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Mark Lewis: Canada

March 29th, 2016


Study for « Canada » films, photo: Mark Lewis, courtesy of the artist

The AGO is pleased to announce Mark Lewis: Canada.

Curated by the AGO’s former Chief Curator Stephanie Smith with Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art, Canada is an anthology of connected films by Mark Lewis. The installation of these films explore the name “Canada” and how it has come to be associated, both within our country and throughout the world, with fantasies, stories and imaginary histories. The project will come to fruition in the summer of 2017.

Mark Lewis, born in Canada and based in London, is among the most prominent artists of his generation working in photography and moving images. Throughout his career, he has gained wide-ranging success and internationally acclaim for his short, silent films. In 2009, Lewis represented Canada at the Venice Biennale, and in 2014, he was asked by the Louvre to produce new films that would consider, in some way, the museum’s history, physicality and historical collection. His mining of the museum’s art collection, its architectural passageways and its audience, formed the basis for a new series of films that were presented in the context of a solo exhibition at the museum that same year. In the same year, also in Paris, Le Bal offered him a much acclaimed solo exhibition. Lewis continuously shows internationally, recently exhibiting in Sao Paulo, Porto, Seoul, and London. Canada will be his largest project to date, with a series of installation films culminating into a feature-length film similar to the acclaimed Inventio shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and at the Berlinale in the last year. This year, he is winner of a Governor General Award in Visual Arts and Media.

Mark Lewis: Canada is one element of a full program of AGO exhibitions and events that will mark Canada 150 in 2017. More details will be available at a later date – stay tuned!

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