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The Storyteller

June 9 to August 29, 2010

This June, a timely exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario explores how contemporary artists use storytelling to understand the social and political events of our time. Bold and thought-provoking, The Storyteller features video and photography, drawing, mixed media and installation works by leading international artists — including Cao Fei, Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller with filmmaker Mike Figgis, Omer Fast, Liisa Roberts and Hito Steyerl.

The works engage a number of narrative strategies. Some are fictional reconstructions of actual events. Others are investigations into the relationship between past and present —as in Fast’s Spielberg’s List, a video exploring the experiences of extras in Stephen Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List. Some of the featured artists, like Fei, incorporate contemporary versions of fairy tales and folklore, while others offer first-person explorations of current political situations. At its heart, The Storyteller invites us to engage in each narrative so that we can explore, and understand, our own involvement in historical processes and current events.

List of Works

A comprehensive listing of all the artists and works on display as a part of this exhibition

The exhibition is organized and circulated by iCI (Independent Curators International), New York. Guest curators for the exhibition are Claire Gilman and Margaret Sundell. The exhibition tour and catalogue are made possible in part by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the iCI partners.

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts

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