Artist Talk with Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca
Art Gallery of York University
Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca give a tour of their AGYU exhibition and explore their works’ themes, production methodologies, and social-political contexts. Particular attention is paid to the role that documentary photography plays in their research-process and how filmmaking is used as a performative strategy that dramatizes new cultural traditions as they take shape. The artists also discuss their Toronto residencies and the development of their AGYU-commissioned film with spoken word poets from across the Greater Toronto Area.
Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca’s work celebrates—while at the same time reframing—vernacular cultural forms as they have manifested through time: as popular traditions become pop culture, for instance. Through photography and film, the artists examine cultural change-as-it-happens—as a space in-between, where cultural forms of the past adapt in response to changing economic conditions. Wagner and de Burca particularly look at emerging economies or post-colonial geographical contexts where popular genres persist through cultural mixing and diasporic refashioning. Their work was shown most recently at Skulptur Projekte Münster, Germany; São Paulo Museum of Modern Art; 32nd São Paulo Biennial; La Biennale arts actuels Réunion; and EVA International, Ireland. Wagner and de Burca live and work in Recife, an old colonial town located on Brazil’s northeast coast. They are the AGYU’s 2017–18 artists-in-residence.
Presented in conjunction with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
*Take the Contemporary Bus to the talk!
Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 12–5pm
The tour starts at Koffler Centre of the Arts at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street) and then departs for the Art Gallery of York University, Art Gallery of Mississauga, and Doris McCarthy Gallery. To save a seat RSVP at may-art-bus.eventbrite.ca.