Toronto Biennial of Art opens second edition on March 26

Exhibitions and Programs showcase range of work by artists from Canada and around the globe at the Biennial on view through June 5.

On March 26, the second edition of the Toronto Biennial of Art (the Biennial/TBA) will open the doors to free Exhibitions and Programs, presented across several sites, and will remain on view through June 5, 2022.

More than 70 Canadian and international participants will be featured in the exhibition which carries the umbrella title of  What Water Knows, The Land Remembers which organizers say “draws from polyphonic histories sedimented in and around Toronto, revealing entangled narratives and ecologies across time and space.”

Artists include: Ghazaleh Avarzamani, Nadia Belerique, Judy Chicago, Jeffrey Gibson, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Marguerite Humeau, Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF), Brian Jungen, Jumana Manna, Eduardo Navarro, Paul Pfeiffer, Eric-Paul Riege, and Buhlebezwe Siwani.

Biennial participants are from over 18 places of origin including Argentina, Canada, England, France, Germany, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Norway, Pakistan, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, and Zimbabwe, as well as Indigenous communities in Canada, Colombia, Aotearoa | New Zealand, Norway, and the United States.

Jeffrey Gibson, SPEAK TO ME IN YOUR WAY SO I CAN HEAR YOU (2015)

The Biennial’s Exhibitions and Programs are collaboratively developed by Exhibitions Curators Tairone Bastien, Candice Hopkins, Katie Lawson, the Programs team comprising Roxanne Fernandes, Mary Kim, Kesang Nanglu, Emily Schimp, and Ilana Shamoon, as well as former Programs Curators Clare Butcher and Myung-Sun Kim.The inaugural TD Curatorial Fellows, Sebastian De Line and Chiedza Pasipanodya, present their projects as a part of the Biennial.

Most Exhibitions and Programs will be held at the Biennial’s two main Exhibition venues—72 Perth Avenue in the Junction neighborhood and the Small Arms Inspection Building in nearby Mississauga—and will also occur at site-specific locations throughout the city.

Other programming sites include 5 Lower Jarvis Street; Arsenal Contemporary Art; Colborne Lodge; Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto History Museums; High Park; Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA); and Textile Museum of Canada.

Opening Week Events

Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF) with LAIR clay music ensemble: Andzar Agung Fauzan, Pipin Muhammad Kaspin, Tedi Nurmanto, Kiki Rasmadi Permana, Tamyiz Noor Ramadhan, and Ika Yuliana

Terrakota Route

Performance – In person

Date: March 26, 2022 | Time: 11:00am 

Location: Small Arms Inspection Building


Eric-Paul Riege

2001-2011, kwe’é díí shighan ńt’ę́ę́, i wonder what this Key opens now?

Durational Performance – In person

Date: March 27, 2022 | Time: 10:00am to 6:00pm

Location: Small Arms Inspection Building


Emily Johnson

Being Future Beings

Performance – In person

Date: March 27, 2022 | Time: 4:00pm

Location: MOCA Toronto


Giselle Dias, Sandy Hudson, and Syrus Marcus Ware

Abolition Is Love: How to Live Abolition in Everyday Life

Workshop – In person

Date: April 2, 2022 | Time: 1:00–3:00pm

Location: Small Arms Inspection Building


April Programs

Babaylans and Encanadores: A Conversation with Paul Pfeiffer, Stephanie Comilang, and Simon Speiser

Artists Talk – Online

Date: April 8, 2022 | Time: 11:00 am


C Magazine Workshops with Erika DeFrietas, Jess Dobkin, and Francisco-Fernando Granados

Workshop – In person

Date: April 8, 22, 29, 2022 | Time: 4:30 – 7:30pm

Location: 72 Perth Avenue


Storytelling Sessions with

Jeffrey Canton, Melissa Davidson, Emily DiCarlo, lwrds duniam, Nicole Markland

Exhibition walkthroughs – In person

Date: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in April, May, and June | Time: see website for further details

Locations: 72 Perth Avenue | Small Arms Inspection Building | 5 Lower Jarvis | Arsenal Contemporary Art


Water, Kinship, Belief 

Edited by Tairone Bastien, Candice Hopkins, and Katie Lawson

Co-published by the Toronto Biennial of Art and Art Metropole

Publication date: April 2022. Available for pre-order now at this link. Available to purchase at: 72 Perth Avenue – Art Metropole bookshop; Small Arms Inspection Building; 5 Lower Jarvis Street; Arsenal Contemporary Art; Mercer Union and Textile Museum of Canada.

For more information, visit: https://torontobiennial.org/ 

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