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Ed Pien Present: Past/Future Opening

two photos of a woman, on the left she is holding a tabby cat to her face while taking drag on a cigarette, with a nature motif mural on the wall behind her, on the right she is wearing a deep pink tank top, standing in a square at night, looking at the camera in  three quarter profil

Ed Pien. Dionne Clementina Anyo Reyes, 2019. Diptych: two colour digital prints on rag-cotton paper, 53.3 × 78.7 cm each print. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Claudio Pelaez Sordo



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Special Events

Ed Pien Present: Past/Future Opening

Saturday, June 25, 2 pm
J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous and Canadian Art

Join artist Ed Pien and curator Catherine Sicot to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Present: Past/Future. Toronto-based Ed Pien has been meeting twice a year with a group of elders in San Agustin, a suburban neighborhood of Havana, Cuba. Combining audio, video, photography and furniture into an immersive, multisensory environment, Present: Past/Future poignantly weaves together stories shared by the elders and moments captured by Pien since 2014.

This event is from 2-4 pm with remarks at 2 pm, and a book signing with Ed Pien in ShopAGO at 3:30 pm

Present: Past/Future is presented in Spanish with translation. Guest curated by Catherine Sicot, the exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue, produced by Elegoa Cultural Productions and Le Centre Sagamie with support from the AGO, Birch Contemporary, Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain and Carlos Yep.

Ed Pien is a Canadian artist based in Toronto. He has been making art for over 30 years. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he immigrated to Canada with his family at age eleven. Pien has shown extensively, both nationally and internationally, in venues that include the Drawing Centre, NYC: the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Canadian Culture Centre in Paris; The Goethe Institute in Berlin; The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; The Art Gallery of Ontario; Musée des beaux arts, Montreal; Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal; Songzhuang Art Centre, Beijing; the National Art Gallery of Canada; as well as Oboro. He has participated in the 2000 and 2002 Montreal Biennales; the 18th Edition of the Sydney Biennale, “Oh Canada”, at MASS MoCA. Pien also presented work at the 5th Edition of the Moscow Biennale, and the Beijing International Art Biennale. The Corridor of Rain was featured at the Curitiba Biennial, in Brazil in 2018.


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