April 25, 2020
The Varley Art Gallery of Markham
Markham Civic Centre
101 Town Centre Boulevard
Free admission, registration required
Salvadorian artist Irma Villafuerte will lead participants through a movement workshop inspired by the exhibition Emotional Landscapes at The Varley Art Gallery of Markham.
*Registration required, space is limited. No dance experience required.
Emotional Landscapes juxtaposes works from the Varley Art Gallery’s collection with the contemporary practices of Jessica Karuhanga and Alex R.M. Thompson. Building on the nineteenth century English Romantic tradition, the Group of Seven captured the raw, emotional nature of places like Algonquin Park. Their expressive, melancholic and sublime landscapes are often devoid of human bodies. However still noticeable in them are marks indicative of human activity. Responding to the established, and at times problematic, narrative of historical Canadian landscape painting, Karuhanga and Thompson propose a political view of nature and landscape, one that acknowledges the consequences of the humans that live and work in it.