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Must-Sees This Week: August 11 to 17, 2016

Lots of great art exhibitions and events are taking place across the country this week. Here are our recommendations for debuting shows and events, and a few reminders about shows that are closing. Visit our Exhibition Finder for even more worthwhile shows that are already open.


Printmaker Alicia Nauta’s first solo show, “To light a candle is to cast a shadow,” opens at Possible Worlds on August 11. The Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival presents two exhibitions of contemporary Indigenous media-art as part of a gallery crawl on August 13: the first is “ᐃᓱᒪᒋᓇᒍ – isumaginagu – don’t think anything of it,” a solo exhibition by Geronimo Inutiq that opens at 5 p.m. at Gallery 101, followed by “Neon NDN: Indigenous Pop Art,” the first major survey of its kind, featuring Sonny Assu, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Kent Monkman and others opening at 7:30 p.m. at SAW Gallery. Central Art Garage hosts “An Ordered Absence” by Justine Skahan, a finalist in the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, on August 12 at 7 p.m. 


Les Territoires launches Toward Be / Longing: a compilation of Craigslist Missed Connections, a publication by naakita feldman-kiss, in conjunction with performances by the artist on August 11 at 6:30 p.m. Darling Foundry’s performance series “Filiations” concludes on August 11 at 7:30 p.m. with Danny Gaudreault and Kama La Mackerel. In “Aphrodite/Venus,” Marie Ségolène attempts to deconstruct the archetype of Aphrodite through photography, video and a live performance at POPOP Gallery on August 11 at 7 p.m.


“Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape” closes at UBC’s Belkin Art Gallery on August 14. The works in the exhibition question “old borders between the human and the non-human,” and range from Emily Carr and Lawren Harris to Glenn Ligon and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. On August 16 at 6 p.m., the Contemporary Art Gallery will host Skawennati to discuss virtual environments and video games that empower Indigenous youth to tell stories in a new way.


Aliya Pabani’s “Bleacher,” an installation in the window display space of Art Metropole that serves as a public seating area during the store’s opening hours closes on August 17 at 5 p.m. A solo exhibition by Ambera Wellmann, a finalist in the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, opens at Richard Rhodes Dupont Projects on August 13 at 3 p.m. CK2 Gallery opens Edwin Isford and Lorna Bauer’s “A Courtyard” on August 11 at 6 p.m. at the Loon. Latin American-Canadian Art Projects (LACAP) opens “Carnavalismo” at Sur Gallery on August 11 at 7 p.m. It features Sebastián Benítez, Dana Prieto, Alisson Escobar and others, who explore elements from popular Latin American culture through the eyes of hybridity, migration and colonization. “Width of a Witch” by Jason Dodge with CAConrad closes at Mercer Union on August 13. The Roundtable Residency wraps up at the Dragon Academy at 11 a.m. on August 13 and 14, featuring works by Adrienne Crossman, Sanjit Dhillon, Lisa Smolkin and many others. TIFF celebrates the life of Abbas Kiarostami with a free screening of Through the Olive Trees on August 14 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.   


In “Dip Strike Fold,” already open at TRUCK Contemporary Art, multidisciplinary artist Leah Byrne puts forth a material exploration of geography, using stones sourced from quarries throughout Alberta.


On August 11 at 7 p.m. Susan Wood and Anne Macmillan will offer illustrated presentations about their respective practices in conjunction with MSVU Art Gallery permanent collection exhibition “The Department of Prints and Drawings.”


Dylan Thomas breaks open the boundaries on traditional Coast Salish design in “Sacred Geometry” at Alcheringa Gallery with an artist talk on August 13 at 2 p.m.


Painter Landon Mackenzie presents a talk on her solo exhibition, “Parallel Journey,” on August 11 at 7 p.m. at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery


“Tesatawiyat (te/sa/ta/wi/yat): ‘Come in’ (when someone knocks on your door)” is a photo project by Bryce Kanbara and photographer Mina Ao, with members of the Aboriginal community in the Hamilton area sharing their stories in their homes. It opens at You Me Gallery on August 12 at 7 p.m.


“The Voice From Point Douglas” is a series of photographs produced through a participatory research project that explores spaces of safety through the lens of nine Point Douglas Women’s Centre community women, facilitated by Emma Bonnemaison, Bianca Ramos and Ashlyn Stevenson. It runs to August 14 at Urban Shaman Contemporary Art Gallery.


Cape Breton–based street photographer Chad Tobin returns from a month-long trip to Tokyo to present his photography in a talk at Cape Breton University Art Gallery on August 11 at 6 p.m, followed by a screening of Bill Cunningham New York at 7 p.m.


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