Off-site screening of the film by Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca with live performances by NamedTobias. & Jameel3DN, Nathan Baya, Michie Mee, and Dynesti
Postponed until further notice due to new provincial regulations on gathering sizes.
Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) is eager to announce an outdoor off-site screening of RISE by Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca with live performances from some of the film’s extraordinary protagonists, including NamedTobias. & Jameel3DN, Nathan Baya, Michie Mee, and Dynesti.
On Friday, September 25th, beginning at 7pm, AGYU will present this internationally acclaimed film in the parking lot of Yorkgate Mall with live performances from some of the stars of the film who are from one of Toronto’s most influential spoken word and rap scenes. RISE is an exceptional film in all aspects, offering a complex and layered view into Wagner & de Burca’s socially engaged approach to film-making and dedication to capturing how vernacular forms of celebration and performance transform and translate into popular culture. Wagner & de Burca envelop geographic displacement and diasporic movement by capturing the mixing of cultural forms in the documentation and framing of existing scenes and pop genres.
RISE was commissioned by the AGYU in 2018, and produced by senior curator Emelie Chhangur who writes, “…Shot on the Toronto Transit Commission’s new Line One extension, the subway acts as a literal and conceptual platform to frame the artistic inquiries happening in Toronto’s suburbs and the special perspectives that this peripheral condition has to offer the visual culture of tomorrow.” The film is a culmination of staged and improvised performances from nearly 30 performers from Toronto’s Jane-Finch and Scarborough neighborhoods, created in conjunction with our Truth be Told Spoken Word mentorship program led by educator Allyson Adley.
Screening: RISE by Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca
Introductions & MC: Emelie Chhangur and Nathan Baya
Performances: NamedTobias. & Jameel3DN, Nathan Baya, Michie Mee, and Dynesti.
Date & Time: Friday, September 25th, 7pm
Off-site Location: North West parking lot of Yorkgate Mall (1 Yorkgate Blvd. Toronto, ON. M3N 3A1)
Covid-19 Protocols: Admission to screening is FREE, but requires pre-registration with check in on arrival.
For everyone’s comfort and safety, viewers are required to wear face coverings and remain seated with their party while maintaining a physical distance of 2 meters from others. The viewing area will have designated entry and exit points and additional masks and hand sanitizer will be available onsite.
This screening is in celebration of Art Gallery of York University and the Doris McCarthy Gallery’s co-acquisition of the film RISE by Wagner & de Burca. This joint venture marks the first co-acquisition of an artwork by both the AGYU and the DMG and is the first film collected by the AGYU for York University’s art collection. As Chhangur states, “the co-acquisition of RISE between AGYU and DMG ensures that this distinct artwork returns to the two suburbs from which the film originated and brings together Scarborough (DMG) and Jane-Finch (AGYU) through a gesture of generosity and sharing not unlike what manifests between the two communities in and through the film itself. The suburb-to-suburb relationships forged through the making of RISE will live on between these two galleries, in perpetuity, deepening our respective relationships to the local communities featured in the film.” Ann MacDonald writes, “the Doris McCarthy Gallery is thrilled to partner with the AGYU in acquiring this significant work. RISE is a document that shows us that some of the most powerful creative movements are happening in the suburbs. The acquisition of this film means that generations of students and members of the public will have access to the generative force that is RISE. Much gratitude is owed to Wagner and De Burca for condensing RISE’s living, artistic, and cultural movement into a powerhouse of a film.”
RISE has been presented at FRONT INTERNATIONAL Triennial of American Art, Cleveland (July 2018); Fortes, D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo (September – October 2018); Scarborough Nuit Blanche, Scarborough ON (September 2018); Berlinale, Berlin (February 2019), where it won the prestigious AUDI Award; Toronto Biennial of Art (Sept – Dec 2019); JUMEX, Mexico City (October 2019 – February 2020); and other venues and film festivals internationally, including the Moscow International Film Festival and the Guanajuato Film Festival (Mexico), where it won best experimental short film. In May 2019, AGYU published the first monograph on the films of Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca on the occasion of the 58th Venice Biennial, where they represented Brazil. When RISE screened at the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art, it was called “the best work ever made about Toronto” by Canadian art critic David Balzer in Frieze Magazine.