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27 Sep. - 28 Feb. 2017

AM Reader-in-Residence at Blackwood Gallery


This series of public readings is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Take Care on view at the Blackwood Gallery from September 11, 2017–March 10, 2018.

Adapting the familiar artist’s residency format to one that focuses on practices of reading—reading an exhibition, reading a text, reading as interpretation—Art Metropole’s Reader in Residence will respond to a specific exhibition context and encourage the development of new interpretive possibilities and creative responses to exhibitions and programming.

Labour of Curation

Wednesday, September 27, 12pm
Josh Vettivulu

Joshua Vettivelu is an artist working within sculpture, video, performance and installation. Their work seeks to explore how larger frameworks of power manifest within intimate relationships. Recently, their practice has been examining the tensions that emerge when personal experiences are mined for art production, and how this allows institutions to posture and position themselves as self-reflexive. Vettivelu currently teaches at the faculty of Continuing Education at OCAD University and is the Director of Programming for Whippersnapper Gallery.

Care Work

Wednesday, October 25, 12pm
Alize Zorlutuna

Alize Zorlutuna works with installation, video, performance, and material culture. Her work investigates themes concerning identity, queer sexuality, settler-colonial relationships to land, culture and history, intimacy with the non-human, and technology. She received her MFA from Simon Frasier University and currently teaches courses in contemporary sculpture, installation, performance, and hybrid media practices at OCADU in Toronto.

Infrastructures and Aesthetics of Mutual Aid

Wednesday, November 22, 12pm
Lisa Myers

Lisa Myers is an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. Her curatorial practice considers different kinds of value placed on time, sound, and knowledge. In addition to curatorial work based in Toronto, her projects include three touring exhibitions, wnoondwaamin | we hear them (2016); Recast (2014); and the co-curated project Reading the Talk (2014). Her most recent curatorial project Carry Forward runs from September 2017 to January 2018 at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery.Myers has an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University. Her writing has been published in many exhibition publications, Senses and Society, Public, C Magazine and FUSE Magazine. Myers is a member of Beausoleil First Nation based in Toronto and Port Severn, Ontario. She is an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.


Wednesday, January 24, 12pm
Maggie Groat

Maggie Groat is an artist who works in a variety of media including works on paper, sculpture, textiles, site-specific interventions and publications. Her current research surrounds site-responsiveness with regards to shifting territories, alternative and decolonial ways-of-being, methodologies of collage, and the transformation of salvaged materials into utilitarian objects for speculation, vision and action. Groat studied visual art and philosophy at York University before attending The University of Guelph, where she received an MFA degree in 2010. She has taught at the University of Guelph, the University of Toronto and at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she was the Audain Artist Scholar in Residence in 2014. In 2015 she was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award. Recently, her work has been included in exhibitions at Mercer Union, YYZ Artists’s Outlet, Art Gallery of York University (Toronto), Western Front, SFU Audain Gallery (Vancouver) Rodman Hall Art Centre (St. Catharines) and Walter Philips Gallery (Banff). She is the editor of The Lake (Art Metropole, 2014) and ALMANAC (KWAG, 2017).

Collective Welfare

Wednesday, February 28, 12pm
Yaniya Lee

Yaniya Lee’s interdisciplinary research draws on the work of Black Studies scholars to question critical reading practices and reconsider Canada art histories. From 2012-2015 she hosted the Art Talks MTL podcast, a series of long-form interviews with art workers in Montreal. In 2016 she programmed Labour, Land and Body: geographies of de/colonialism for Vtape’s Curatorial Incubator and, with members of the 4:3 Collective, she organized the MICE Symposium on Transformative Justice in the Arts. Lee was previously on the editorial advisory committees for C Magazine and FUSE Magazine. She is a founding collective member of MICE Magazine and a new member of the EMILIA-AMALIA working group. This summer, Lee participated in the Banff Research in Culture: Year 2067 residency. She is the 2017-2018 writer-in-residence at Gallery 44 and currently works as the associate editor at Canadian Art Magazine.


k.g. Guttman, I asked the audience to close one eye (performance rehearsal documentation), 2016. Courtesy the artist.

  1. Take Care Blackwood Gallery