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Artist Talk: Nadine Stijns
May 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Meet at bent 83 (in front of the shipping containers west of the skate trail)
Rain or Shine
Artist Nadine Stijns will speak about her site-specific public installation for CONTACT 2019 at The Bentway, against the backdrop of the social space she has created, which invites interaction. Stijns’ long-term photographic projects focus on migration, diasporic communities, and national identity in post-colonial regions. For A Nation Outside a Nation (2012–14), she draws attention to overseas Filipino workers and the evolution of their communities and cultural practices abroad. Stijns explores the large-scale phenomenon of labour migration—an essential reality for many Filipino families—from the perspective of the small-scale exchange of tax-free goods that occurs across borders: specifically, the custom of the balikbayan box. Presented within shipping containers at The Bentway, her project opens up conversations around migration and the ways in which new communities can come together through evolving traditions.
Image: Nadine Stijns
Nadine Stijns (b. 1977) graduated from the Akademie voor Kunst en Vormgeving St. Joost, Breda, studying fashion illustration (1995–97), and the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, studying photography (1997–2001). Currently based in The Hague, Stijns has given workshops and has lectured on labour migration and the Filipino diaspora; has exhibited locally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions, including the current exhibition at Kunsthal Rotterdam of the collaborative project The Anarchist Citizenship (with researcher Amal Alhaag). She has received numerous awards and grants for her work, and is represented by LhGWR.
About Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
CONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with its annual Festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery in Toronto. CONTACT presents lens-based works by acclaimed and emerging artists, documentary photographers, and photojournalists from Canada and around the world. The curated program of Primary Exhibitions (collaborations with major museums, galleries, and artist-run centers), and Public Installations (site-specific public art projects), are the core of the Festival. These are cultivated through partnerships, commissions, and new discoveries, framing the cultural, social, and political events of our times. The featured and open exhibitions present a range of works by local and international artists at leading galleries and alternative spaces across the city. CONTACT also includes a wide range of events including a book fair, lectures, talks, panels, workshops, and symposia during the Festival and hosts exhibitions and programs at its Gallery throughout the year.
CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997, is generously supported by Scotiabank, Scotia Wealth Management, Nikon Canada, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, Toronto Image Works, Transcontinental PLM, 3M Canada, BIG Digital, Waddington’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, Four By Eight Signs, Beyond Digital Imaging, Steam Whistle Brewing, Art Toronto, The Gladstone Hotel, The Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, CBC Toronto, and Canadian Art.
CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of Celebrate Ontario, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Ontario, Partners in Art, Canada Council for the Arts, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, the Howard Webster Foundation, Hal Jackman Foundation, Mondrian Fund, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Goethe-Institut, Tourism Toronto and all of their funders, donors, and programming partners.