Join us for a special screening of Joar Nango and Ken Are Bongo’s Episode 6 of Post-Capitalist Architecture-TV. The screening will be followed by a conversation led by Toronto Biennial of Art Senior Curator Candice Hopkins and special guests.
June 2nd in the lobby of MOCA Toronto. Free screening begins at 4:30pm with conversation to follow.
Toronto’s ravine system is both location and subject for Joar Nango and Ken Are Bongo’s newest episode of Post-Capitalist Architecture-TV, jointly commissioned and presented by AGYU, Evergreen, and the Toronto Biennial of Art.
Episode 6 of Post-Capitalist Architecture-TV is set in the Don River Valley. The episode continues the series’ variety show format, featuring interviews, by local knowledge holders and those invested in the ravine’s ecosystems, including Bonnie Devine, Ange Loft, Adrian Blackwell, Amish Morrell, Dayna Danger, among many others, that speak to and document the ravine systems as architecture, as a place of formal and informal building practices, resistance, and refuge. Episode 6 is also centred on how the ravines are a contingent archive of colonialism, gentrification, and Indigenous knowledge.
A thematic video series, Post-Capitalist Architecture-TV documents Indigenous architectures from mobile Sámi fishing huts to questioning, and embodying decoloniality as a global manifestation. The TV series began in 2020 following Nango’s travels across northern Norway in an aging and modified cargo van.
The Ravine Screenings developed and unfolded from May 5 to May 17 as Nango and Bongo worked in the ravines and meet with locals. Their new production culminated in a site specific installation and gathering space constructed by Nango and collaborators in the ravine system in the Don Valley. This special screening of episode 6 marks the final Toronto Biennial curated event hosted within Jeffrey Gibson’s evolving installation, I AM YOUR RELATIVE. This event is co-presented by AGYU, Evergreen Public Art Program, and The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto.
Joar Nango (Sámi, born in 1979, Áltá, Norway; lives and works in Áltá, Norway) works with site-specific installations and self-made publications that explore the boundary between architecture, design and visual art. His work relates to questions of Indigenous identity, often through investigating contemporary architecture. Joar has explored modern Sámi spaces through the self-published zine Sámi Huksendáidda: the Fanzine, the design project Sámi Shelters and the mixtape/clothing project Land & Language. He is a founding member of the architecture collective FFB and is currently setting up a network of Sámi architects across Sápmi through the ongoing Indigenous architecture library project.
Ken Are Bongo is a film director, cinematographer, and editor. He comes from a Sámi village Guovdageaidnu and graduated from Nordland Art and Film School in Kabelvåg. He has been working in film and TV since 2006, and recently produced the short fictional film Wolf in 2018 which premiered at the Reykjavík International Film Festival. Other credits include Hvem ringer? (TV Mini-Series) (1 episode), 2020; Ara Marumaru (Short) 2018; and Biegga savkala duoddariid duohken lea soames (Short), 2007.