Since 2010, the National Gallery of Canada has presented biennial exhibitions that showcase recent contemporary art acquisitions and highlight leading examples of Canadian and Indigenous art-making. In 2017, for the first time, the biennial is presented in two parts: Turbulent Landings at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton and the larger component of the exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
As Canada commemorates the 150th anniversary of confederation, Turbulent Landings: The NGC 2017 Canadian Biennial explores the subjects and themes addressed in the 2017 Canadian Biennial, bringing issues of land and the consequences of “landings” – colonialism, slavery and other forced migrations – into focus.
Through a range of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, video and mixed-media installations created by some of the most influential figures of Canadian, Indigenous and international contemporary art, Turbulent Landings: The NGC 2017 Canadian Biennial reveals how these artists engage with the increasingly globalized world of contemporary art.
Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada as part of the NGC@AGA exhibition series.
Shuvinai Ashoona /John Noestheden