The View from Here is a two-part installation located in Union Station’s Oak Room and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E. At Union Station, Jacob’s contemporary photographs are paired with the artist’s collection of rare maps and street views, representing different yet overlapping narratives of the same places. The tension between these views invites a reconsideration of Toronto’s identity and presumed cohesion as a city.
Jacob’s work explores different representations and ways of thinking about Toronto—a city where the very question of place is deeply layered, complex, and contested. The collection of maps begins with Giacomo Giovanni Rossi’s map, “L’America Settentrionale” from 1677, and moves through time, as layers of the city’s history accumulate.
Commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art and co-presented by Toronto Union.
Audio: Luis Jacob on CBC Metro Morning discussing his artworks at Union Station as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art. Air date: Nov 11, 2019.
November 2019 Program Schedule
Adopting maps, printed street-views, books, and the city’s landscape, artist Luis Jacob’s installation explores many of Toronto’s conflicting narratives. As a central dynamic of the project, situated at Union Station and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E, Jacob has invited a series of guest artists, researchers, and thinkers who, from their own research and practices, extend the context of his presented materials. From mapping forms of social storytelling, to understanding cultural belongings as repositories of relations, and working with printed matter as sites of neighbourhood organizing—each offering reveals another View from Here.
Monday, November 4, 2–4pm
259 Lake Shore Boulevard East
Fadi Masoud and Adrian Blackwell
Monday, November 18, 4–6pm
259 Lake Shore Boulevard East
Monday, November 25, 2–4pm
Luis Jacob is a Peruvian-born, Toronto-based artist, whose work destabilizes viewing conventions and invites collisions of meaning. He studied semiotics and philosophy at the University of Toronto. Since participating in documenta 12 in 2007, he has achieved an international reputation with exhibitions at the Corner at Whitman-Walker, Washington, D.C. (2021); Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart, and Toronto Biennial of Art (2019); La Biennale de Montréal (2016); Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (2015); Taipei Biennial (2012); Generali Foundation, Vienna (2011); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Kunstverein in Hamburg and Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (2008). In 2015, he co-curated the conference This is Paradise: Art and Artists in Toronto with Barbara Fischer, in collaboration with Kitty Scott. In 2016, he curated the exhibition Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, with a catalogue co-published with Black Dog Press in 2020.
From an architectural standpoint, Union Station has had many lives, but the landmark Beaux-Arts building we know today opened in 1927. At the time of its public opening, Union Station was situated near Toronto’s natural shoreline, which has since been extended south by more than a kilometer over the last century. Today, it is the most trafficked transit hub in the country. The station tells the complex story of how geological changes and urban infrastructure have come together to constitute the place we now call Toronto, a bustling city relatively divorced from its shoreline, sitting atop long-since buried waterways that served as our earliest routes of trade, transportation, and connection.
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