January 17 – April 7, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 17 at 7 pm
A Conversation with the Artists: The Curse of Geography – Artistic Journalism
Sunday, January 27 at 2:30 pm | Free
Presented as part of the ArtsEverywhere Festival
Amber Art & Design, German Andino, Arahmaiani, Jacob Cohen, Esteban Figueroa, Emma Kazaryan, Rebecca Peeler, Daniel Phelan, Suzy Xu Shuang
The Curse of Geography reflects on the effects of geographic isolation from and proximity to centres of power, on social justice, human rights and public policy. Featuring graphic artwork, drawings, photographs, audio, video and sculpture, the exhibition represents the creative investigations of artists in Honduras, Newfoundland, Puerto Rico, Tajikistan and Tibet produced in conjunction with reports for ArtsEverywhere, a platform for the artistic and critical exploration of the “fault lines” of contemporary society.
Connecting locations around the world, ArtsEverywhere engages artists, journalists, NGOs, academic and cultural institutions, and news outlets, locating the arts and culture at the centre of complex, intersecting social, cultural and political realities. Mapping conditions in locations around the world, the exhibition offers a composite assemblage of material and ephemeral representations of the lived experiences of communities.
Curated by Sidd Joag, The Curse of Geography is organised by the Art Gallery of Guelph in collaboration with Musagetes and presented with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
For the past three decades, the M41 has served as the primary trafficking route for opiates and heroine, smuggled from Afghanistan through Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and into Russia and Europe. It is sometimes referred to as the Heroine Highway—the bloodline of a multi-billion dollar drug smuggling network that remains the most lucrative source of income in Tajikistan.
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