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Exhibition Catalog

Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, 2021.

114 pp. 28 ills. 24 x 18 cm. In English. Paperbound.

ISBN 9781894212878

The exhibition is a multifaceted project that considers the urgencies evoked by today’s air crises, including a global respiratory pandemic, racial injustice (“I can’t breathe�), forest fires, and carbon emissions, all of which instill feelings of uncertainty for our futures. BREATHLESS takes shape as an immersive installation, a public space that is experienced individually within a translucent pavilion on The Power Plant’s South Terrace. Conceptually, the project builds upon a recent history since post-World War II when multiple threats from the air were imminent much like today. From this point of departure, the pavilion expands on Alison and Peter Smithson’s speculative project House of the Future (1956), specifically challenging the closed condition of domestic space and the notion of uncontaminated air. The pavilion was conceived and designed by project curator Ala Roushan; Alex Josephson, co-founder of PARTISANS; Bryan Schopf, Project Director at Maffeis Engineering; Charles Stankievech, artist and professor at the University of Toronto. The pavilion and select artworks create a dynamic ecosystem including artists Flaka Haliti, Marguerite Humeau, Donna Kukama, and Julius von Bismarck.

Subject Headings: International ; Western Art -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 ; Post-2020 -- Several Fine Arts Media (Western) --

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