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Traces

Traces

Christos Pantieras

Exhibit Dates

Thursday, January 7, 2016 to Sunday, March 6, 2016

Reception date & time

Thursday, January 7, 7:00pm

Description

For the solo exhibition Traces, Ottawa-based multidisciplinary artist Christos Pantieras brings together five of his existing series, all of which explore, appropriate, and recontextualize the remnants of everyday human practices.

Pantieras’ work seamlessly combines contemporary cultural obsessions with preservation methods of the past. Carbon paper, analogue photography, molded cement as a surrogate for carved stone; traditional materials are reanimated by Pantieras’ hand to channel comparatively recent conversations with friends and lovers, with family, and sometimes with the self. Not only intimate, these are also inherently ephemeral dialogues that would otherwise be lost to the march of time and to the fundamental impossibility of archiving everything we do.

Within the context of The ArQuives –a repository for both the monumental and mundane narratives that trace Canadian queer history– Pantieras’ dual focus on the past and present, the forgotten and the remembered, the intangible and the tangible, is especially meaningful. By concretizing queer narratives both literally and figuratively, and by monumentalizing the seemingly small and insignificant, Christos Pantieras’ work implores us not to forget. It asks us to view the past and the present as a continuum, and to reconnect our meaningful human actions to the traces they leave behind.

Biographies:

Christos Pantieras is a multidisciplinary artist who works in sculpture, installation, photography, and mixed media. His practice explores the frailty of personal connections and the humanism that is lost when interacting online. He received a BFA from the University of Ottawa (1996) and an MFA from York University (2015). Pantieras has received grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa. Select exhibitions include The Ottawa Art Gallery, Modern Fuel ARC, White Water Gallery, and the Luminato Festival.

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Traces

Traces

Christos Pantieras

Exhibit Dates

Thursday, January 7, 2016 to Sunday, March 6, 2016

Reception date & time

Thursday, January 7, 7:00pm

Description

For the solo exhibition Traces, Ottawa-based multidisciplinary artist Christos Pantieras brings together five of his existing series, all of which explore, appropriate, and recontextualize the remnants of everyday human practices.

Pantieras’ work seamlessly combines contemporary cultural obsessions with preservation methods of the past. Carbon paper, analogue photography, molded cement as a surrogate for carved stone; traditional materials are reanimated by Pantieras’ hand to channel comparatively recent conversations with friends and lovers, with family, and sometimes with the self. Not only intimate, these are also inherently ephemeral dialogues that would otherwise be lost to the march of time and to the fundamental impossibility of archiving everything we do.

Within the context of The ArQuives –a repository for both the monumental and mundane narratives that trace Canadian queer history– Pantieras’ dual focus on the past and present, the forgotten and the remembered, the intangible and the tangible, is especially meaningful. By concretizing queer narratives both literally and figuratively, and by monumentalizing the seemingly small and insignificant, Christos Pantieras’ work implores us not to forget. It asks us to view the past and the present as a continuum, and to reconnect our meaningful human actions to the traces they leave behind.

Biographies:

Christos Pantieras is a multidisciplinary artist who works in sculpture, installation, photography, and mixed media. His practice explores the frailty of personal connections and the humanism that is lost when interacting online. He received a BFA from the University of Ottawa (1996) and an MFA from York University (2015). Pantieras has received grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa. Select exhibitions include The Ottawa Art Gallery, Modern Fuel ARC, White Water Gallery, and the Luminato Festival.

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Telephone: 416-777-2755
Email: queeries@arquives.ca

Street Address:
34 Isabella Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1N1

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P.O. Box 699
663A Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z9

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NOTE TO RESEARCHERS:

Some of our materials are stored off site. Before visiting the archives, please send us an email at queeries@arquives.ca listing in detail the topics and sources that you wish to consult and we will let you know when they will be available. We aim to respond to email inquiries within 4 business days.

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE:

As we continue our efforts to make The ArQuives more accessible, we are renovating the front of the house to add a ramp to the front entrance. Please note that there will not be any construction work done during public service hours. Should there be any disruptions affecting our access to the front door and/or work in the house during this process, we will post a notice as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we try to make The ArQuives more accessible to all. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact the Executive Director, Raegan Swanson, at executivedirector@arquives.ca


The ArQuives is located on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wendat. Today, Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

The ArQuives strives to gather the stories of the unheard and silenced voices of the 2SLGBTQ+ first peoples of this land. We acknowledge that some stories have already been lost, and we aim to ensure that those that remain and those that are to come are preserved for the future.