CURRENT EXHIBITION

fORUM: Resonance and Transmission

17 September 2022 - 19 November 2022

Resonance and Transmission is a multi-part events program informed by Aimée Zito Lema’s embodied entanglements with archival materials. Exploring cultural and artistic responses to recorded histories, practices of appropriation, and corporeal memory, the series asks: What does it mean to resonate with a movement, an artist or an event? What does resonance mean and what […]

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Aimée Zito Lema: Scryer in the Archive

17 September 2022 - 19 November 2022
Opening Reception 16 September 2022 7pm

Throughout her practice, artist Aimée Zito Lema has engaged with questions of social memory and the body as an agent of resistance. Her exhibition at Mercer Union takes up these interests in relation to personal and collective photographic histories, with a particular meditation on how the diasporic experience complicates such categorical boundaries.   Moments of protest […]

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SUMMER CLOSURE

27 August 2022 12am - 5 September 2022 11pm

The gallery is closed to the public while we install our fall exhibition, Aimée Zito Lema’s commissioned project, Scryer in the Archive; we will resume regular gallery hours on 17 September. Mercer Union’s office will be closed for summer holidays from 27 August to 5 September. During our closure, you can reach us via email […]

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Closed Saturday 13 August

13 August 2022 11am - 6pm

Mercer Union will be closed to the public on Saturday 13 August. We apologize for the inconvenience. Regular gallery hours resume next week, Tuesday – Saturday from 11 AM – 6 PM. We look forward to welcoming you back for the final week of Evidence, on view until Saturday 20 August.

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Video Walkthrough: Evidence

9 August 2022 10am

Guest curator Amy Zion gives a virtual tour of Evidence, a group exhibition featuring the work of artists Brian Belott, Petrit Halilaj, Ulrike Müller, Oscar Murillo, and Alanis Obomsawin. Speaking to each project in the exhibition, Zion reflects on the artists’ foregrounding of art by children in their practices, and the profound insights that children’s art can offer […]

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Artist Afternoons

18 August 2022 5pm - 7pm

Save the date! Our community social, Artist Afternoons, returns this August. We invite artists, friends, peers and neighbours to join us on the patio, and take in our summer exhibitions with good company. Gather around Shellie Zhang’s SPACE commission, A day passes like a year: Ode to Summer, and catch the final days of our summer […]

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Evidence

Brian Belott, Petrit Halilaj, Ulrike Müller, Oscar Murillo, and Alanis Obomsawin

Curated by Amy Zion

24 June 2022 - 20 August 2022
Opening Reception 23 June 2022 7pm

This exhibition contains artworks that deal with themes, images and stories that some viewers may find distressing, including children’s experiences of residential schools, war, and the aftermath of conflict. An Exhibition Viewing Guide will be available in the gallery with more information; a digital version is available here.   Evidence is a group exhibition featuring […]

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SPACE: Shellie Zhang | A day passes like a year: Ode to Summer

21 June 2022 - 17 September 2022

Mercer Union’s SPACE billboard commission has invited artist Shellie Zhang for its 2021–22 season for a yearlong series titled, A day passes like a year. Known for her highly composed still life works that assemble objects of pop iconography, cultural construction, and diasporic memory, Zhang’s photographs offer vibrant gestures of reclamation, humor, and dissidence. In […]

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Video Walkthrough: 45th Parallel

26 April 2022 12am

Lawrence Abu Hamdan gives a virtual tour of his solo exhibition, 45th Parallel. Speaking to his interest in the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, the artist gives us a glimpse into the stories told in his commissioned film, and reflects on what they tell us about permeable borders and impermeable laws.      2021-22 […]

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SESSION: Suneil Sanzgiri

30 April 2022 12pm

REGISTER TO ATTEND Artist and filmmaker Suneil Sanzgiri invites audiences to collectively unpack and collaboratively explore questions around borders, nationalism, identity, and state-based violence. Prompted by a passage from Harsha Walia’s book Border & Rule and one of Sanzgiri’s own short films, this wide-ranging and informal conversation will look at how the moving image might […]

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fORUM: Lawrence Abu Hamdan with Tina Sherwell

5 May 2022 11am

Lawrence Abu Hamdan joins art historian Tina Sherwell for a conversation engaging the film and exhibition 45th Parallel (2022) to discuss the challenge and opportunity of creating work across borders.       Download the PDF transcript here — Lawrence Abu Hamdan (born in 1985, Amman, Jordan) is a “Private Ear.” His interest in sound and […]

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SPACE: Shellie Zhang | A day passes like a year: Ode to Spring

21 March 2022 - 20 June 2022

Mercer Union’s SPACE billboard commission has invited artist Shellie Zhang for its 2021–22 season for a yearlong series titled, A day passes like a year. Known for her highly composed still life works that assemble objects of pop iconography, cultural construction, and diasporic memory, Zhang’s photographs offer vibrant gestures of reclamation, humor, and dissidence. In […]

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Lawrence Abu Hamdan: 45th Parallel

26 March 2022 - 4 June 2022

45th Parallel focuses on the Haskell Free Library and Opera House—a unique municipal site between the jurisdictions of Canada and the United States. Constructed in 1904 under the patronage of the local Haskell family, this building was deliberately designed to straddle the frontier between Canada and the US as a symbolic act of unity in the […]