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BALINT ZSAKO: BLOOD OR­ANGE ex­am­ines ques­tions of con­trol and self­de­ter­mi­na­tion. The New York-based artist wanted to look at th­ese com­pli­cated con­tem­po­rary is­sues through the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of con­verg­ing bod­ies. The wa­ter­colour paint­ings on pa­per de­pict group­ings of fig­ures that in­ter­act and in­ter­sect. Ren­dered in ev­ery­thing from bright hues to grey monochromes, the fig­ures change colour or den­sity in the ar­eas where they over­lap. Birch Con­tem­po­rary (129 Te­cum­seth St., 416-365-3003). Un­til Oct. 14. FAR AND NEAR: THE DIS­TANCE(S) BE­TWEEN US brings to­gether sev­eral gen­er­a­tions of Cana­dian artists of Chi­nese des­cent, of­fer­ing per­spec­tives into the Chi­nese Cana­dian com­mu­nity’s his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural evo­lu­tions and de­vel­op­ments. Don’t miss the video screen­ing of works by Jennifer Chan, Richard Fung, Brenda Joy Lem, Ho Tam, Lisa Wong and Wayne Yung, fol­lowed by a Q&A this Fri­day from 7-9 p.m. Hart House (7 Hart House Cir., 416-978-1838). Un­til Oct. 29. FER­MENT­ING FEM­I­NISM, CU­RATED BY LAU­REN FOURNIER Kom­bucha, guts, bac­te­ria, ves­sels, vi­tal­ism, ef­fer­ves­cence, degra­da­tion and de­cay. This ex­hibit brings to­gether artists whose work fleshes out the in­ter­sec­tions be­tween fer­men­ta­tion and in­ter­sec­tional fem­i­nisms. It has taken dif­fer­ent forms: be­gin­ning as a pub­li­ca­tion, it has evolved into site-spe­cific ex­hi­bi­tions, in­stal­la­tions and screenings in Toronto, Ber­lin, Copen­hagen and Kansas City. Open­ing re­cep­tion tonight from 6-9 p.m. Crit­i­cal Dis­tance (180 Shaw St., Suite #302, 647930-6930). Un­til Nov. 26. HARD TWIST 12: YARN is a show of tex­tile-based art, with artists spin­ning a tale with­out words, but with thread. Hard Twist has be­come an im­por­tant event in the Cana­dian tex­tile art com­mu­nity and a sig­na­ture event for the Glad­stone. Glad­stone Ho­tel (1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635). Un­til Jan. 7. IN SEARCH OF LINES is a project meant to map out the dif­fer­ent parts of the jour­ney Syr­ian new­com­ers have un­der­taken that fi­nally lead them to Toronto. The project, through film, pho­tog­ra­phy, sculp­ture and paint­ing, is meant to il­lus­trate the di­verse ex­pe­ri­ences of six in­di­vid­u­als as they ven­ture through fa­mil­iar and un­fa­mil­iar places. Open­ing this Fri­day at 6:30 p.m., so join for open­ing cer­e­monies and re­fresh­ments. Riverdale Hub (1326 Ger­rard St. E., 416-465-6021). This week­end. MAK­ING PEACE TORONTO presents the work of more than 100 pho­tog­ra­phers and artists. It pays tribute to peo­ple who de­vote their time, en­ergy and re­sources to the cause of peace. Dis­played along Front St. E., be­tween Cooper­age St. and Cork­town Com­mon. Mak­ing Peace Pop-up Gallery (482 Front St. E., Toronto.mak­ing­ Un­til Sept. 24. NORTH­ERN TOUCH: THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW WERE DE­SIGNED IN CANADA of­fers a small win­dow into the na­tional stu­dios, fa­cil­i­ties and labs where in­no­va­tion in de­sign and tech­nol­ogy has taken place. Cana­dian mak­ers, de­sign­ers, tin­ker­ers and star­tups con­tinue to push the en­ve­lope, changing the land­scapes of where and how we live, eat, work, learn and play. De­sign Ex­change (234 Bay St., 416-363-6121). Un­til Sept. 24. ON­SITE GALLERY’S GRAND OPEN­ING AND STREET PARTY Cel­e­brate Canada’s best Indige­nous art, cul­ture and mu­sic at the grand open­ing of OCAD U’s On­site Gallery with two must-see ex­hi­bi­tions. The street party will fea­ture live per­for­mances, well-known Indige­nous artists and re­marks by po­lit­i­cal and com­mu­nity lead­ers. On­site Gallery 199 Rich­mond St. W., 416-977-6000). Satur­day, 12-6 p.m. SKATE GIRLS OF KABUL Bri­tish pho­tog­ra­pher Jes­sica Ful­ford-Dob­son trav­elled to Afghanistan to doc­u­ment young girls par­tic­i­pat­ing in a pro­gram called Skateis­tan — an in­ter­na­tional NGO founded in 2009 in Kabul to pro­vide girls with a place to skate safely and a route into ed­u­ca­tion. Her en­gag­ing pho­to­graphs deftly un­der­mine cul­tural, re­li­gious and gen­der stereo­types. Aga Khan Park (77 Wyn­ford Dr., North York, 416-6464677). Un­til Oct. 8. SKIN DEEP, SKIM­MING THE PAGES This group show ex­plores the tech­niques with which artists ap­proach the cen­turiesold sub­ject mat­ter of the hu­man fig­ure in the dig­i­tal age. It high­lights di­a­logue be­tween art his­tory and the here-and-now, rein­vent­ing the erotic clas­si­cism of the past. Open­ing this Sun­day from 5-7 p.m. Drake One Fifty (150 York St., 416-3636150). Un­til Sept. 1, 2018. UN­TAMED THINGS Eleven bush-trekking Cana­dian artists re­trace the jour­neys of one of Canada’s great­est pain­ters in a year-long project cul­mi­nat­ing in this ex­hi­bi­tion. It com­mem­o­rates the 100th an­niver­sary of Tom Thom­son’s death. Arta Gallery (14 Dis­tillery Lane, 416-3642782). Un­til Tues­day.


Bri­tish pho­tog­ra­pher Jes­sica Ful­ford-Dob­son’s ex­hibit Skate Girls of Kabul is on dis­play un­til Oct. 8 at Aga Khan Park.

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