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The Shoreline Dilemma – inaugural edition of the Toronto Biennial of Art launches this weekend

The Shoreline Dilemma

Althea Thauberger + Kite 'Call to Arms' performance at HMCS York (2019)

The Shoreline Dilemma, the inaugural edition of the Toronto Biennial of Art (the Biennial), launches on Saturday, September 21, 2019, with special opening weekend programming. The Exhibition, presented across several sites throughout the 72-day event, remains on view until December 1, 2019.

Curated by Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien, The Shoreline Dilemma explores the implications of Toronto’s ever-changing shoreline—evidence of an increasingly anthropocentric world—in the context of a central question: What does it mean to be in relation? More than 90 local and international participants will respond to and expand on this question with over 100 artworks and through upwards of 60 programs.

Biennial participants hail from over 40 places of origin, including Brazil, France, Germany, Guatemala, Iran, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States as well as Nunavut and Indigenous communities in Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and Aotearoa | New Zealand. Exhibitions and Programs will take place at more than 15 sites across Toronto, with the majority occurring at the two main Exhibition venues—259 Lake Shore Boulevard East in downtown’s Port Lands and the Small Arms Inspection Building in nearby Mississauga.

Taking up experiential and artist-led approaches, the Toronto Biennial of Art Programs explore issues, practices, and methodologies related to The Shoreline Dilemma. Led by Ilana Shamoon and co-curated by Clare Butcher and Myung-Sun Kim, the five programming streams—Co-Relations, Currents, Storytelling, Tools for Learning, and the Toronto Biennial of Art Residency—activate the two main Exhibition sites and also connect with projects around the city. Through storytelling, conversations, performative interventions, workshops, and readings, Programs invites visitors to gather and learn together in responsive and engaging formats along the water’s edge and at site-specific locations throughout the city as well as online.

Between Biennial editions, Programs nurtures further collaborations and relationships to advance ongoing projects and partnerships into 2020 and 2021.

About the Toronto Biennial of Art
Launching in fall 2019, the Toronto Biennial of Art (the Biennial) is a new international contemporary visual arts event that is as culturally connected and diverse as Toronto itself. For 10 weeks every two years, the city will be transformed by exhibitions, talks, and performances that reflect the local context while engaging with the world’s most pressing issues of our time. In an effort to make contemporary art available to everyone, the Biennial’s free, citywide programming aims to inspire people, bridge communities, and contribute to global conversations from a variety of perspectives.

To watch the opening weekend performances, tune in to Biennial Foundation YouTube channel.

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