re: placement, can we find a way?

April–July 2019

CONSENT IS, Aidan Cowling, Marina Fathalla, Thompson Nguyen, Aislinn Thomas, Khanh Tudo, QTBIPOC sauga, Alize Zorlutuna

Curated by Anu Radha Verma

“I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.”
–Jorge Luis Borges

Mississauga is a place of complexities: pasts that scream to be recognized or remembered; futures that seem contrary to the constant push of “development” marked by towers, malls and claims of diversity; and presents/presence of demands that can be traced along the fractured lines of roads, boundaries and barriers. These complexities run parallel to the simple almost-comic depictions of what the suburbs are: bedroom communities, conservative bastions where nothing interesting or political happens, wannabe places decades “behind” their big city siblings.

How do space, place and “justice” make themselves known, or felt in this suburban landscape?

re: placement, can we find a way? is a set of public programs intended to confront (some of) the complexities of Mississauga. Curated by Anu Radha Verma, re: placement, can we find a way? features artists across disciplines, who each offer up a meditation on these suburbs by interrogating place, space, access, meaning, community and connection.


April 26, 6–9pm
Small Arms Inspection Building
6:30pm: Launch of public programming, as well as curator chai and chat
7pm: We Can Find a Way: QTBIPOC performances (feat. Manghoe Lassi, Tifa Wine, Saadia Khan, Ro, and Sharan Dhaliwal), in collaboration with QTBIPOC sauga

May 4, 1–4pm
Small Arms Inspection Building
1pm: Anonymous Aesthetics with Aidan Cowling
2:30 pm: Leaving the table: How to draw an imagined place with Alize Zorlutuna

May 11, 1–3:30pm
Sheridan Branch Library, Meeting Room
Counter-narrative to the dissolution of Sheridan Centre with Marina Fathalla

May 18, 2-3:30pm
Dixie Outlet Mall
Fast and Slow Walkers of Dixie Mall with Aislinn Thomas

May 23, 6–9pm
Mississauga Central Library, Classroom 2
Retracing Queer Suburbia with Thompson Nguyen
This event is for queer and trans, Black, Indigenous and people of colour to attend

June 1, 12–3pm
Small Arms Inspection Building
We Can Find a Way: QTBIPOC artists (feat. screening of HARD TO LOVE by Chloe Kirlew and Tiana Smith), in collaboration with QTBIPOC sauga

July 8 – 10
Location forthcoming
Public education and artist talk with CONSENT IS

July 27, 4–5 pm
Small Arms Inspection Building
Gentle Durian and artist talk with Khanh Tudo

All programs are FREE of charge.

re: placement, can we find a way? is part of Public Volumes, a multi-sited project that brings together exhibitions, public programming and writing that centre around broad interpretations of spatial justice. Public Volumes is curated by Noa Bronstein.

On view until May 5 at Small Arms Inspection Building:
Joi T. Arcand, Cathy Busby, Stephanie Comilang, Sheena Hoszko, Germaine Koh, HaeAhn Paul Kwon Kajander, Morris Lum, Dawit L. Petros, jes sachse, Kara Springer

On view until May 5 at Bradley Museum:
soJin Chun, LeuWebb Projects

On view until April 20 at City Hall:
Amanda White

Small Arms Inspection Building
1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9
905-615-4860 ext 2110

Bradley Museum
1620 Orr Road, Mississauga, ON L5J 4T2
905-615-4860 ext 2110

Mississauga City Hall
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario Canada L5B 3C1
905-615-4860 ext 2110

Image: Anu Radha Verma, ache + wait for transit, 2015.