The Power Plant

The Milliner's Daughter

Ydessa Hendeles

Past Exhibition

Jun 24 – Sep 04 2017

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Ydessa Hendeles, The Milliner’s Daughter, 2017. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2017. Photo: Henry Chan

CURATOR: GAËTANE VERNA

Ydessa Hendeles explores perceptions of difference and diversity in her work, assembling objects and artefacts into contemporary fables about the way representation and distortion, appropriation and assimilation can filter group and individual identities. For her first retrospective exhibition at a public institution, The Power Plant will display a selection of her artworks drawn from the past decade.

While the artworks in The Milliner's Daughter are informed by Hendeles' own personal and familial history, they also invite viewers to find points that resonate or connect with their own lives. The exhibition thus puts a graphic focus on their own stories, fostering a relationship with the audience that is engaging and never passive.

Presented over both floors of the gallery, The Milliner’s Daughter offers a single, multi-layered narrative. Included is From her wooden sleep… (2013), built around a group of wooden artists’ manikins composed in an unsettling tableau vivant. Sitting on benches arranged on the gallery floor rather than displayed on plinths, the manikins form a distinct community whose intense focus and collective gaze challenge visitors to consider and attempt to understand their relationship to the other occupants of the same space. Also part of this exhibition are THE BIRD THAT MADE THE BREEZE TO BLOW (2006-11), Crypt (2016), Canadian Child (2009), The Dead Jumbo. (2011) and Marburg! The Early Bird! (2008-2016).

For this first survey of her work, Hendeles has also created a new element, Blue Beard (2016), in The Power Plant's Fleck Clerestory to provide a dramatic and evocative portal to the exhibition. Through the lens of cultural objects and icons, the narrative that unfolds through the galleries conjures a deeply personal storyline about the power dynamics in relations between insiders and outsiders with all the vivid playfulness—and serious intent—of childhood fairy tales.


Ydessa Hendeles is a pioneering exponent of curating as a creative artistic practice. Blurring the borders between collector, curator and artist, she has fashioned her own distinctive space in the contemporary art world.

Beginning in the early 1990s, Hendeles began to incorporate her own artistic projects into her exhibition program at the Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation in Toronto and continued to do so until the gallery closed in 2012, after 25 years and the passing of her mother. Hendeles' psychologically charged works have been exhibited at: New Museum, New York (2016); Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2016); Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany (2016); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2015); König Galerie, Berlin (2012); Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (2011); Marburger Kunstverein, Marburg, Germany (2010); Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2010); National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2004); and Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2003).

Ydessa Hendeles is represented by Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Toronto, where her recent work, Death to Pigs, was exhibited in 2016. She now divides her time between studios in Toronto and New York.

24 JUNE –

4 SEPTEMBER 2017


CIRCLE OF SUPPORTERS' EXHIBITION PREVIEW

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 6-8 PM

PUBLIC OPENING PARTY

Friday, 23 June 2017, 6-11 PM


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MAJOR DONOR

Vincent Tangredi
Siu Lan Ko

SUPPORT DONORS

Ron Graham & Gillian MacKay Carol & Morton Rapp

DONORS

Debra & Barry Campbell
Audrey & David Mirvish

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LEARN MORE

Watch a video with Director of The Power Plant Gaëtane Verna, Curator of The Milliner's Daughter

(https://youtu.be/52rlelMkrXY)

Click the links below to read extended notes for the works on view.

Royal LePage Gallery: From her wooden sleep... Fleck Clerestory: Blue Beard Canadian Tire Gallery: Crypt McLean Gallery: THE BIRD THAT MADE THE BREEZE TO BLOW Mezzanine Gallery (2nd Floor): Canadian Child North Gallery Corridor (2nd Floor): The Dead Jumbo. North Gallery (2nd Floor): Marburg! The Early Bird!


EXHIBITION TOURING DATES

Missed the exhibition here at The Power Plant? Visit Death to Pigs at an institution near you.

Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna: 28 February - 27 May 2018


Summer 2017 Program Guide

Click here to read more about The Power Plant's Summer 2017 exhibitions and programming for the season!

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Ydessa Hendeles, The Milliner’s Daughter, 2017. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2017. © YdessaHendeles. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Robert Keziere.

Ydessa Hendeles, The Milliner’s Daughter, 2017. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2017. © YdessaHendeles. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Robert Keziere.

Ydessa Hendeles, The Milliner’s Daughter, 2017. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2017. © YdessaHendeles. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Robert Keziere.

Ydessa Hendeles, The Milliner’s Daughter, 2017. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2017. © YdessaHendeles. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Robert Keziere.

Ydessa Hendeles, The Milliner’s Daughter, 2017. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2017. © YdessaHendeles. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Robert Keziere.

Ydessa Hendeles, The Milliner’s Daughter, 2017. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2017. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Ydessa Hendeles, The Milliner’s Daughter, 2017. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2017. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Ydessa Hendeles, The Milliner’s Daughter, 2017. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2017. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

About the Artist


Ydessa Hendeles

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