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Writing Through Desire

Writing Through Desire

A critic talks about her love of fanfiction—and how it changed her art writing

Pan/demic (All/People)

Pan/demic (All/People)

As an art world that rewards individualism buckles under the strain of trying times, how can we learn to move together?

Mistikôsiwak: Monkman at the Met

Mistikôsiwak: Monkman at the Met

Kent Monkman's latest large-scale history paintings are installed in the grand entrance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art—but who is the audience for these works? And whose stories do they tell? An activist and art historian gives them a close read

Indigenous TikTok Is Transforming Cultural Knowledge

Indigenous TikTok Is Transforming Cultural Knowledge

TikTok’s dance challenges and infectious memes enable content sharing across cultures—and Indigenous creators are using it to find powerful new ways of seeing and being seen

Trancestry

Trancestry

Aiyyana Maracle (1950–2016) was an artist, performer and storyteller who worked toward decolonizing gender and centring trans women. What are the politics of preserving her legacy?

Making an Entrance

Making an Entrance

Thirty years ago, a landmark exhibition offered models of collective resistance and refuge for and by Black women

The Weight of Inheritance

The Weight of Inheritance

In the spring of 2016, I was gifted a ton of Joyce Wieland’s marble, and with it a piece of her legacy

If the Body Is an Assembly, How Does It Assemble?

If the Body Is an Assembly, How Does It Assemble?

In a personal account, an artist, runner and scholar considers space and the everyday, in theory and creative practice

A Year in Language (Barriers)

A Year in Language (Barriers)

To wrap up the year, Canadian Art editors look back at 2019 and consider the exhibitions and experiences that stayed with us most

Indigenous World-Building at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Indigenous World-Building at the Vancouver Art Gallery

The final exhibition of a three-part international curatorial project fosters shared kinship, sovereignty and care

From the Archive

Haunted Houses

Haunted Houses

This year, the SITElines biennial in Santa Fe, New Mexico, explores home and belonging—in a place where distinctions between inside and outside often feel blurred

Experiments in Collective Form

Experiments in Collective Form

Two Toronto artists reflect on performative gestures of protest in the 1990s Harris-era of Conservative provincial politics—a moment that has sharp similarities to our own