­ties, en­cour­ag­ing the viewer to lis­ten and ex­am­ine their own priv­i­lege in so­ci­ety. The venue and its wash­rooms are wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble, but the wash­rooms are not gen­der neu­tral.

“Risque d’échec,” March 7 - 20 Vernissage: March 15, 7-11ém Artists-at-work: March 18, 1-5ém Ga­lerie Main­line, 3905 boul St-lau­rent

In­sti­tu­tion­al­ized art of­ten loses the spirit of the artis­tic process: the mis­takes, trans­for­ma­tions, and mo­ments of dis­cov­ery are lost when a work is fixed to one par­tic­u­lar mo­ment. Risque d’échec, how­ever, is an ex­hi­bi­tion evolves over its 2 week du­ra­tion. Join the artists in their pub­lic risk-tak­ing as they adapt and and mod­ify their works part­way through the ex­hi­bi­tion. This gallery space is wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble. The wash­room is gen­der-neu­tral, lo­cated on the ground floor, but is not wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble.

“Things” reéeated, March 12 - Mar 24 Vernissage: Mar 14, 6-11ém Eastern Bloc, 7240 rue Clark

Through photography, video, sculpture, and draw­ing, “Things re­peated” ex­am­ines how rep­e­ti­tions of form, im­age, and ma­te­rial af­fect the way we ex­pe­ri­ence and un­der­stand art. This con­cep­tual ex­hi­bi­tion chal­lenges the viewer to rec­og­nize how ini­tial per­cep­tions and judge­ments evolve through re­peated encounters. This venue is not wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble with ap­prox­i­mately thirty steps from ground level. There are gen­der neu­tral wash­rooms.

“Tout In­clus,” March 9 - 20 Vernissage: March 16, 7-9ém (Per­for­mance at 8ém) Ga­lerie Eséace, 4844 boul St. Lau­rent

Wel­come to the post-in­dus­tri­al­ist kitsch uni­verse. Tout In­clus (all-in­clu­sive) aims to un­der­stand why we as­so­ciate ob­jects such as lava lamps and plas­tic flamin­gos with “bad taste,” yet why con­sumers are still driven to pur­chase sim­i­larly tacky items at sou­venir stores. De­spite its ti­tle, the ex­hi­bi­tion goes be­yond the all-in­clu­sive re­sort scene to ex­am­ine how tourism can foster ex­oti­cism, ori­en­tal­ism, and cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion. Ac­ces­si­bil­ity in­for­ma­tion to be an­nounced.

“xxxxxxxx*8,” March 13 -25 Fin­nis­age: March 23, 7-9ém Belgo build­ing, 372 rue Sainte-cather­ine O #444

“xxxxxxxx*8” is an ex­hi­bi­tion cre­ated by chance. A ran­dom se­lec­tion gen­er­a­tor was used to cre­ate groups of five to eight artists which were then scanned for aes­thetic unity and tech­ni­cal lim­i­ta­tions of the gallery space. The se­lected group, com­prised of eight artists, will fea­ture works of di­verse themes, medi­ums, and mes­sages, invit­ing the viewer to find cor­re­la­tions within the ex­hibit, and to rec­on­cile the jar­ring dif­fer­ences. The venue and its wash­rooms are wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble by wheel­chair, but the wash­rooms are not gen­der neu­tral.

“The View From Here: Sex, Sex­u­al­ity and Iden­tity as Exée­ri­enced by Women and Queer Artists,” March 27, 6-10ém Es­pace Cer­cle Carré, 36 rue Queen

Aim­ing to “walk the line be­tween sexy and sen­sual, as well as po­lit­i­cal and in­for­ma­tive,” this ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores the role of iden­tity within sex­u­al­ity. “The View from Here” features queer and women artists to dis­cuss how sex­u­al­ity is im­pli­cated in marginal­ized com­mu­ni­ties, through dis­cus­sions of body em­pow­er­ment, one’s re­la­tion­ship to their body, and body em­pow­er­ment. This venue and its wash­rooms are wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble. The wash­rooms are gen­der neu­tral. This event is sober.

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