Meryl McMaster, Edge of a Moment

Meryl McMaster. Edge of a Moment, 2017. Inkjet print, 152.4 × 239.7 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Katzman Contemporary. © Meryl McMaster

Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood

June 29 – December 10, 2017


Taking over the entire fourth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower, Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood explores three urgent questions through the eyes of some of the country’s best emerging and established artists: where has Canada come from, what it is now, and where is it going?

The 150th anniversary of Canada is a moment to rewrite and reclaim the official narrative of Canadian history and move into the future with new insight. Acknowledging that Canada’s sesquicentennial represents a narrow slice of time in the larger historical record of the land, the artworks featured in this exhibition engage with a broad range of cultural, traditional, spiritual and land-based stories. At the heart of the exhibition is the belief that Canada is a dynamic work in progress anchored by strong Indigenous voices and a complexity of cultures and identities.

The multimedia installation features new and recent projects by artists from across Canada, including Gu Xiong and Yu Gu, Robert Houle, Meryl McMaster, Seth, Esmaa Mohamoud, Ed Pien and Shuvinai Ashoona, among many others who are shaping Canada’s next generation of artists.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario

Curated by Andrew Hunter (the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art) with Quill Christie-Peters (artist and youth educator), Anique Jordan (Exhibition Co-curator) and Laura Robb (AGO Interpretive Planner).

Every. Now. Then. artists

  • Barry Ace
  • Samaiyu Akesuk
  • Shuvinai Ashoona
  • Amalie Atkins
  • Michael Belmore
  • Quill Christie
  • Ruth Cuthand
  • Bonnie Devine
  • Rosalie Favell
  • Shauntay Grant with Annie Simmonds and Shyronn Smardon
  • Yu Gu
  • Lisa Hirmer
  • Robert Houle
  • PA System and Embassy of Imagination
  • Abedar Kamgari
  • Myung-Sun Kim
  • Charmaine Lurch
  • Meryl McMaster
  • Laura Millard
  • Esmaa Mohamoud and Qendrim Hoti
  • Norval Morrisseau
  • Lisa Myers
  • Ed Pien and Merrell-Ann S. Phare
  • Tim Pitsiulak
  • Curtis Talwst Santiago
  • Seth
  • Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak
  • Jeff Thomas
  • Camal Pirbhai and Camille Turner
  • Syrus Marcus Ware
  • Tyshan Wright
  • Gu Xiong
  • Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

Possession Project

  • Britta B
  • Topher Kong
  • Humboldt Magnussen
  • Sofia Mesa
  • Sister Co-Resister (Kiera Boult, Marilyn Fernandes, Ananda Gabo, Ashlee Harper, Shaista Latif, Syliva Limbana, Pamila Matharu and Annie Wong)
  • William Andrew Finlay Stewart
  • Ekow Stone
  • Marjan Verstappen

This exhibition is included with general admission.

Located in the Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art, 4th floor.


Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood

Edited by Andrew Hunter


Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood catalogue cover

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