The Power Plant

Topologies of Air

Shona Illingworth

Past Exhibition

FEB 6 – MAY 1 2022

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Shona Illingworth, still from Topologies of Air, 2021. Three-channel high definition video and multi-channel sound installation, 45 min. Courtesy the artist. Comissioned by The Wapping Project.


WINTER 2022 PRESENTING SPONSOR

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INTERNATIONAL ARTS PARTNER

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CURATOR

AMIN ALSADEN

ASSISANT CURATOR

JACQUELINE KOK, NANCY MCCAIN & BILL MORNEAU CURATORIAL FELLOW, 2021-2023

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

View Shona Illingworth's reading list HERE.

Shona Illingworth,Topologies of Air, 2022. Courtesy the artist. Installation view: Topologies of Air, The Power Plant, 2022. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Shona Illingworth: Topologies of Air Photo: Henry Chan

Shona Illingworth: Topologies of Air Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Shona Illingworth, Lesions in the Landscape, 2015. Three-channel video and multi-channel sound installation, 35 min. Courtesy the artist. Installation view: Topologies of Air, The Power Plant, 2022. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Shona Illingworth, Airspace Rights, 2022. HPV-free wallpaper, 304.8 x 731.5 cm. Courtesy the artist. Installation view: Topologies of Air, The Power Plant, 2022. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Shona Illingworth: Topologies of Air Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Shona Illingworth, Airspace Tribunal # 1, 2021–ongoing. Three-part High-definition video and sound, approx. 180 min. Courtesy the artist. Installation view: Topologies of Air, The Power Plant, 2022. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Shona Illingworth: Topologies of Air Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Shona Illingworth, Topologies of Air, 2021. Three-channel digital video and multichannel sound installation, 45 min. Courtesy the artist. Installation view: Topologies of Air, The Power Plant, 2022. Photo: Toni Hafkenschied

Shona Illingworth: Topologies of Air Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Shona Illingworth, (2.16); (2.44); (2.56); (2.57); (3.09); (3.13); (3.14); (3.16); (3.22); (3.31); (3.42); (3.44); (4.08); (4.14); (4.42); (4.45); (4.52), (5.04), 2015. Photographic series of archival pigment prints with stereo sound, 25 pieces, 27 x 35 cm each. Courtesy the artist. Installation view: Topologies of Air, The Power Plant, 2022. Photo: Henry Chan.

Shona Illingworth, (2.16); (2.44); (2.56); (2.57); (3.09); (3.13); (3.14); (3.16); (3.22); (3.31); (3.42); (3.44); (4.08); (4.14); (4.42); (4.45); (4.52), (5.04), 2015. Photographic series of archival pigment prints with stereo sound, 25 pieces, 27 x 35 cm each. Courtesy the artist. Installation view: Topologies of Air, The Power Plant, 2022. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

TOUR THE EXHIBITION

EXPANDING ACCESS

Listen to Shona Illingworth's wall texts from the Topologies of Air exhibition at The Power Plant, narrated by Jessica Velasco:

READING ROOM

Our reading list helps expand on ideas and themes of The Power Plant's exhibitions. View Shona Illingworth's book selection HERE.

About the Artist


Shona Illingworth

Shona Illingworth is a Danish-Scottish artist based in London, UK. Through her interdisciplinary research-based investigation of science, politics, and the human condition, Illingworth raises critical questions about the territorialization of both earth and sky while examining gaps in our collective consciousness.

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