The exhibition Shine a Light highlights a selection of recent acquisitions to the National Gallery of Canada’s Canadian Contemporary, Indigenous and Photography holdings. It showcases some of the best and most innovative works being made today in a variety – and often combination of – media, from video and film to drawing and painting, photography to sculpture and installation. It reveals the unique ways contemporary Canadian artists are responding to the larger social and political state of the world through their art and how they are choosing interdisciplinary modes of self-expression that transcend traditional categories, materials and genres. The exhibition takes the pulse of contemporary art production in Canada as it becomes part of our national art history.
The exhibition presents over 80 works by 26 artists from across the country: David Armstrong Six, Shuvinai Ashoona, Nicolas Baier, Edward Burtynsky, Tammi Campbell, Mario Doucette, David Hartt, Isabelle Hayeur, Philippa Jones, Stéphane La Rue, Rita Letendre, An Te Liu, David McMillan, Damian Moppett, Luke Parnell, Vanessa Paschakarnis, Ed Pien, Tim Pitsiulak, Kelly Richardson, Jeremy Shaw, Althea Thauberger, Jutai Toonoo, Howie Tsui and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Shary Boyle’s The Cave Painter, presented at the last Venice Biennale, and Geoffrey Farmer’s monumental installation Leaves of Grass, shown at dOCUMENTA (13), are also featured.