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September 14, 2022 @ 8:00 am - November 21, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Anita Cazzola, Laura Grier, and Justine Woods

September 14, 2022 – December 21, 2022

Curated by Erin Szikora, 2022 winner of the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators

Homecoming is an exhibition that considers the complexity and multiplicity of home. To return home is to reconnect to the familiar and the familial: the activities, people, and places that sustain us and provide us with safety, stability, and comfort. But where do we go when we don’t have “home” to return to? To many, this location or feeling has become elusive due to increasing social and cultural isolation and the threat of displacement.

This exhibition presents the work of Anita Cazzola, Laura Grier, and Justine Woods, whose contemplations of land, language, and community offer creative strategies to rethink our own relationships to both place and displacement. Emerging from Szikora’s curatorial research into alternative economies of artmaking and valuation that prioritize relationship-building as a key element of exhibition design, Homecoming invites the artists to help shape the exhibition based on their relationships to their materials, their communities, and each other.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph and presented with the support of the Centre Wellington Community Foundation Middlebrook Social Innovation Fund, the Guelph Community Foundation Musagetes Fund, and private donations. Created in 2012, the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators is awarded to a Canadian curator or curatorial team under 30 with the goal to support a resilient, sustainable, and inclusive arts sector in Canada. This year’s Middlebrook Prize jury was composed of Darryn Doull (Curator, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery), Jaimie Isaac (Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria), and Bushra Junaid (Independent Curator).

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