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YTB Gallery Exhibition

Younger Than Beyoncé (YTB) Gallery

June 10 – 26, 2016

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YTB Gallery is Toronto’s newest artist-run centre. A nomadic gallery, they bring the freshest art exhibitions to the city, providing professional exhibition opportunities for Toronto artists under the age of 33. This summer, they are delving into Toronto’s underground art scene and moving into the Hearn with the finest, newest visual art in the city. YTB’s exhibition programming is about creating survival tactics in a dystopian world. They are prospecting a new environment as a possible settlement through a series of immersive installations. These artists will be sampling, observing, map-making, and creating new protective technologies for the Hearn.



Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko

Video, 18 minutes, loop

Three narrators ominously rearrange the promotional texts from several major arts institutions, turning their hyperbolic language into a haunting vision of an uncertain future.


Arts Partners at the Hearn: Sharing the Space

After 10 years of partnering with arts organizations, venues and cultural groups across the city, Luminato Festival will manage and run its own unique venue. The Festival is curating a series of performance events and artistic activations with arts partners from across the city, celebrating Luminato’s long history of working with arts organizations and cultural partners in Toronto in a new way: by sharing at the lowest possible cost the infrastructure and space we’re building.

Image: video still 2016, artists Parastoo Anoushehpour, Faraz Anoushehpour and Ryan Ferko.


Creative Team

Geniève Wallen
Franco Arcieri
Tsēma Tamara Skubovius
Marina Fathalla
Nicole Clouston 

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Curatorial Statement

As an ancient power generating station, the Hearn is the ideal site to explore post-apocalyptic/dystopian fantasies and its steampunk/DIY aesthetics. Whether the end of the world occurs due to global warming, bacteriological or nuclear war, there will be a few survivors coming together to start anew, to devise innovative survival tactics, and build a sanctuary from external chaos. For this project, I am interested in examining the idea of prospecting for settlement through scientific gestures, such as sampling, observing, surveying, map making, and creating new protective technologies. The chosen sites on which a new community settles — namely an abandoned building, a farm, a house, or a vacant lot — has already been marked by past inhabitants, it has an affective memory that can be acknowledged or silenced. This exhibition will raise the following questions: how does one becomes acquainted with their surroundings? And, further, how do we redefine space through occupation as well as delineating its value.