Presented by Georgiana Uhlyarik, Associate Curator, Canadian, Art Gallery of Ontario and Adelina Vlas, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario
This conversation between curators, activists and thinkers will focus on issues related to how public institutions, community organizations and collectives can shape and change the discourse of public art in the 21st century. Each panellist will offer a diverse perspective informed by individual experiences with public art projects that activate sites through a range of strategies, and create collective and shared stories that continue to resonate beyond the temporary intervention. A common thread for the participants will be to address the meaningful and long- lasting impact these projects have on the life and flow of the city. Can public art make us aware of the spaces we share and use in the city? Can it respond and shape the understanding of the time we live in? Can it resist normative uses of public spaces and reclaim sites? Can it engage those who encounter it?
Panelists: Susan Blight, co-founder of The Ogimaa Mikana Project; Emelie Chhangur, Assistant Director/Curator at AGYU; Mona Filip, Director/Curator of the Koffler Gallery at the Koffler Centre of the Arts; Umbereen Inayet, Event Supervisor, Programming / City of Toronto / Nuit Blanche Toronto; Srimoyee Mitra, Director of Stamps Gallery, University of Michigan; November Paynter, Director of Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada. Moderators: Georgiana Uhlyarik, Associate Curator, Canadian, Art Gallery of Ontario. Adelina Vlas, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario.