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“Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental” at AGO

“Fringe,” 2008, Rebecca Belmore, Cibachrome transparency in fluorescent lightbox, 81.5 x 244.8 x 16.7 cm. National
(Gallery of Canada, Purchase, 2011. © Rebecca Belmore)

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will host “Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental,” the largest ever survey exhibition of the works of the Canadian artist. The exhibition, opening on July 11, 2018,  features photography, sculpture and media installations from the past three decades.

Rebecca Belmore has been creating artworks concerning the pressing issues of the contemporary times for over 30 years now. Rooted in the political and social realities of indigenous communities, Belmore’s works make evocative connections among bodies, land, and language.

“Facing the Monumental,” curated by Curator of Indigenous Art,  Wanda Nanibush, marks the debut of three new large-scale Belmore works. Spread over the  Vivian and David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art at the museum’s fifth floor, the exhibition extends through a series of satellite installations into the AGO’s Galleria Italia, the AGO’s Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Sculpture Atrium, the AGO’s J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art, and the intersection of Queen and Bay streets in downtown Toronto. “Highlights of the exhibition include a 16-foot wide projection on moving water ‘Fountain’ (2005), her sculptural work ‘Biinjiya'iing Onji’ (From Inside) (2017), and ‘a marble tent that since its debut in Athens as part of  Documenta 14,’ has mirrored the path, from Greece through Germany and across the ocean, of so many migrants and refugees,” the gallery says.

“Belmore’s powerful works reveal a compelling duality: her lyrical representations of human dignity, the beauty of youth, a sleeping subject, the power of water or the quieting effect of snow are all images that exist in contrast to the turmoil of our world. Her art asks us to consider where we are, and what we face in our future,” said Wanda Nanibush. “These works, seen in isolation, are beautiful. The facts they address, the questions they ask and the violence they reflect on — that is what is political.”

“The world will be a different place in 20 years, and we have no idea what that looks like,” said Belmore. “I think that’s why we have conversations, that’s why we have to listen, that’s why we make art.”

The exhibition was inspired by a performance that the artist staged in Queen’s Park on Canada Day in 2012. It reflects Belmore’s desire to express politics through poetic gestures and beautiful images.

“Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental” will be on view from July 11 through October 21, 2018 at Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 1G4.

For details, visit: https://www.ago.net

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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