September 9, 2019 - The Power Plant - Fall 2019 Exhibition Season
September 9, 2019

The Power Plant

Rashid Johnson, Untitled (Microphone Sculpture), 2018. Bronze panel, ceramic tile, mirror tile, animal skin, books, shea butter, ceramics, plant, oil stick, black soap, wax. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and David Kordansky Gallery. Photo: Martin Parsekian.

Fall 2019 Exhibition Season
September 21, 2019–January 5, 2020

Opening Party: September 20, 8–11pm

The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay West
Toronto Ontario M5J 2G8
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Thursday 10am–8pm

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The Power Plant concludes 2019 with four new exhibitions on view from September 21, 2019 to January 5, 2020. The Fall 2019 season presents exhibitions by artists Hajra Waheed, Vincent Meessen, Naeem Mohaiemen and Rashid Johnson.

Hajra Waheed: Hold Everything Dear
Guest Curator: Nabila Abdel Nabi

Hajra Waheed translates research and observation into works that explore the links between security, surveillance and the covert networks of power that structure our lives, while also addressing the traumas of displaced subjects affected by legacies of colonial and state violence. 

Waheed’s most ambitious project to date, Hold Everything Dear takes a single form—the spiral—as a starting point to reflect on processes of upheaval in human experience. Partly inspired by a collection of essays on survival and resistance by art critic and novelist John Berger, the works act as a meditation on undefeated despair and the possibilities for radical hope.

Vincent Meessen: Blues Klair
Guest Curator: Michèle Thériault
Assistant Curator: Justine Kohleal

Blues Klair is developed around Vincent Meessen's newly commissioned immersive film installation Ultramarine, which focuses on a mesmerizing spoken word performance of the self-exiled African-American poet Gylan Kain, whose performances in the late 1960s were a primary influence on the development of rap.

In the blue layered textile structure that frames Ultramarine and multiple references throughout, the colour blue is the chromatic, historical and discursive filter through which Blues Klair is experienced. It is an alternative way to read history through colour, ultramarine referring all at once to a pigment, overseas territories, trade, colonial and slave routes. 

Naeem Mohaiemen: What we found after you left
Curator: Lauren Barnes

Naeem Mohaiemen combines films, installations and essays to investigate the idea of socialist utopia during the Cold War era. Despite underlining a tendency within the left to mis-recognize potential allies, a hope for a future international left, as an alternative to current silos of race and religion, is a basis for the work. 

Mohaiemen’s exhibition will span two seasons at The Power Plant and feature four films in a rotating program: Tripoli Cancelled (2017); United Red Army, The Young Man Was: Part 1(2011); Two Meetings and a Funeral (2017); and Afsan’s Long Day, The Young Man Was: Part 2 (2014). Each film is accompanied by work in photography, print or sculpture as "footnotes."

Rashid Johnson: Anxious Audience
Curator: Lauren Barnes
Assistant Curator: Amin Alsaden, RBC Curatorial Fellow

For his first solo presentation in Canada, American artist Rashid Johnson has undertaken a major new site-specific work. This is the fifth iteration of the Clerestory Commission Program, which invites artists to respond to The Power Plant’s central light-filled space.

Since 2015, Johnson’s output has encompassed representational works entitled Anxious Audiences. For The Power Plant, he has developed an ambitious new work in this series, enveloping visitors amongst an accumulation of portraits incised in West African black soap and wax on white tile panels. Reflecting a sense of collective unease, this crowd of faces emerges through a process of "drawing through erasure" into the viscous black surfaces.

Together with our Fall exhibitions, we are pleased to present numerous opportunities for visitors to engage with the works on view. Please visit for more details.

Support for Hold Everything Dear includes Presenting Donor: The Michael and Sonja Koerner Charitable Foundation; Arts Partner: Bureau du Québec à Toronto.

Blues Klair is organized and circulated by the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University with the support of Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Support for What we found after you left includes Presenting Donor: Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation; Supported by: Experimenter Gallery, Kolkata.

Support for Anxious Audience includes Presenting Donors: Alison & Jim Christodoulis; Lead Sponsor: ProWinko; Supported by: David Kordansky Gallery and Hauser & Wirth.

Admission to The Power Plant is all year, all free, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal Financial Group.

Director: Gaëtane Verna

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