The Power Plant

Tirdad Zolghadr: Painting with a Hammer

Tue Apr 15 2014

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

$15 - click the button below or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office to purchase tickets
FREE to Members of The Power Plant and Images Festival - call 416.973.4926 or email Jen to reserve tickets
Please note that if the event is sold out, reserved Members' tickets that are not picked up by 6:50 PM will be released.

Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

Tirdad Zolghadr is a writer and curator who has published novels, criticism and essays on contemporary art. He has contributed to frieze, Parkett, Bidoun and Cabinet, among other publications. His curatorial work includes a number of discreet, durational projects such as Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie (with Nav Haq), as well as biennial settings in Taipei, Venice and Sharjah. As a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York, Zolghadr was editor of Red Hook, an online journal for curatorial studies. The working title of his third novel is Headbanger.

In his lecture entitled Painting with a Hammer: Curatorial Accountability in a Biennial Setting, Zolghadr will discuss reflexivity, labour relations and curatorial accountability in a biennial setting, using the Taipei Biennial 2010 as case study.

Additionally, The Power Plant is pleased to co-present a screening and workshop with Zolghadr as part of Images Festival.

Screening: Two Hours Two Minutes Wednesday, 16 April, 8:30 PM Jackman Hall, AGO Click here for tickets

Two Hours Two Minutes is a program of short films curated by Zolghadr reflecting the theme of entrapment and sharing an interest in reflexivity. Hito Steyerl’s Adorno’s Grey (2012) traces the epistemic implications of the famous “boob attack” during Adorno’s last lecture. Sarah Morris’ 1972 (2008) revisits the decisions leading to the Olympic Games massacre in Munich. In Frank Heath’s Invasive Spaces (2012), an unsuspecting rental agent is gently lured into a conversation on intrusive parakeets and the quest for the genuinely random. The program concludes with two exposés on the means and methods of voyeurism: Lukasz Jastrubczak’s Soundtrack (2012) and Jean Eustache’s legendary Une sale histoire / Une sale histoire racontée par Jean-Noël Picq (1977).

Workshop Friday, 18 April, 12 - 3 PM Gallery TPW
Space is very limited and advance registration is required. Email Kim Simon to register.

Painting with a Hammer: Workshop expands on the concepts addressed in Zolghadr’s lecture, which participants are required to attend. Assessing particular artworks on display at the Taipei Biennial 2010, as well as the 2Y component of the Biennial which aimed to realize art educational proposals for artists working within the biennial industries over a two year period in Taipei, the workshop will critically address the premises of the project and engage in a speculative exercise charting other paths than the ones pursued.


2014 International Lecture Series Donor

J.P. Bickell Foundation

International Lecture Series: Tirdad Zolghadr on Vimeo