Strata 1–24 is a series of hand-cut, collaged works that are part of the artist’s ongoing visual novel Sea Change (2011–), which comprises hundreds of works and chronicles the disappearances of nine characters over nine chapters that unfold over the artist’s lifetime. Part of Chapter 1, Strata 1–24 consists of fragmentary field notes by the novel’s main character, who appears to be on a quest to find quartz crystals lost amongst rubble and rock. In exploring these material traces, viewers come to understand this character’s search as two simultaneous investigations: the finite exploration of the soul and the infinite nature of the cosmos.

Nearby, Untitled (MAP) is a classified map of the largest offshore oil field in the world, located 265 kilo- metres north of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where the artist spent her youth. The work is altered, folded, and elongated, suggesting a subterranean mountain range or active pulse line at the heart of geopolitical warfare. Untitled (MAP) speaks to the fact that surveillance does not live solely on a horizontal plane or two-dimensional map, but manifests as a vertical occupation on a scale that reaches from satellites in the sky to below the surface of the sea.

Hold Everything Dear, a related exhibition of work by Waheed, is currently on view at The Power Plant. For more information, please visit thepowerplant.org.

Bio

The multidisciplinary practice of Hajra Waheed (born in Calgary, AB, Canada; lives in Montreal, QC, Canada) ranges from interactive installations to collage, video, sound, and sculpture. Amongst other issues, she explores the nexus between security, surveillance, and the covert networks of power that structure lives while also addressing the traumas and alienation of displaced subjects affected by legacies of colonial and state violence. Waheed has participated in exhibitions worldwide, including: 57th Venice Biennale, 2017; 11th Gwangju Biennale, 2016; and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom, 2016.

Location

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    Small Arms Inspection Building

    Accessible entrance and washrooms
    AODA compliant building
    Accessible parking

  • Getting There

    Small Arms Inspection Building

    By Public Transportation:

    GO Transit: From Union Station, take the Lakeshore West GO Train to Long Branch Station (runs every 15 minutes), then walk 12 minutes to SAIB.

    TTC: The 501 streetcar travels west along Queen St to Lake Shore Blvd, ending at the Long Branch Loop – a 12 minute walk to SAIB.

    By Car: Take the Gardner Expressway W, then use the middle lane to take exit 139 toward Brown’s Line. Keep left, follow signs to continue onto Brown’s Line. Continue straight, then make a slight right onto Lake Shore Blvd W. Turn left at Dixie Rd/Peel Regional Road 4 N.