This round table is being presented in conjunction with the exhibition Universal Loss which runs January 21 - February 18, 2017
Michèle Pearson Clarke, Jinyoung Kim, Agustina Comedi, Alvaro & Boris Castellanos, Gretchen Sankey
The exhibition was curated by Ulysses Castellanos and soJin Chun. Supported by the Ontario Arts Councils’ Culturally Diverse Curatorial Projects program.
Loss is the collateral damage of life. All of us, regardless of social status, cultural background, or ideological affiliation, experience a sense of loss, whether it is a state of bereavement at the death of a loved one, the disappearance of an old self, the expiry of childhood, etc., the state of "loss" permeates our experience and becomes a contrast that enables us to recognize the goodness, to savor the memories, and to keep going.
Universal Loss explores the ways in which artists with various practices, lifestyles, and backgrounds deal with the theme of loss within the context of the contemporary moment. In a world so rife with nationalistic tribalism, instability, uncertainty and conflict, working through (and embracing) this sense of the contingent, makes us better able to deal with the world, with ourselves, and with our fellows, friends and strangers alike.
Gallery 101 is committed to presenting new curatorial practices and supporting alternative voices that are unafraid to question or push contemporary ideas and perceptions. Ulysses Castellanos has been a valued collaborator with Gallery 101 since 2011. We are especially thankful to the Ontario Arts Council for their commitment to funding curatorial practices in support of Artist-Run culture.