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Hockey, Globalization Highlight New Exhibits At AGW

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Art Gallery of Windsor presents the opening program of its winter/spring exhibitions: Power Play: Hockey in Canadian Contemporary Art, and Johan Grimonprez: Dialogues. Through the lenses of hockey and film, both exhibitions challenge popular perceptions in contemporary society.

Power Play: Hockey in Canadian Contemporary Art explores hockey as a piece of the Canadian identity. Up for debate is whether this notion is real or imagined.

Inspired by the idea that hockey is far more diverse than stereotypes, the exhibition features 14 contemporary artists including, Kent Monkman, Judy Anderson, François Morelli, and Hazel Meyer. A selection of hockey artifacts from the Hockey Hall of Fame add important historical context.

Belgium-born and New York-based multimedia artist and filmmaker Johan Grimonprez makes his first solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Windsor. Using cinematic installations, Johan Grimonprez: Fact, Fiction and Film challenges the concept of globalization and the relationships between people, corporations, and government.

Two of the filmmaker’s best-known films are featured.

Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y is a critically-acclaimed repackaging of archival airplane hijacking footage into a form of passive family room entertainment. Blue Orchids is an exposé of the many players and victims of international arms trade.

The flip-side of Grimonprez’s films invite viewers to separate fact from fiction in a world of opposing views.

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