generational echoes

Emma Nishimura, Generational Echoes I, 2019. Printed by Atelje Larsen, Helsingborg, Sweden. Photo-etching on paper. Sheet: 71.1 × 58.4 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario. Purchase, with funds from the Trier-Fodor Fund, and Edith Layne, 2021. © Emma Nishimura. 2021/62.

The Medium is the Message

August 13, 2022 – February 5, 2023

Located on the first floor in gallery 127.

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The three artists featured in this exhibition experiment with established artistic mediums to create works that challenge the stereotypes associated with them.  Offering personal readings about their respective cultures, the artworks shown in this gallery – all from the AGO Collection – push the boundaries of how we define printing and drawing. 

Brian Jungen takes words from a mass-produced print medium to question who gets to tell the stories of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Emma Nishimura uses the traditional practice of furoshiki wrapping to confront the painful history and intergenerational trauma of Japanese internment in Canada during the Second World War.

Niloofar Kasbi employs an Iranian ink technique and the popular decorative motif Gol-o-Morgh to emphasize the discrepancies between official state messaging and the realities of living in contemporary Iran. 

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