Fogo Island Dialogues: Belonging to a Place

Scrap Metal Gallery
11 Dublin, Unit E, Toronto
Wednesday, September 6
6:00-8:00 pm
Everyone welcome; space is limited


Art en Valise, Fogo Island Arts and Scrap Metal present a special edition of the Fogo Island Dialogues in relation to the exhibition Belonging to a Place and featuring a selection of international participating artists.

Abbas Akhavan (IR/CA), Nadia Belerique (CA), Brenda Draney (CA), Flaka Haliti (KV), Leon Kahane (DE), and Augustas Serapinas (LT) will take part in a panel discussion moderated by Nicolaus Schafhausen (DE/CA), Director, Kunsthalle Wien and Strategic Director, Fogo Island Arts.

The Dialogues will address themes emerging from Belonging to a Place, such as displacement and alienation, the familiar and the foreign, family and society, community and nationality, the future and our shared global reality.

Fogo Island Dialogues is a series of interdisciplinary conferences, lectures and conversations. Hosted in collaboration with Canadian and international institutions, the Dialogues bring together leading thinkers, arts professionals, and researchers from a variety of disciplines to address issues of vital contemporary importance. Each edition of the Dialogues focuses on how art can influence social change, exploring the role that art and artists can play in such initiatives. Previous events have taken place in Vienna, Toronto, Vancouver, and on Fogo Island.

Belonging to a Place: An Exhibition by Fogo Island Arts (on view to September 23) presents and celebrates a selection of artists who have participated in residencies with Fogo Island Arts, or will do so in the near future. The exhibition departs from a consideration of the concept of “place,” seeking to examine where we feel we belong and how we relate to multiple notions of belonging. Presenting sculpture, installation, film, video, painting and drawing, the exhibition features a cross-section of international contemporary artistic practice united by a common theme and shaped by the singular experience of time spent on Fogo Island, Canada.

Belonging to a Place is a collaboration between Art en Valise, Fogo Island Arts and Scrap Metal. The exhibition is curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen.

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View Exhibition Booklet

Image: Nicolaus Schafhausen, Visitors, Fogo Island, Newfoundland, 2012.