Carrie Mae Weems: Heave
May 4 – July 27, 2019
Presented in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Throughout her artistic trajectory, noted American artist Carrie Mae Weems has undertaken sustained investigations of social conflict. The multi-part installation Heave combines photography, video, news media sampling, as well as ephemera to probe the devastating effects of violence in our life and time. The complex installation explores the spectacle of violence in our contemporary lives relocating this present within sustained histories of conflict and uprising.
Weems’ exhibition in five parts, sited at distinct locations across Toronto, represents the artist’s first solo exhibition in Canada. Her work will be presented in two gallery exhibitions, including a new iteration of her recent project, Heave (2018), at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. The CONTACT Gallery will display a series of Weems’ photographic works, and present three major public art installations downtown, including on the exterior of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival. Weems will be in Toronto for her exhibition openings and a public lecture, with dates to be announced in January.
Programming details to be announced.
We gratefully acknowledge operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.