FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Performing the Landscape Opening in Calgary

Miruna Dragan + Jason de Haan
The Wood and Wave Each Other Know
Courtesy of the artists


Performing the Landscape Opens in Calgary

Five local galleries revisit the landscape tradition through the lens of the moving image from September 22 until November 12

Calgary, AB – Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG) and Alberta College of Art + Design invite you to attend Performing the Landscape, an exhibition of video and filmic works exploring the picturesque, wilderness and the sublime.

Landscape is one of the most evocative tropes in Canadian visual culture, a popular genre and a cliché that often insist on conventional and stereotypical representations of the country. It is nevertheless a most powerful subject matter still very much appreciated by practitioners and audiences alike. Generations of artists have attempted to capture and depict the sensation of being overpowered by the majesty or beauty of the natural environment time and time again.

In Performing the Landscape, each artwork introduces elements of performativity into the ‘natural environment.’ The landscape becomes a temporarily occupied and humanized space, and yet it resists the pressure of simply shifting to the background and becoming static scenery. This exhibition challenges these traditions and the conventional understanding of this genre by presenting the work of 13 international artists who have recently reinterpreted this theme, often with humour or in a deadpan manner. This exhibition is the most complex project to date in Calgary by Lorenzo Fusi, who was appointed as the IKG’s Visiting Academic Curator at the beginning of the year. The project is characteristic of Fusi’s collaborative practice in that it brings together several institutions under the same umbrella.

The artists included in this exhibition were selected to represent a number of different perspectives on the theme performance in the landscape, in addition to a range of geographical locations. Miruna Dragan and Jason de Haan, whose collaborative work was filmed in Northern Alberta also have strong ties to ACAD. Dragan is an Associate Professor with the College and de Haan is an alumnus, having graduated in 2006.

WHO: Exhibition curated by Lorenzo Fusi, the IKG’s Visiting Academic Curator, and features the work of the following artists: Janine Antoni, Miruna Dragan and Jason de Haan, Zackary Drucker, Cyprien Gaillard, Mikhail Karikis, Ragnar Kjartansson, Hans Op de Beeck, Taus Makhacheva, Sara Ramo, Julian Rosefeldt, Bill Viola and Ming Wong.

WHEN: Thursday September 22 until Saturday November 12, 2016.

Opening Reception: Thursday September 22

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Illingworth Kerr Gallery

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.


6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Contemporary Calgary

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


8 p.m. – Late

Stride Gallery

WHERE: The Illingworth Kerr Gallery (ACAD), Contemporary Calgary, Glenbow, Stride Gallery and TRUCK Contemporary Art.


For more information:

Steven Hodges
Communications + Engagement Specialist
Alberta College of Art + Design

About the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG)

IKG is a world-class exhibition space and flexible platform for critical enquiry and theoretical debate with a focus on visual culture. The gallery acts as an interface between the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) and the broader community. IKG is the longest-running international art program in Calgary, and a vital component of the city’s cultural ecology.

About Contemporary Calgary

Contemporary Calgary is building a global city of choice by engaging its citizens and visitors with the art of our times – through exhibitions, outreach and education programs the iconic Centennial Planetarium, itself a work of art, will be transformed into a significant cultural destination dedicated to modern and contemporary art.

About the Glenbow Museum

As a key cultural cornerstone in Calgary for 50 years, Glenbow has surprised and engaged generations of Albertans and visitors to the province with remarkable connections between art, culture and the world around us. Glenbow provides us with a sense of place -- what it means to live in this amazing landscape -- and an appreciation for the legacy of the remarkable people and events that have shaped our community.

About Stride Gallery

Stride is a non-for-profit artist run centre that values experimental, risk-taking art work, and fosters community conversation and participation. Stride provides gallery exhibition spaces as well as research and presentation opportunities for diverse art projects that encourage the reconsideration and reframing of conventional points of view.

About TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary

TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary is a non-profit artist-run centre dedicated to the development and public presentation of contemporary art. Since it was founded in 1983 the Society has facilitated over 500 exhibitions in addition to countless activities and events in support of cultural development and contemporary art appreciation. Currently, TRUCK hosts 15 exhibitions annually in its two exhibition venues, and various collaborative events and activities with other arts groups and nonprofit organizations.

About the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD)

Founded in 1926, ACAD has been a major contributor to Canada’s visual culture in the 20th century, with many of its graduates gaining significant national and international reputations as artists, designers and creative leaders. With an annual grant of just over $12 million, an annual budget of $20.6 million and employing over 200 staff, ACAD provides accredited degree standard education and learning opportunities to 1,200 students enrolled in full- and part-time studies in a wide range of art, craft and design studio disciplines. This year marked a major milestone for ACAD. In addition to offering credentialed undergraduate degrees in a variety of program areas, the College launched its first graduate program, a Masters of Fine Art in Craft Media, making it the only college in the Province to offer and confer university-level undergraduate and now, graduate degree programs.