Yoli (Yoanna) Terziyska

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At the heart of the exhibition áscaras (Without Masks), currently at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, is the inherent contradiction between socialism’s ideals of equality and the lived experiences of racism for Cuban artists of African descent. Centering the Afro-Cuban experience, its complex social and political history, and the censorship of voices seeking to expose inequalities, Sin Máscaras is described as the largest and most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to contemporary... [more]
I lived in Havana as a child, and still visit frequently. Returning is always marked by relatives, friends, and of course a dose of tourist bliss—rum, beaches, and ruin lust. [1] Ruin lust comes in large doses in Havana. It seems that after 1959 (Castro’s Socialist Revolution), time only began performing in one direction, aging and tearing apart the physical fabric of the city. Familiar images of Havana show vintage American cars that still (as if by miracle!) keep running; photogenic colonial... [more]
is an exhibition at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, in Florence, presenting 19 works by the young Iraqi-Italian sculptor Athar Jaber. Several members of the international art community opened the exhibition with a series of talks and discussions on "Poly-cultural Identities," examining topics related to the blurring of national narratives and cultural boundaries. Both the exhibition and the debates spoke to the ideological nature national identity, opening onto themes that coincide with a number... [more]
is a public installation on view as part of this year’s CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto and  is located on the platforms and bus bays of Warden subway station—a busy stop connecting Toronto’s downtown to the city’s suburbs. It is a site that sees a large volume of daily commuters, who either work or study in the center, making it a particularly relevant location for showcasing Alejandro Cartagena’s photographs from his series Carpoolers (2011-2012) and Suburbia Mexicana (2006-2010).... [more]
rup·ture ˈrəpCHər/ To breach or disturb (a harmonious feeling or situation). synonyms: sever, break off, breach, disrupt   The 2015 Images Festival, North America’s largest festival for contemporary and experimental media, opened in Toronto on April 9. Art and film enthusiasts in the city have the chance to attend a variety of events taking place across the city—from artist-run centers and art galleries, to the Chinatown Centre Mall. The annual event was started in 1987 and has since... [more]
About eight years ago, before J.Crew arrived in Toronto, I was having a conversation with a colleague at the University of Toronto. He was an Art History PhD from Ohio, who specialized in medieval Italian church frescoes and dressed like the quintessential preppy yuppie: buttoned-down gingham cotton shirts, khaki pants, Clarks. He complained about how he couldn’t shop in Toronto, because it hadn’t yet caught up with “civilization” by having a J.Crew. Recently, I found myself wandering one of... [more]
“Why are there so many people here?” “It’s for the Raptors game.” Ragnar Kjartansson, S.S. Hangover, 2013, Music by Kjartan Sveinsson; Courtesy of the artist and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik and Luhring Augustine, New York   This is a conversation I overheard between two hurried commuters while attending opening night for the event Villa Toronto a couple of evenings ago. Organized by Warsaw’s Raster Gallery and presented in association with Toronto’s Art Metropole and other local art... [more]
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) have taken on a novel approach to programming in the last year with two common purposes: to increase institutional relevance and popularity, and as a fundraising strategy. Both institutions organize frequently scheduled parties; AGO has First Thursdays and ROM hosts Friday Night Live. They are certainly not the first museums to develop programming that entices patrons and a larger audience with attractive parties featuring... [more]
Allen Ginsberg’s Photographs: The Unforgivable Passage of Time   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Allen Ginsberg at University of Toronto Art Centre September 2nd, 2014 - December 6th, 2014
Posted 10/24/14
An exhibition of Allen Ginsberg’s photographs, currently on view at the University of Toronto’s Art Centre, presents its audience with a large volume of stills taken by the poet between 1953 and 1996. Approximately 150 images hang on the walls of , representing some of Ginsberg’s most intimate documented moments that capture and immortalize an instance in time. The viewer’s relationship to the work, like a gesture of paying homage, shifts between the dual role of exhibitionism and voyeurism... [more]
Effectively Ineffective: Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint at the Art Gallery of Ontario   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Matthew Barney at Art Gallery of Ontario May 31st, 2014 - September 28th, 2014
Posted 9/11/14
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is currently holding an exhibition of video works by American artist, Matthew Barney. The works belong to —a long-term, ongoing project Barney started in 1987. Thus far, he has produced nineteen installments in the series, of which three—Drawing Restraint 2 (1988), 6 (1989) and 17 (2010)—are looped on display. The exhibition similarly unfolds in three parts. The Show The gallery’s visitors may harbor the expectation to immerse themselves in the hyper-visual... [more]
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