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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.

10 Artists Who Work with Text

Signage, t-shirts, manifestos and more—these artists celebrate and question how art and language intersect.

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Dirty Words: An Introduction

Artist Divya Mehra’s cover for our Spring 2018 issue uses a vintage kids’ show to poke fun at art-world taboos.

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The Black Lives Matter Toronto Photograph That Made It to Shondaland

How Jalani Morgan’s work landed on a crossover episode of two award-winning TV shows by Shonda Rhimes

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There’s Lots of Space in Regina—But Still Not Enough for Art

Regina’s first artist-run centre began as a tiny raft on the waters of Wascana Lake. Today, precarity and politics still feature in its artist-run scene.

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Remembering James Luna (1950–2018)

Luna’s Artifact Piece—where he turned his Indigenous body into a museum exhibit—was a 1980s breakthrough. But the power of his work doesn’t end there.

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Video: In the Studio with Lido Pimienta

Since her Polaris Prize win last year, Lido Pimienta’s music profile has soared. Less known, however, is her making of art textiles, paintings and prints.

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So What If Art Selfies Are Narcissistic?

As a big Yayoi Kusama show opens in Toronto, selfie-bashing is also in the air. But the fact is, selfies are vital to situating people of colour within largely white art institutions.

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Into the Deep

Tazeen Qayyum follows a cockroach into a black hole around beauty, legibility and the void.

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Kapwani Kiwanga Gets Personal

To create a new installation, the Frieze Award–winning artist returned to the small Ontario gallery where she learned about art as a child.

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Re-Naming a New World

It’s not enough to say to Indigenous people, “Let me add some signs in your language to my art institution.” A re-naming is required, and Jason Baerg offers it.

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Video: In the Studio with Sameer Farooq

Building museums of found objects and casting packing materials in porcelain, Farooq questions how citizens are told to think about their pasts.

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What Happens (Or Doesn’t) at the Residency for Artists on Hiatus

In 2013, Shinobu Akimoto and Matthew Evans launched an artist residency that got rid of the art-making. Here’s what they’ve learned along the way.

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