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Coming to Terms

Curated By John G. Hampton
Master of Visual Studies / Curatorial Studies Internship

September 2013 - June 2014
Opening Reception: Monday September 16, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Visiting Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Presented at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto
170 St. George Street, 10th Floor

With works by Haegue Yang, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Simon Glass, Nicoline van Harskamp, James Clar, Thea Jones, Carl Trahan

Clar Image

Image Credit: James Clar, Global English, 2011. Eight acrylic and LED light boxes. Courtesy of the artist and Carbon 12 Dubai.

“All translation is only a somewhat provisional way of coming to terms with the foreignness of languages.” (Walter Benjamin, as translated by Harry Zhon)

Coming to Terms is an exhibition of seven international interdisciplinary artists working within the intersection of translation studies and artistic practice. The exhibition sprawls through the halls and offices of the Jackman Humanities Institute, and is structured around three overlapping themes: hegemonic anglophonization and its effects; deconstructionist translation; and intersemiotic translation. Employing a myriad of divergent mediums including video, vinyl text, commercial signage, chalk diagrams, and embroidered silk, the artists in Coming to Terms survey the concessions and accessions made when meaning is exchanged across disciplinary, cultural, linguistic and material borders.

The exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, and is financially supported by the Jackman Humanities Institute, as part of the Instututes 2013-2014 Program for the Arts on the theme of Translation.





Read story on curator John G. Hampton
in NOW Magazine, published April 10 2014, here.


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