Bronson’s multi-year project, A Public Apology to Siksika Nation, responds to European genocide, including his great-grandfather’s role as the first missionary at Siksika Nation and founder of the Old Sun residential school. (Old Sun, an influential Siksika leader, is an ancestor of Bronson’s collaborator, Adrian Stimson.) Generated from ongoing dialogue with Stimson and extensive research into museum and family archives, Bronson’s project makes actionable the responsibility of settlers in the era of reconciliation.
Bronson’s apology, first delivered at Siksika nation, now takes the form of a book. More than 14,000 copies are available on-site at the Biennial for free.
This iteration of Bronson’s project is commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art. This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.
AA Bronson (born in Vancouver, BC, Canada; lives in Berlin, Germany) has worked and exhibited as a solo artist, often collaborating with younger generations of artists. From 2004 to 2010, he was Director of Printed Matter, Inc., New York, founding the annual NY Art Book Fair in 2005. In 2013 he was founding Director of Printed Matter‘s LA Art Book Fair. Recent solo exhibitions include: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2018; Kunsthalle Wichita, 2016; Salzburger Kunstverein, 2015; Grazer Kunstverein, 2015; Art Museum at the University of Toronto, 2014; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 2013; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2013; and Creative Time, New York, 2008.
259 Lake Shore Blvd East
The life of this nondescript building reveals the area’s economic history. Its first tenant in 1945, the Standard Chemical Company, produced methanol, formaldehyde, and charcoal. A railway line to the south tethered the site to the movement of goods. By 1954, the building was divided into a warehouse and a showroom, a configuration that remained intact over the course of various leaseholders, including oil and electrical supply companies and a series of car dealerships. (The advertising of its most recent tenant, Volvo, is still visible on the façade.) This building’s fate is indeterminate, as real estate development is increasingly filling the voids left by industrial decline.
259 Lake Shore Blvd East