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Sediment: The Archive as a Fragmentary Base

Works by:

Sandra Brewster, Filipa César, Justine A. Chambers, Michael Fernandes, Louis Henderson, Pamila Matharu, and Krista Belle Stewart

Sediment: The Archive as a Fragmentary Base

Curated by Denise Ryner


Opening Night:

Wednesday, January 17
6pm–8pm


Exhibition Dates:

January 17–March 23, 2024


Location:

Art Museum at the University of Toronto
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
(in Hart House)
7 Hart House Circle

Sedimentation is a geological process of settlement and solidification. Free-floating fragments come to rest at the bottom of a body of water where over time they lose their liquid content. Then gravitational pressure transforms these fragments into solid rock beds that not only become a firm base, but each layer serves as a record of human and natural activity.

The artists in this exhibition re-imagine the archive as these material fragments that may narrate presences, proximities, and solidarities. Sandra Brewster, Filipa César, Justine A. Chambers, Michael Fernandes, Louis Henderson, Pamila Matharu, and Krista Belle Stewart present image, sonic, and performance recontextualizations of state and official repositories, as well as familial and personal documents, to engage the archival image as counter-image through collapses of time, embodied memory, witnessing, and storytelling.

This presentation is an augmented version of an exhibition first produced and presented in 2023 at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University.

Exhibition Resources

Press Release
Exhibition Essay
Large Text

Call for Participation: Michael Fernandes, Room of Fears

Submit your fear through Sunday, January 14

CANCELLED: Performance: Justine A. Chambers, Heirloom

Wednesday, January 17, 5:30pm
East Common Room, Hart House

Opening Reception: Winter 2024 Exhibitions

Wednesday, January 17, 6pm–8pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Becoming Collective through the Archive

Saturday, January 20, 2pm–4pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Contemporary Art Bus Tour

Sunday, February 18, 12pm–4pm
Art Museum, 7 Hart House Circle and the Blackwood Gallery, 3359 Mississauga Rd.
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