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Nuit Talks 2017

The Nuit Talks program provides the opportunity to examine and showcase the arts and artists involved in Nuit Blanche Toronto. Through this series of inspired talks, round-table discussions and one-on-one interviews, the projects presented at Nuit Blanche Toronto will be explored further. This allows for the opportunity to provide insight into the works you will see on the night of and understanding of the ideas and impulses behind the projects.

For Nuit Blanche 2017, Nuit Talks is proud to partner with the ROM, the Aga Khan Museum, The British Council of Canada and BAND (Black Artists Network Dialogue)

All talks are free and open to the public. (Prior registration may be required)


Uncovering the TRUTH with artist Brian Leitch aka "KWEST"

Contemporary graffiti artist, Brian Leitch aka "KWEST" is known for his streamlined style. This self-taught carpenter, designer, builder and pillar in the fusion of graffiti and sculpture has been active in developing a unique and complex style of lettering for over twenty years. Leitch explores his project TRUTH, his journey and artistic practice that argues the potential of something or someone that might otherwise be rejected or thrown away. Using recycled clothing form H&M's Garment Collecting Initiative, TRUTH, reimagines discarded garments transformed into a work of art.

Host: Samara D'Auria, Communications & Press, H&M Canada
Moderator: Jessica Ford, Producer, VICE Canada

Monday, September 25 | 7 - 8 pm with Q & A to follow | FREE
OCADU, Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street
Doors Open at 6:30 pm


What is to be Done?

A wide-ranging talk about art and politics by the members of the St. Petersburg-based collective Chto Delat.The collective Chto Delat (What is to be done?) was founded in 2003 by artists, critics, philosophers and writers from Russia with the goal of merging political theory, art and activism. The name of the group derives from a novel by the Russian 19th century writer Nikolai Chernyshevsky, and brings to mind the first socialist worker’s self-organizations in Russia, which Lenin actualized in his own publication, What Is to be Done? (1902). Chto Delat is an artistic cell and a community organizer for a variety of cultural activities intent on politicizing knowledge production. The workshop will be focussed on the creation of posters that will be included in Chto Delat's installation in Toronto's Nuit Blanche (September 30-October 1, 2017, sunset to sunrise). Their project, 1968 through continents (Paris, Oakland, and elsewhere) (2017), is featured in curator Nato Thompson's exhibition "Monument to the Century of Revolutions."

Host: Jim Drobnick, Director of CADN

Tuesday, September 26 | 4:30 pm - Presentation by the Artists, 6 - 9 pm - Workshop with the Artists | FREE
Room 115, 1st Floor
OCAD University, Graduate Studies Builidng, Room 115, 1st floor, 205 Richmond Street West (at the corner of Duncan St.)
Doors Open at 3:30 pm
Due to limited availability, please email rsvp@toronto.ca to apply to participate. 


The Family Camera – Missing Chapters Revisted

Presented by the ROM

Family photographs seem universal. Yet for some families, they don't exist. Join ROM Assistant Curator Jennifer Orpana as she offers a behind-the-scenes look at the work of The Family Camera Network, a public archive project, and the making of The Family Camera. This visual presentation will be followed by a panel of emerging artists, researchers, and participants of The Family Camera Network, who will explore family photography through stories of loss, absence, and recovery.

Saturday, September 30 | 6 - 7 pm | FREE
Royal Ontario Museum, Eaton Theatre, 100 Queens Park

Register for Event


Shahzia Sikander on Disruption as Rapture
Presented by the Aga Khan Museum and the Toronto Ismaili Centre

An Artist’s talk by Shahzia Sikander, will involve discussions surrounding her practice as a contemporary artist from Pakistan, and her installation for Nuit Blanche. The commissioned installation, Disruption as Rapture 2016, animates the 18th-century Gulshan-i lsquo; (Rose Garden of Love) manuscript with a 15-foot installation in the Park. An original folio of the manuscript (ldquo; Sea serpent swallows the royal fleet rdquo;) is in the Museum's Permanent Collection, and will be available for viewing on Nuit Blanche to help provide context for the reinvented vision.

Saturday, September 30 | 7 - 8 pm | FREE
Ismaili Centre, Social Hall, 49 Wynford Drive, North York


Nuit Blanche 2018 First Contact - Time to Tell
Presented by the British Council

British Council logo

Join curator Karen Alexander (London, England) and a number of the artists she has invited to participate in the 2018 Nuit Blanche Toronto. The exhibition We All Have Stories will feature commissioned works by UK-based artists Gayle Chong Kwan, Maria Amidu, Tal Rosner, and dubmorphology: Gary Stewart and Trevor Mathison all of whom will be attending Toronto's Nuit Blanche for the first time. Learn about the initial impulses behind each of their projects, the artists' first impressions of Nuit Blanche and how the experience attending the 2017 event will influence and inspire the next stage of their creative processes.

Sunday, October 1 | 3 - 4:30 pm | FREE
Black Artists' Networks Dialogue (BAND), 19 Brock Avenue, Toronto

The talk is made possible by the generous support of The British Council of Canada, Toronto.