Summer 2019 Exhibitions
The Power Plant is pleased to present three solo exhibitions by international artists. Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige present the landmark series On Scams alongside the first solo exhibitions in Canada for Mario Pfeifer and
Thomas J Price.
Summer 2019 Exhibitions
On View June 22 – September 2, 2019
Summer 2019 Opening Party
Friday, June 21, 8 – 11 PM
Join us for a FREE party to celebrate the launch of The Power Plant’s Summer 2019 Exhibition Season! Be amongst the first to experience exhibitions by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Mario Pfeifer and Thomas J Price.
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige
Curator: Lauren Barnes
On Scams by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (both born in Beirut, Lebanon, 1969) is a multi-part project exploring notions of trust and faith across geographical and virtual borders. Taking as their point of departure over 4000 scam emails collected since 1999, the artists explore the way that these messages’ emotional appeals and grounding in contemporary political events can prompt us to think afresh about the nature of belief and the geopolitical fault-lines of our time. In works across sculpture, drawing and installation, the artists use these emails to generate a reimagining of recent history. Like elements of a film in which fiction and reality are blurred, the exhibition’s works construct a web of stories.
If you end up with the story you started with, then you’re not listening along the way
Curator: Gaëtane Verna
Assistant Curator: Nabila Abdel Nabi
The work of Mario Pfeifer (born 1981 in Dresden, Germany) centres on narratives often forced out of our frames of vision. The video installations presented at The Power Plant explore the complexities and contradictions of three distinct contexts. #blacktivist (2015) is a two-channel video installation produced in collaboration with Brooklyn rap group Flatbush ZOMBiES. Approximation (2014) was filmed with the Yaghan people in Tierra del Fuego, Chile, while Again (2018), confronts attitudes to immigration and justice in Germany. The exhibition’s title expresses Pfeifer’s resistance to preconceived conclusions and his perpetual interest in inviting us to question our own standpoints: his works compel us to think of our own behaviour and prejudices.
Thomas J Price
Curator: Justine Kohleal, RBC Curatorial Fellow
Since 2005, Thomas J Price (born 1981 in London, UK) has focused on creating what he terms ‘psychological portraits’ in sculpture. Ranging in size from small busts to monumental bronze statues, Price’s works depict the bodies, clothing and characteristics typically associated with black men. However, these works are not representations of actual people. Instead, they combine facial expressions drawn from ancient, classical and neo-classical sculpture, stereotypes represented in contemporary news media, and observed individuals. Inside the gallery, newly commissioned works and several smaller bronzes and photographs challenge the erasure of black bodies within the traditions of classical sculpture. Outside, Price’s Numen series (2016) and a cast-bronze titled Cover Up (The Reveal) (2019) confront viewers with images of black male bodies on a monumental scale.
Summer Programming at The Power Plant
Each exhibition season, The Power Plant is pleased to present numerous offerings for visitors to experience the works on view through artist talks, exhibition tours, film screenings and events. This Summer, we have a superb schedule of free public programming. Join us as Mario Pfeifer speaks with celebrated Canadian artist Stan Douglas and Thomas J Price speaks with RBC Curatorial Fellow Justine Kohleal. Experience a lecture performance and film screenings by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. Artist members of The Power Plant are invited to participate in one of three Master Classes with the exhibiting artists.
Summer Exhibitions Donors and Partners
Support for On Scams includes International Arts Partners: Ambassade de France au Canada and Institut Francais
Support for If you end up with the story you started with, then you’re not listening along the way includes International Arts Partner: Goethe Institut; Supported by: Audio Spotlight by Holosonics and KOW.
Support for Ordinary Men includes Lead Donors: Steven & Lynda Latner; Supported by: Chisel & Stone Masonry and Hales Gallery.
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presented by BMO Bank of Montreal Financial Group.
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