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Opening Reception for Common Ground: ART x BISSELL 2016 Exhibition

March 30, 2016

Toron­to, ON — Inspired by the plight of Syr­i­an refugees, and by the ongo­ing dis­place­ment of peo­ples in Toron­to and abroad,  ART x BISSELL, in part­ner­ship with SKETCH and The Remix Project, is pleased to present Com­mon Ground, the 2nd annu­al con­tem­po­rary art exhi­bi­tion at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s Fac­ul­ty of Infor­ma­tion (iSchool).

Curat­ed by Mas­ter of Muse­um Stud­ies stu­dents Madeleine Adam­son, Annis­sa Malvoisin and Camille-Mary Sharp, Com­mon Ground: ART x BISSELL 2016 explores top­ics as diverse as home­less­ness, gen­der and dias­po­ra, draw­ing on the par­tic­i­pat­ing artists’ expe­ri­ences of—and rela­tion­ships with—displacement.

The exhibition’s con­tem­po­rary paint­ings, pho­tog­ra­phy and one mur­al have been pro­duced by 12 local emerg­ing artists, many of whom are affil­i­at­ed with com­mu­ni­ty-engaged orga­ni­za­tions The Remix Project and SKETCH ( Com­mon Ground will also be fea­tured as an open exhi­bi­tion in the Sco­tia­bank CONTACT Pho­tog­ra­phy Fes­ti­val that will run dur­ing the month of May 2016.


WHAT: Open­ing recep­tion for Com­mon Ground: ART x BISSELL 2016, fea­tur­ing two live music per­for­mances, a DJ, artist remarks, a live paint­ing ses­sion by an artist, and a cura­to­r­i­al tour of the exhi­bi­tion

WHO: Row­ell Soller and Samaa Ahmed, two youth from SKETCH will be at the launch (artists in the show as well as our mural­ists), along with oth­er artists; and co-cura­tors Madeleine Adam­son, Annis­sa Malvoisin and Camille-Mary Sharp

WHERE: Claude T. Bis­sell Build­ing, Room 728, 140 St. George Street, Fac­ul­ty of Infor­ma­tion, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to

WHEN: Thurs­day, April 7 at 6 p.m. (until 9 pm)


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For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:

Madeleine Adam­son, Annis­sa Malvoisin and Camille-Mary Sharp
Fac­ul­ty of Infor­ma­tion
Tel: 647–779-4238