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Performing the Landscape


Presented by Illingworth Kerr Gallery in partnership with Contemporary Calgary, Glenbow, Stride gallery, and TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary

EXHIBITION / September 22 - November 12, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION / Thursday, September 22, 6:00 PM | FREE

@ C / 117 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, Canada

Landscape as a genre is one of the most evocative tropes in Canadian visual culture and a powerful detonator in the country’s collective consciousness. Generations of artists have attempted to capture and depict the sensation of being overpowered by the majesty or beauty of the natural environment. Performing the Landscape proposes to look at new ideas of landscape through the lens of contemporary art, in particular, the moving image. Each work selected for the show introduces elements of performativity into the ‘natural environment’ and links landscape and performance via different categories: theatre; actions; happenings; cinema; music; circus; etc. In all these works the landscape is a temporarily occupied space, at least for the duration of the action at the centre of each piece, and yet it resists the pressure of simply shifting to the background.

Curated by Lorenzo Fusi, Performing the Landscape takes place across the City of Calgary in the following venues, The Illingworth Kerr Gallery (ACAD), Contemporary Calgary, Glenbow Museum, Stride Gallery and Truck Contemporary Art in Calgary. 

Please join us on Thursday, September 22 at 6:00 PM for the Opening Reception of Performing the Landscape

Image: Cyprien Gaillard, Real Remnants of Fictive Wars PART IV, 2003, Single channel video, originally shot on 35mm film 4’15’’. Courtesy of the artist and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London / Bugada & Cargnel, Paris / Sprüth Magers


Earlier Event: September 14
Later Event: October 22