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“and I am the curator of this show1

with Sophie Bélair Clément, Walter Benjamin and an exhibition structure

“and I am the curator of this show1

March 23–April 14, 2018

curated by Christophe Barbeau

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

“and I am the curator of this show1is the title of this exhibition. It is also a quote from Kate Fowle’s opening remarks at a roundtable (NSK Embassy Moscow Revisited, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, August 1, 2014). Her statement simply referred to the exhibition in which the roundtable took place. But, what is this statement? What does it mean to claim authorship, or rather curatorship, over an exhibition? What does it mean to take, to enact or to be given this position? What does it mean to invite artists, artworks or objects into an institution, into an exhibition? What does it mean to “be” the “curator” of that show? With this exhibition, I am not trying to answer those questions but rather to ask them again. To ask them again, with Sophie Bélair Clément, Walter Benjamin, and an exhibition structure. I hope that this invitation finds you well.

Opening Reception

Friday March 23, 2018, 7-9pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council with additional project support from TD Insurance.

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