John Akomfrah, Vertigo Sea, 2015, 3 channel high‑definition video, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, © Smoking Dog Films, Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery, Photo: Installation view at the 56th Venice Biennale – All the World’s Futures, 2015, Courtesy Lisson Gallery

Turbulent Landings

To complement the fourth edition of the Canadian Biennial, Turbulent Landings at the Art Gallery of Alberta presents a selection of works by contemporary Canadian and international artists.  

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 [email protected] exhibition series.


Featured Artists

John Akomfrah
Shuvinai Ashoona /John Noestheden
Rebecca Belmore
Mark Bradford
Beau Dick
Julie Mehretu


Chris Ofili
Edward Poitras
Kelly Richardson
Wael Shawky
Hajra Waheed



Saturday, September 30, 2017 to Sunday, January 7, 2018


Art Gallery of Alberta
2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq
Edmonton, AB T5J 2C1

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