The Power Plant

Reading Lists

Every season we ask exhibiting artists and curators to share texts and books that continue to inspire and inform their artistic interests. Deep dive into these curated reading lists to gain more insight into the most relevant issues of today's world.

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Arctic/Amazon: Networks of Global Indigeneity

Arctic/Amazon: Networks of Global Indigeneity explores the ways in which Indigenous contemporary artists take on issues of climate change, globalized Indigeneity, and contact zones in and about the Arctic and the Amazon during a time of crisis.

Uýra, Untitled (Série elementar: Lama), 2017. Photograph printed on fine art paper, 100 x 150 cm. Courtesy the artist.

STROKE: Paulo Nazareth

STROKE, Nazareth’s first solo exhibition in Canada, presented a selection of long-term projects and a new body of work. The works highlight Nazareth’s reflections on the lasting effects of the colonial construction of the “Other” as an “alien enemy” who is positioned outside of humanity—stemming from slavery and rooting itself in structural racism, capitalist systems, and migration politics today.



BREATHLESS is a group exhibition that arises from today’s urgent concerns about our shared atmosphere—including the global pandemic, racial injustice (“I can’t breathe”), forest fires, and carbon emissions—all of which create a sense of uncertainty about our future.

Marguerite Humeau, Waste I -1 (a respiratory tract mutating into industrial waste), 2019Installation views & reproductions: Photos by Eden Krsmanovic / Courtesy of the artist and CLEARING New York, Brussels

Topologies of Air: Shona Illingworth

Shona Illingworth's first major solo show in Canada,Topologies of Air, explored 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.


YOU NAME IT: Sasha Huber

The YOU NAME IT exhibition at The Power Plant was Sasha Huber’s first solo show in North America. Huber is an artist who uses performance, photography, and film, among other media, to investigate colonial residues left in the environment. YOU NAME IT featured over a decade’s worth of work prompted by the cultural and political activist campaign “Demounting Louis Agassiz”.

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