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slow horizon

February 26 - April 2nd 2021


Donya Aref
Mitra Fakhrashrafi
Kim Ninkuru
Adrienne Matheuszik

Curated by

Karina Iskandarsjah

The horizon is blank. From where we stand,

the landscape slowly unfolds.


slow horizon presents new media and hybrid-format art works by Donya Aref, Mitra Fakhrashrafi, Kim Ninkuru and Adrienne Matheuszik that decipher remnants of the past in order to form predictions and desires for a future. These artists use data visualization, design communication, and science fiction tropes as tools to uncover fractured, disturbing and ambiguous narratives brought upon by colonial legacies and late-stage capitalism. The works range in form: a website, textbook syllabus, and performances by digitally animated clones. They hybridize a sense of self with multiple histories and speculative fictions to transcend its own present moment and become non-synchronous to the very issues they speak to.





slow horizon acknowledges that it is situated on the ancestral and traditional territories of many nations including the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, Missisaugas of the Credit, and the Wendat Confederacy, who are the original caretakers of the land on which we exist, take space, and create art.


Toronto or Tkaronto is in the ‘Dish With One Spoon Territory’, a pre-colonial treaty between First Nations that emphasize how land can be shared to the mutual benefit of all its inhabitants. Gdoo-naaganinaa - meaning “Our Dish” in Nishnaabemwin - was a relationship “designed to promote peaceful coexistence and it required regular renewal of the relationship through meeting, ritual, and ceremony.” (Simpson) Today it represents harmony and interconnection, and requires everyone to be responsible for taking care of the land’s resources. As an immigrant and settler, I strive to live by these standards, to treat each other and the land with utmost care and respect.


This land acknowledgement is not meant as a statement of closure, but a reminder that occupying this space is a privilege, which we often take for granted. Across this continent, profit from land theft and unlawful resource extraction is constantly prioritized over the survival and wellbeing of First Nation peoples. In solidarity, we must resist colonial violence and act to protect the land’s capacity to regenerate and sustain life.