Toronto Biennial of Art: Sinaaqpagiaqtuut/The Long-Cut
September 21 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Sinaaqpagiaqtuut/The Long-Cut is a project by Embassy of Imagination, produced by PA System. It is co-commissioned and co-presented by The Bentway and the Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA) as part of the latter’s inaugural event, running from September 21 – December 1, 2019.
Sinaaqpagiaqtuut/The Long-Cut is a procession that begins in Kinngait (Cape Dorset, Nunavut) and continues at The Bentway on the Biennial’s Opening Day in Toronto. Moving across the waterfront, the procession ends at 259 Lake Shore Boulevard East, a Biennial exhibition site presenting a related installation by Embassy of Imagination + PA System. The procession features works by youth from the Peter Pitseolak High School in Kinngait, in collaboration with the Oasis Skateboard Factory School in Toronto.
Members of the public are invited to follow the procession along the way.
About the Toronto Biennial of Art
Launching September 21, 2019, the Toronto Biennial of Art is a new international contemporary visual arts event as culturally connected and diverse as the city itself. For 72 days, Toronto and surrounding areas will be transformed by free exhibitions, talks, and performances that reﬂect our local context while engaging with the most pressing issues of our time. The inaugural Biennial will present over 100 works by Canadian, Indigenous, and International artists installed at more than 10 sites on or near Toronto’s waterfront.
About Embassy of Imagination and PA System
Embassy of Imagination (EOI) is an ongoing collaboration between PA System (Patrick Thompson and Alexa Hatanaka) and youth in the arctic community of Kinngait (Cape Dorset, Nunavut). EOI’s emergent process is a sustained mentorship that connects to local knowledge, provides technical and innovative art workshops, and encourages community collaboration and engagement in the arts. EOI works across institutions and agencies to empower youth leaders. Activities have led to large-scale public murals, video and installations. EOI challenges expectations of youth-engaged work, strengthening Kinngait youth voices within their community and in urban city centres.