LAND/SLIDE is an exhibition curated by Janine Marchessault that took place in Fall 2013.
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LINES ARE BIOPHYSICAL, EXPERIENTIAL AND CONCEPTUAL DIVISIONS, JUNCTURES AND CONNECTIONS TIED TO THE HISTORY OF LAND.
LAND/SLIDE : Possible Futures was a large site specific art exhibition in Markham, Ontario, one of the oldest, most culturally diverse and fastest growing suburbs in North America. The line is a critical formal element of the exhibition. In 2010, a proposal for a food belt in the Markham area, a line designed to curtail development into Ontario’s prime agricultural lands was narrowly defeated.
LAND/SLIDE is a multisectoral project that brought together 30+ artists—local and international, emerging and established—who work in a variety of media, and whose practice has been engaged with ecological issues to develop different interpretations of the concept of the line.
The Exhibition was grounded in the past through the Markham Museum and Heritage Village, which served as the Exhibition’s head quarters and central exhibition site. The Markham Museum contains extensive archives of the area as well as a collection of 80,000 artifacts, 30 buildings and century homes that were relocated to the site, a train station (not active) and 25 acres of land. A number of the project artists selected will take up a month long residency at the Museum site to develop their projects and reflect upon an imagined utopia or possible future outcomes.
Complete list of artists: Iain Baxter& | Andrew Bieler and Heather Rigby | Blue Republic | Angel Chen | Aron Louis Cohen | Dave Colangelo and Patricio Davila | Christine Davis | Department of Unusual Certainties | Duke and Battersby | Caitlin Fisher, Tony Vieira, and Tristan Prescott | Ken Gregory | David Han | Frank Havermans | Philip Hoffman | Mark-David Hosale | Terrance Houle | Maria Hupfield | Adrian Blackwell and Jane Hutton | Ali Kazimi | David Kidman | L+ | Deirdre Logue | Glynis Logue | Marman and Borins | Allyson Mitchell | MMM: Lisa Myers, Sean Martindale, and Yvan MacKinnon | Lisa Myers and Richard Fung | Julie Nagam | Skyhill Collective | David Harris Smith | Laura St. Pierre | Jennie Suddick | Xu Tan | Jeff Thomas | TIMEANDDESIRE | Tongue & Groove | Camille Turner
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The exhibition was supported by dozens of generous funders and donors, including: