Never Apart launches its winter 2021 exhibitions in the form of virtual tours every Thursday at 6 p.m. from January 21 to February 11. The link to each virtual opening will be shared across Never Apart’s social media.
ANCESTORS, CAN YOU READ US? (DISPATCHES FROM THE FUTURE) + Antarctica
Syrus Marcus Ware
presented by Massimadi and Nigra Iuventa
Toronto-based artist Syrus Marcus Ware imagines a world where racialized people have survived the “Black death spectacle” writ large on the nightly news; survived the catastrophic impact of the Anthropocene; and survived the crushing effects of white supremacy. Commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art 2019, the artist draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism to transform the Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall at Ryerson Image Centre into a portal through which the next generation of racialized activists communicate with us, their ancestors, and offer us insights into the future.
Originally featured as a two-part and multi-site installation at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E (The Toronto Biennial of Art main site) and Ryerson Image Centre’s New Media Wall, Antarctica imagines a world where racialized people have survived the “black death spectacle” writ large on the nightly news; survived the catastrophic impact of the Anthropocene; and survived the crushing effects of white supremacy. Drawing on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism, Ware creates a portal that takes us to eleven characters in the summer of 2030, each with birthright citizenship to the only habitable place on earth: Antarctica. Their task? To begin terraforming for the new colony.
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