Stan Douglas: 2011 ≠ 1848 [The Polygon Gallery]
Recognized as one of Canada’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, whose multidisciplinary practice includes films, photographs and — more recently — theatre productions, Stan Douglas has continually reimagined the mediums of photography and multi-channel film and video installations. Originally featured at the 59th International Art Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia 2022 — Stan Douglas: 2011 ≠ 1848 draws a comparison between the events of 2011 and those of 1848: a year in which continent-wide upheaval found European middle and working classes allied in a fight against a lack of democratic freedoms, restrictions on the press, and the continued dominance of an aristocratic elite.
Although presented in separate venues at the Biennale, Stan Douglas: 2011 ≠ 1848, curated by Reid Shier, will be brought together as a single show for the first time on its cross-Canada tour. Following its run at The Polygon Gallery in Vancouver, it will travel to the Remai Modern in Saskatoon, and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
This exhibition is presented as a partnership between the National Gallery of Canada, Remai Modern, and The Polygon Gallery.