Shona Illingworth

Topologies of Air

The Power Plant presents Shona Illingworth's first major solo show in Canada.


In her first major solo exhibition in Canada, Shona Illingworth presents works that explore how space is occupied today. She probes how current modes of governance, surveillance, and weaponization are invading our interior worlds and transcending the borders of nation-states to create new frameworks of dominance and colonization. Lesions in the Landscape, an immersive video and sound installation, examines the complex individual and societal impacts of memory and cultural erasure; works in a variety of mediums constituting an “Amnesia Museum,” exploring how memory and forgetting intermingle; and, Topologies of Air, a video installation, is expanded for its Toronto debut, surveying how humans have radically transformed the sky since the advent of modernity, turning it into a complex and multilayered space. Illingworth’s inquiry reveals emerging power relations and knowledge structures that determine the manner in which we inhabit the world, contemplating their potential catastrophic impact on our co-existence and survival on this planet.

The exhibition Topologies of Air received curatorial support from Assistant Curator Jacqueline Kok, Nancy McCain & Bill Morneau Curatorial Fellow, 2021-2023.