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Ed Pien. Marcelino Povea Vives, 2019. Diptych: two colour digital prints. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Claudio Pelaez Sordo and Ed Pien

Ed Pien: Present: Past/Future

June 25, 2022 - June 4, 2023

Located on level 2 in gallery 231.

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Present: Past/Future is a reflection on the passage of time as told by the people who have lived it. Toronto-based artist 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.

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. See further information on the project’s commission and collaborators.


Ed Pien Ed Pien is a Taiwanese-born Canadian artist who received an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western University and an MFA from York University. He has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, including at 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. His work explores the notion of time, the sentience of nature, as well as the representation of trauma, resilience, and empathy.

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