When speaking about the curatorial process, Dominique Fontaine and Miguel A. López said, “The 2024 Biennial aims to showcase the ways artists from different localities respond to the impact of the aftermath of colonialism on everyday life. Taking our cues from artists, we have been inspired and guided by their practices when thinking about the Biennial’s structure. This includes the development of a preliminary list of key directives drawn from the artists’ creative labour, such as ‘Joy,’ ‘Home,’ and ‘Solace.’ The exhibition aims to create a collective dialogue around urgent issues of our times: environmental destruction, sovereignty, self-representation, belonging, collective memory, ancestral knowledge, migrant diasporas, queer futurity, and how art can participate in the process of restoring disrupted social bonds.”
Similar to the publication “Water, Kinship, Belief” created for the 2019 and 2022 Biennial exhibitions, the 2024 Biennial will be accompanied by a new publication. Structured around conversations between artists, curators, and other contributors, these discussions will form the core of the publication and highlight the connections and common struggles that appear across the artistic practices featured within the Biennial.
Preliminary List of Venues and Exhibition Partners
Building creative partnerships through collaborative installations, exhibitions, and programming across Toronto and beyond is integral to the Biennial’s core activities. The 2024 Biennial will work with established art institutions, artist-run centres, arts organizations, community organizations, educational institutions, and repurposed spaces.
Exhibition and Programming Partners include the Art Gallery of Ontario, C Magazine, Gallery TPW, OCAD University, PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art, Textile Museum of Canada, The Image Centre (Toronto Metropolitan University), The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Sculpture Garden, Toronto Union, and the Urban Indigenous Education Centre.
Additional partners will be announced in the coming months.