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SPACE: Erdem Taşdelen | Vicissitudes: Act Two

7 December 2019 - 22 February 2020
Opening Reception 6 December 2019 7pm

Two Women I know it’s late afternoon when—as if realizing within a dream that I’ve been dreaming—I notice the moody murmurs of a saxophone at my window. The player is known to appear now and then in front of the Italian restaurant just down and across the street, well-loved for its homemade burrata, richly liquored […]

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Laure Prouvost & Jonas Staal: Obscure Union

7 December 2019 - 22 February 2020
Opening Reception 6 December 2019 7pm

Be Realistic, Demand the Obscure! We invite you to attend the inauguration of the Obscure Union by the Aube’s cure Parle Ment: a gathering of octopus, plants, signs and breasts as well as support structures of different materiality. Once founded by artists in 1979, Mercer Union will now welcome a gathering of other-than-human comme comrades on a ride that seek new modes at odd of unionization against radical call precarity In no rarity, neoliberal libre of extractivism […]

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Native Art Department International: Bureau of Aesthetics at KADIST San Francisco

12 October 2019 - 25 January 2020
Opening Reception 12 October 2019 4pm

Mercer Union is the inaugural guest of the Art-Space Residency and Exhibition at KADIST San Francisco. Mercer Union has conceived the residency as an incubator to consider the approach to institutions working small-scale. Together, both organizations take up a series of questions around collaboration with Native Art Department International (NADI), a collaborative project by Toronto-based artists […]

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SPACE: Erdem Taşdelen | Vicissitudes

14 September 2019 - 2 November 2019
Opening Reception 13 September 2019 7pm

Vicissitudes: Act One Mercer Union will present a series of commissioned images by Toronto-based artist Erdem Taşdelen. The project is presented within the context of SPACE, Mercer Union’s public-facing billboard platform that invites one artist to produce a yearlong series of images. SPACE prioritizes projects that consider site-specificity and takes up questions of visibility as […]

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Bambitchell: Bugs and Beasts Before the Law

14 September 2019 - 2 November 2019
Opening Reception 13 September 2019 7pm

Working under the moniker Bambitchell since 2009, the research-based practice of artists Sharlene Bamboat and Alexis Kyle Mitchell re-imagines nationalist histories through the clever recycling of official state documents and institutional archives to produce moving image, installation and performance works. The centerpiece and eponymous work of this exhibition, is a newly commissioned experimental film installation […]

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Jennifer Rose Sciarrino: from root to lip

22 June 2019 - 10 August 2019
Opening Reception 21 June 2019 7pm

Making kin is perhaps the hardest and most urgent part.[1] Mercer Union is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Jennifer Rose Sciarrino entitled from root to lip opening on Friday 21 June 2019. from root to lip presents Jennifer Rose Sciarrino’s formal inquiry into the notions of entanglement and techno-organic hybridity that have long been tended […]

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EMILIA-AMALIA | in residence

13 April 2019 - 1 June 2019
Opening Reception 25 April 2019 7pm

EMILIA-AMALIA lead a response in four parts under Mercer Union’s ongoing series SESSION for the exhibition Beatrice Gibson: Plural Dreams of Social Life. Through four public programs, EMILIA-AMALIA invite artists and practitioners to consider Gibson’s propositions for collective authorship, feminist histories, and the maternal as an essential point of collision between the self and the external world. […]

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SPACE: Joi T. Arcand

13 April 2019 - 10 August 2019
Opening Reception 12 April 2019 7pm

the flavour of change the land has changed no longer do the grandmothers pick from the wild breast of our mother we no longer move with the season with the herds since Treaty we have had to learn to find value in what the land gives us from this space where we have been placed […]

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Beatrice Gibson: Plural Dreams of Social Life

13 April 2019 - 1 June 2019
Opening Reception 12 April 2019 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to present the first exhibition in North America by Franco-British filmmaker Beatrice Gibson. Plural Dreams of Social Life takes its title from Bernadette Mayer’s The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters (1994) written during and in response to the gestation of her third pregnancy. Mayer’s book is comprised of […]

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Nep Sidhu: Medicine for a Nightmare (they called, we responded)

Curated by cheyanne turions

9 February 2019 - 23 March 2019
Opening Reception 8 February 2019 7pm

 11 October 2019 |  On 9 February 2019, Mercer Union opened a solo exhibition of new work by Toronto-based artist Nep Sidhu, curated by cheyanne turions. We supported the exhibition and led a partnership with our colleagues at Esker Foundation, Calgary, and later a touring agreement with SFU Galleries, Vancouver. The exhibition in Toronto was among […]