The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, announces its exhibitions and public programming from February 3 to May 14, 2023.
Along with exciting public activities, Canada’s leading public contemporary art gallery showcases exhibitions about intimacy, resistance, and community.
The Power Plant is celebrating its 35th anniversary with two solo shows. Brenda Draney, an Edmonton-based Cree artist from Sawridge First Nation, will debut six freshly commissioned works, while Amartey Golding, a multidisciplinary artist from the United Kingdom, will have his first solo exhibition in Canada. In addition, the gallery is hosting the first episode of a two-part group exhibition including six Ontario-based artists: Rouzbeh Akhbari, Joi T. Arcand, Aylan Couchie, Simon Fuh, Anique Jordan, and Julia Rose Sutherland.
A series of conversations with the exhibiting artists; a master class with Brenda Draney for Ontario-based artists; a screening of Graham Foy’s TIFF-premiered film The Maiden (2022); and a special performance in response to Amartey Golding’s exhibition are among the public programs accompanying the Winter 2023 season. Sunday Scene and Power Kids will remain on select Sundays during the season.
Amartey Golding: In the comfort of embers
Amartey Golding’s first solo show in Canada includes three films: Chainmail 3, 2018, from his Chainmail series, and Bring Me to Heal 1 and 2, both from 2021. These projections are complemented with two sculptures that are clothes seen in the films, as well as images that expand on the visuals and storylines in the projections.
Brenda Draney: Drink from the river
Brenda Draney’s first solo exhibition at The Power Plant, Drink from the River, offers a selection of existing and newly commissioned pieces that explore the complexities of intimacy. The artist investigates the multiple meanings buried in common motifs and events, drawing on her own recollections and experiences living in Edmonton.
in parallel: Rouzbeh Akhbari, Joi T. Arcand, Aylan Couchie, Simon Fuh, Anique Jordan, and Julia Rose Sutherland
In parallel, a group exhibition brings together six artists from Tkaronto and adjacent areas to investigate how visual documentation and cultural practices may recover their unique communities’ narratives. The artists’ search for alternate histories reflects a desire to preserve ties to territories, peoples, and ways of life that have shaped who they are. They also demonstrate the impact of oppressive forces on countless communities around the world that are resisting erasure through land-based resistance.
Winter 2023 public programs
Artist workshop: Master class with Brenda Draney for practicing artists
Artist talk: Brenda Draney in conversation with Jacqueline Kok
Artist talk: Amartey Golding in conversation with Joséphine Denis
Artist panel discussion: in parallel artists Rouzbeh Akhbari, Joi T. Arcand, Aylan Couchie, Simon Fuh, Anique Jordan, and Julia Rose Sutherland engage in a lively discussion
Members event: Artist-led tour of in parallel
Film screening: The Maiden (2022), written and directed by Graham Foy
Performance: A performance in response to the work of Amartey Golding
Power Kids: Workshops for children aged 7–12 on select Sundays throughout the season
Sunday Scene: Thought leaders from the art world and beyond respond to the exhibitions