Winter 2020 Exhibitions at The Power Plant


On view from 25 January to 10 May 2020, The Power Plant is pleased to present four solo exhibitions by Canadian and international artists. Solo exhibitions by Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (Guatemala/Canada) and Dawit L. Petros (Eritrea/ Canada) join exhibitions by Naeem Mohaiemen (Bangladesh/USA) and Rashid Johnson (USA), on view since Fall 2019.

Join us as we launch the season with a FREE Public Opening Party on Friday, 24 January 2020 from 8–11 PM.

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa: Asymmetries

Curator: Lauren Barnes
Assistant Curator: Justine Kohleal

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa produces sculptures, performance works and paintings that draw on literature, Latin American history, folklore, contemporary conspiracy theories and childhood memories. Referring to traumatic or tragic events — in particular Guatemala’s civil war (1960—96), which forced Ramírez-Figueroa and certain members of his family to immigrate to Vancouver as refugees in the 1980s — his works are imbued with a playful, sometimes dream-like quality. Using both sculptural objects and his body, Ramírez-Figueroa creates scenarios and installations that bring to light unbalanced power relationships in the history of Guatemala and beyond.

Dawit L. Petros: Spazio Disponibile

Guest Curator: Irene Campolmi
Assistant Curator: Amin Alsaden, Nancy McCain & Bill Morneau Curatorial Fellow

Dawit L. Petros presents a new body of work that underlines the unexplored links between colonization, migrations and modernism. Spazio Disponibile — Italian for ‘Available Space’ — scrutinizes historical gaps in European memory, particularly that of modern Italy. Alluding to vacant advertising sections that appeared in Rivista Coloniale, a widely circulated early 20th century magazine and the official organ of the Italian colonial project, the title is also a reference to the colonial gaze that viewed the lands of Africa as ‘available space’ to occupy and exploit. Composed of a multimedia installation of serigraphs, photographs, sculptural works, a film and soundscape, the works highlight the ties between the contemporary resurgence of nationalism in Italy and a suppressed colonial past.

Naeem Mohaiemen: What we found after you left

Curator: Lauren Barnes

Naeem Mohaiemen’s multi-part exhibition, What we found after you left, continues with the films Two Meetings and a Funeral (2017) and Afsan’s Long Day, The Young Man Was: Part 2 (2014), as well as accompanying ‘footnotes’, which further expand on the films’ themes. Mohaiemen’s work across films, installations and essays excavates historical moments via fiction, documentary and archives, overlapping micro stories and macro histories.

Rashid Johnson: Anxious Audience

Curator: Lauren Barnes
Assistant Curator: Amin Alsaden, Nancy McCain & Bill Morneau Curatorial Fellow

Rashid Johnson’s Anxious Audience continues the artist’s first solo presentation in Canada with a monumental site-specific commission for The Power Plant’s Clerestory. Since 2015, his output has encompassed representational works entitled Anxious Audiences. For The Power Plant, Johnson developed an ambitious new work in this series that envelops visitors amongst an accumulation of portraits incised into a mixture of West African black soap and wax, which sits atop white tile panels. Reflecting a sense of collective unease, this crowd of faces emerges through a process of ‘drawing through erasure’ into the viscous black surfaces.

Winter 2020 Programs and Events

We are determined to ensure our exhibitions and programs are accessible to all. With the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Rakuten Kobo, the gallery is able to provide audio recordings of wall texts, select programs with American Sign Language interpreters and outreach workshops, among other initiatives.

Learn more about exhibiting artists’ processes and works during a Performative Lecture by Dawit L. Petros and guest curator Irene Campolmi and an In Conversation program with Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa and Curator of Exhibitions Lauren Barnes. Enjoy the Italy and East Africa: Unexplored Histories Symposium, which will consider multiple perspectives about Italian colonization in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Libya, providing additional context for Dawit L. Petros’s exhibition.

Our annual fundraiser, Face to Face, is not to be missed. Taking place on 26 February 2020, this unique event brings Toronto’s cultural leaders and contemporary art patrons together with artists for an intimate dinner and conversation. This year, invited artists include Stephen Andrews, Shary Boyle, Brenda Draney, Pascal Grandmaison, Iris Häussler, Sasha Huber, Shona Illingworth, Geoffrey James, Laurie Kang, Jeremy Laing, Sandra Meigs, Jennifer Murphy, Jennifer Sciarrino, Syrus Marcus Ware, Tim Whiten and more.

Participate in our Portfolio Nights and Master Classes, which provide Artist Members the opportunity to discuss their work with our curators, exhibiting artists and special guests. Our Sunday Scene series brings in artists and professionals from across disciplines to offer dynamic perspectives about current exhibitions. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring children to our widely popular Power Kids programs, each of which begins with a brief tour of the galleries, followed by hands-on art making.

Winter 2020 Presenting Sponsor


Support for Asymmetries includes Lead Donor: Hal Jackman Foundation; Major Donors: Phil Lind & Ellen Roland; Support Donors: Catherine Barbaro & Tony Grossi, Bita Doagoo & Mazyar Mortazavi, Fonds Hamelys, Jill Homenuk, Liza Mauer & Andrew Sheiner; Supported by Panasonic.

Support for Spazio Disponibile includes Lead Donor: Lonti Ebers; Support Donors: Jennifer Grant & David Dattels; Donors: Yvonne & David Fleck, Dr. Kenneth Montague & Ms. Sarah Aranha; International Arts Partner: Instituto Italiano di Cultura; Supported by: Tiwani Contemporary, The A.G. Leventis Foundation.

Support for What we found after you left includes Presenting Donor: Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation; Supported by: Experimenter.

Support for Anxious Audience includes Presenting Donors: Alison & Jim Christodoulis; Lead Sponsor: ProWinko; Support Donors: Jay Smith & Laura Rapp; Donors: Nadine Léonard, Alan & Alison Schwartz; Supported by: David Kordansky Gallery, Hauser & Wirth.


Admission to The Power Plant is ALL YEAR, ALL FREE, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal Financial Group.

Director: Gaëtane Verna

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Image: Dawit L. Petros, Untitled (Epilogue I) Nefasit, Eritrea, 2019. Courtesy the artist.