On September 29, 2018, Toronto’s 13th annual Nuit Blanche (or “sleepless night” in French) will take place, a night in which the city is transformed into a free, live art installation. Modelled after the Parisian tradition of the same name. Toronto’s Nuit Blanche is often a highlight for local art goers. Not only does the event give an excellent opportunity for local artists to showcase their work, but it also gives Torontonians an excuse to get out, and explore their own city.
There are three major curated art installations this year:
Located in Scarborough (Toronto’s East End), STYLL looks to blur borders between the downtown core and the suburbs.
“Scarborough is a community of primarily working-class immigrants, Indigenous communities and first-generation Canadians. These historically underresourced, and often ignored, communities have used their collective action to influence the creativity of this place. STYLL illuminates the artistic production that has always existed, and continues to thrive, in Scarborough. ” – Alyssa Fearon (exhibit curator)
Dream Time: We all Have Stories
This exhibit features eight projects, moreso in Toronto’s Downtown core, focusing on the stories of place, memory and history.
“For one night only, the local and transcultural will dovetail and flow between various historic and architectural locations in an exchange of intimate and public languages. Audiences will be invited to explore and plot multi-directional routes across the margins of place, memory and history” – Karen Alexander (exhibit curator)
The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried focuses on the immigrant stories of Toronto, the installations are not all clustered in one area of the city, they are in various locations.
“Waves of new arrivals have helped shape and define the character of the city. Yet, recognizing the full breadth of their contributions is often subjective and flawed. Some stories are celebrated while others are obscured, dismissed or forgotten. The demolition of the Ward and its erasure, until recently, from the city’s imaginary, is symptomatic of this move to silence.” – Tairone Bastien (exhibit curator)
Aside from the three major curated exhibits, there are also a handful of independent and interactive projects throughout the city. Last year’s installations were almost all located in Toronto’s city hall, Nathan Phillips Square, and resulted in massive crowding, which in personal experience, took away from the art itself. However, this year it looks as if the art is much more spread out around the downtown core, and should result in a more enjoyable experience.
If you find yourself in Toronto on Saturday September 29, do not make the mistake of missing out on this fantastic event, from sundown to sunrise!
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