A photograph featuring Canadian women in uniform who were serving in various capacities at the Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan in March of 2009. Part of the Althea Thauberger: The State of the Situation exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
A photograph featuring Canadian women in uniform who were serving in various capacities at the Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan in March of 2009. Part of the Althea Thauberger: The State of the Situation exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

In a media release, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia announced the recent openings of two new exhibitions showcasing contemporary Canadian art.

Althea Thauberger: The State of the Situation contains an overview of visual artist Althea Thauberger’s practice that often focuses on military, political and social themes. The three films and two photo installations allow visitors to access her collaborative artmaking covering over a decade’s worth of work.

“This exhibition shows a range of Althea’s impressive artworks,” says Sarah Fillmore, chief curator at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and curator of the exhibition. “They engage and empower the communities she’s worked in, helping the people who live there define their identities by often utilizing the politicized spaces around them. She highlights the importance architecture of place has on gathering spaces and on creating community, a sentiment we also embrace at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.”

For nearly two decades, Althea Thauberger has gained international attention and acclaim with dozens of solo and group exhibitions in museums around the world. She was first on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as part of the second Sobey Art Award in 2004, where her work not afraid to die was acquired for the Permanent Collection.

Althea Thauberger: The State of the Situation is part of a national three-venue examination of her work that also includes exhibitions developed by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver.

An image from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia exhibition NSCAD Lithography Workshop: Contemporary Editions.
An image from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia exhibition NSCAD Lithography Workshop: Contemporary Editions.

The NSCAD Lithography Workshop: Contemporary Editions is curated by Melanie Colosimo, director and curator of Halifax’s Anna Leonowens Gallery Systems, and contains eight new lithographs by eight high-profile contemporary Canadian artists.

“This exhibition celebrates the remounting of one of NSCAD’s greatest achievements as an institution,” says Colosimo. “Fifty years ago, the Lithography Workshop was established and went on to influence artistic accomplishments in printmaking that still resonate today. It’s a significant milestone in the timelines of both NSCAD and the Anna Leonowens Gallery.”

Production on these new prints began in June 2017 with Tararind certified Master Printer, Jill Graham and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Lithography Workshop.

The eight artists whose works are included in the exhibition are Brenden Fernandes, Ed Pien, Amy Malbeuf, Derek Sullivan, Shary Boyle, Shuvinai Ashoona, Jordan Bennett, and Ericka Walker.

Althea Thauberger: The State of the Situation will remain on view until April 5, 2020. NSCAD Lithography Workshop: Contemporary Editions will remain on view until April 26, 2020. Visit artgalleryofnovascotia.ca for more information.