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.

Simon Vickers
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

Bonnie Devine
Monday, November 25, 2–4pm
Union Station


Luis Jacob (born in Lima, Peru; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) is an artist whose work destabilizes viewing conventions and invites collisions of meaning. He studied semiotics and philosophy at the University of Toronto. Since his participation in documenta 12, Kassel, 2007, he has achieved an international reputation with exhibitions at venues such as: La Biennale de Montréal, 2016; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York City, 2015; Taipei Biennial, 2012; Generali Foundation, Vienna, 2011; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, 2010; Kunstverein in Hamburg, 2008; and Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 2008.


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    Union Station

    Accessible entrance and washrooms
    Accessible ramps / elevators
    AODA compliant building
    No accessible parking

  • Getting There

    Union Station

    By Public Transportation: Union Station is located on Front Street West, on the south side of the block bounded by Bay Street and York Street. Union Station is accessible via GO trains/buses, the UP Express and the TTC subway/bus system.

    By Car: Union Station is accessible via the Gardner Expressway both eastbound and westbound. Take the York/Bay exit and follow the signs for Bay St or York St, as Union Station is accessible via either street.

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