The Penitential Tyrant: Dolores Is Pain

image of a collage of popcorn and related activities, including farming, movies, magazine clippings

Image courtesy of the artist. 

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The Penitential Tyrant: Dolores Is Pain

Friday, September 16, 7 PM
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario

Join us for artist Adrià Julià’s film-performance The Penitential Tyrant: Dolores Is Pain. Offering a meditation on the history of production, consumption and expansion of popcorn in modern colonial history, the film-performance reflects on the historical and socioeconomic intricacies of the global corn industry and its relationship to Mexican culture  and the popularization of popcorn in the United States after the Great Depression.

Conceived by Adrià Julià
Written by Débora Antscherl and Adrià Julià
Performed by Stephen Park

This program is part of Place Settings, a two-year public art project curated by Noa Bronstein. Presented in partnership with  Critical Distance Centre for Curators, a not-for-profit gallery, publisher, and professional network devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial inquiry and practice in Toronto, Canada, and beyond.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Faith and Fortune: Art Across the Global Spanish Empire.

Adrià Julià received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, a Maisterschüler from the Universität der Künste Berlin, and a BFA from Universitat de Barcelona. His practice includes installations, film, photography, and performance. Solo exhibitions include those at the Miró Foundation (Barcelona), Tabakalera (San Sebastián, Spain), Museo Tamayo (Mexico City), Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach, California), Project Art Centre (Dublin), LAXART (Los Angeles) and Artists Space (New York). He participated in the Lyon, São Paulo, Mercosul, Kochi-Muziris, and Jakarta Biennales. 

This event will have live visual description available.  You will require your own smartphone and headphones to access the description.  Please  email [email protected] for more information.

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