CURRENT ISSUE | SPRING 2018: DIRTY WORDS
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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.

A Conversation with Ben Lerner

“The art world likes to think of itself as very ‘other’ to the excess of the Trump-ish gilded age,” says the renowned author and critic, “but of course it’s totally part of it.”

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What Do We Mean by #QueerIndigenousEthics?

Billy-Ray Belcourt and Lindsay Nixon discuss the ways in which queer and trans Indigenous folks enact another kind of art and theory.

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Dirty Words: Interesting

“Interesting” might be a vague, meaningless way to describe art. It might also be at the heart of how art is given value, and is made political.

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Multiple Views: A Conversation with Ho Tam

Prolific artist Ho Tam has worked across painting, photography, film and publishing—not to mention in advertising and community psychiatry. Here Tam provides insight into his work and process.

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Dirty Words: Appropriation

Aylan Couchie, Raven Davis and Chief Lady Bird address the emotional fallout of cultural appropriation in a conversation moderated by Lindsay Nixon.

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A Conversation with Tau Lewis

An installation by the prolific Toronto artist was awarded the Frame Prize at Frieze New York this past week.

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Dirty Words: Sensitive

In 1992, a work by African American artist Carrie Mae Weems sparked protests from Black Nova Scotia students who called it racist.

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An Artist Is Born, Kind Of

In this excerpt from her new memoir, influential artist Gathie Falk describes her early childhood, her first art lessons, and why she dropped out of school.

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Maybe There’ll Be a Better Tomorrow: A Conversation with Shelley Niro

As her career retrospective debuts in Toronto, Shelley Niro sits down to talk about Indigenous femininities, picking berries, and the sometimes-tricky ratio between darkroom work and family time.

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When Allyship Breaks Down

Aruna D’Souza’s forthcoming book Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts reviews three incidents in the long and troubled relationship between race and the art world.

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Ellise Barbara’s Black Space

The Montreal musician talks about her move into the art world and her stance on Afrofuturism.

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Dirty Words: Labour

Technicians and installers are central to an art institution’s function. Why are they so often rendered invisible?

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