It’s officially summer! Beer-swillers laze about on patios, hipsters remove their keffiyehs (well almost), and the Power Plant begins its All Summer, All Free program. Launching concurrently is their summer exhibition Not Quite How I Remember It, which features Canadian artists Diane Borsato and Nestor Krüger, as well as international artists Sharon Hayes, Gerard Byrne, and Kelley Walker, among many others. The show aims to navigate the roles memory and history play in our society and dissect how the past reasserts itself in the present. “In treating the past as a work in progress, artists in the exhibition throw light on timely issues of authorship, ownership, identification, influence, and collectivity,” says Helena Reckitt, Senior Curator of Programs.
A compilation of media, the exhibition will include photography, sculpture, painting, and performance, as well as film/video, like this video projection by Diane Borsato (pictured at left). Borsato recently participated in a show at XPACE, where her work dealt with social disruptions. In this new piece, she explores the concept of authorship by riffing off of and responding to past works of art and literature, which poses the question: has she created new works or merely new interpretations of previously existing ones? By forcing the viewer to reexamine what they consider to be “an original,” she returns to her theme of disruption.
Also on display will be photographs by Lebanese artist Walid Raad, whose past work involved the creation of a faux internet archive as an attempt to cope with the trauma created by the Lebanese Civil War (1975–1990), and reassessed how we memorialize this type of event.
The opening reception for Not Quite How I Remember It is this Friday at the Power Plant (231 Queens Quay West) from 7:30–11 p.m. Check the Power Plant’s website for gallery hours throughout the summer.
Still from Three Performances (After Joseph Beuys, Marina Abramovic, Bonnie Sherk) courtesy of the artist.