The second edition of the Toronto Biennial of Art (The Biennial/TBA), will makes its way to various venues across Toronto and the GTA, March 26 to June 5. Taking place every two years, the event offers accessible visual art exhibitions, installations, and talks along the shores of Lake Ontario.
Spanning 72-days, the free event will feature 23 new commissions across nine locations and will bring together local and international artists hailing from countries around the world including Argentina, France, Japan, and Zimbabwe, as well as Indigenous communities in Canada, Colombia, Aotearoa, New Zealand, Norway, and the United States.
“Having postponed our event by six months, we are eager to invite our local audiences and communities back, and excited to once again welcome the world to Toronto this spring to experience ambitious contemporary art by among the most compelling artists working today,” said Patrizia Libralato, TBA founder and executive director. “Our curatorial team has expanded on the themes of the 2019 Biennial to create a second edition that speaks directly to many facets of Toronto’s history, geography, and culture that inform what our city is today. The Biennial team is also honoured to welcome back partners and sponsors who continue to support our bold vision.”
TBA 2022 is titled, What Water Knows, the Land Remembers, and will explore locations near-above ground and hidden tributaries that channel water into Lake Ontario, as well as the ravines that shape the city’s geography.
Highlights of new work include Mississippi Choctaw/Cherokee painter and sculptor, Jeffrey Gibson’s creation, I AM YOUR RELATIVE, a multi-purpose installation that will feature 15 moveable stages and be located on the ground floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).
Canadian media and performance artist, Camille Turner’s, Nave, is an immersive multimedia installation which will explore the link between the nave of a church, a tomb and the hold of a ship, which Turner calls ‘the womb of the world.’
Alutiq multidisciplinary artist and performer, Tanya Lukin Linklater’s Biennial project will feature four dancers responding to her texts and instructions of a physical investigation of water through intimate performances filmed in their homes.
A complete list of artists is available on the TBA website.