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Our features go in-depth on vital artists, exhibitions and movements shaping Canada’s cultural scene. Want to understand the deep background on what you see at the galleries? This is the place to start reading.

Vancouver at the Movies

Photoconceptualism has defined decades of art in Vancouver, but this branding is reductive. A closer look reveals another, stronger current: cinema.

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A Surrealist Film, Written by Children

Merray Gerges interviews Joële Walinga, director of Cave Small Cave Big, a surrealist short film written and designed by two five-year-old girls.

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Video: In the Studio with Laurie Kang

Laurie Kang misuses materials and disrupts structures in her photography and sculpture. See more in this studio-visit video by Brittany Shepherd.

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The Social-Mediafication of Museums

Corporate personhood is a fact of contemporary life—and its logic is increasingly seeping into our art institutions.

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Kathy Acker Goes to Toronto

In 1979, the post-punk literary legend Kathy Acker visited Toronto. She found a spirited art scene, a publisher and, for a while at least, new love.

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The Violence of Cultural Appropriation

Cultural appropriation is not limited to Halloween. In the art world, an artist’s so-called freedom often entails making Indigenous bodies expendable.

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Xenofeminism and New Tactics for the Left

An open-ended, multi-voiced, online manifesto repositions feminism, technology and the political left.

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Video: In the Studio with Jennifer Rose Sciarrino

Toronto artist Jennifer Rose Sciarrino blends equal parts research and speculative fiction in her projects—see more in this studio visit.

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My Mother Gave Me My IMFA—Indigenous Master’s of Fine Arts

Raven Davis’s mother offered a more robust art education than any extended-studies or PhD program, underscoring importance of alternate knowledge models.

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Anxiety Art for a New Era

In a hyper-medicated, social-media age, images give an unprecedented, voyeuristic window into anxiety—and where it dovetails with the performance of gender.

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Isaac Julien: On Political Expediency

UK artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien is in Toronto to revive two older works at the ROM—ones that feel uncannily relevant to current politics. Merray Gerges interviews.

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Kent Monkman: History Painting for a Colonized Canada

Kent Monkman knew that, for Canada 150, he had to speak directly to the colonial, genocidal policies that have marked the country’s history.

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