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The Poetics of the Imagination

Curated by Ed Pien

This curatorial selection celebrates the achievements of seven excellent artists. All of them possess accomplished skills and present consistently, engaging and meaningful works. I praise the artists’ use of their imagination, allowing poetic and open-ended narratives to unfold.

Ed Pien is based in Toronto and Havana. He has shown in venues that include the Drawing Centre, NYC; V&A; Canadian Culture Centre, Paris; Goethe Institute, Berlin; Musée des beaux arts; Musée d’art contemporain; Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain, Montreal; Esker Foundation; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Mendel Art Gallery; Songzhuang Art Centre, Beijing; National Art Gallery of Canada; and MASS MoCA, Massachusetts. He has participated in the Montreal Biennale; the Sydney Biennale; the Moscow and Bienal Internacional de Asunción. His project, in the form of photographs, videos and an installation, involving a small group of Cuban Elders exploring the notion of time will be presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario this June, 2022. Pien was a visiting professor at Concordia University and has recently taken early retirement from the University of Toronto.


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