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About Exhibitions

As a public art gallery, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art exhibits the work of emerging and established Canadian and international artists in three distinct galleries. Its main gallery features solo and group exhibitions of contemporary photographic, media and digital arts, while sound works are presented in its audio art gallery and site-specific installations in its surround gallery, the latter a ten-metre-long glass enclosure that surrounds the main entrance of the facility.

Developed by staff and guest curators, this year-round programme consists of three-to-five exhibitions in the main gallery, eight exhibitions in the audio art gallery and one installation in the surround gallery. Selected exhibitions travel regionally, nationally and internationally.

Since the launch of its galleries in 2003, Prefix ICA has been consistently lauded for the outstanding quality of its exhibition programme, having received more than twenty awards from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries for its exhibitions, installations, and publications, as well as the art direction for its print promotions.

Visual Art
Current Exhibitions

Lara Almarcegui
Lara Almarcegui
Guide to the Leslie Street Spit

May 4 to July 22, 2023

Karen Zalamea
Karen Zalamea
The Prefix Prize

May 4 to July 22, 2023

Past Exhibitions

Andreas Rutkauskas
Andreas Rutkauskas
The Prefix Prize

May 5 to June 25, 2022

Movers and Makers
Movers and Makers
Aaron Jones, Christina Leslie, Dainesha Nugent-Palache
and Bidemi Oloyede

May 1 to July 17, 2021

Movers and Makers
Chris Myhr
The Prefix Prize

May 1 to July 17, 2021

Lyla Rye
Lyla Rye

October 2, 2020 to March 27, 2021

Amar Kanwar
Amar Kanwar
Such a Morning

Feb 7 to July 25, 2020

Nadia Myre
Nadia Myre
Listen, speak and sing

October 4 to November 30, 2019

Taysir Batniji
Suspended Time

May 3 to July 20, 2019

Deimantas Narkevičius
20 July, 2015

February 8 to March 30, 2019

On Being Illiberal
Carl Beam, Merritt Johnson and Fallon Simard

October 5 to November 24, 2018

Tatzu Nishi
Life’s Little Worries of Sir Adam Beck

September 5 to 30, 2018

Trevor Paglen
Surveillance States

May 4 to June 16, 2018

Movers and Shakers
Sandra Brewster, Stephanie Comilang, Esery Mondesir,
Sabrina Russo, Kate Schneider and Tek

January 11 to March 24, 2018

Blake Fitzpatrick and Vid Ingelevics
The Labour of Commemoration

October 5 to November 25, 2017

Michael Snow

May 5 to July 22, 2017

Gunilla Josephson
Houses and Whispers

February 16 to April 22, 2017

Renée Green

October 6 to November 26, 2016

Rodney Graham
Jack of All Trades

May 12 to July 30, 2016

Susanne Kriemann
Pechblende (Prologue)

February 4 to March 26, 2016

Charles Stankievech
The Soniferous Æther of the Land Beyond
the Land Beyond

October 2 to November 21, 2015

Yto Barrada
Beaux Gestes

May 7 to July 25, 2015

Myriam Yates
Racetrack Superstar Ghost

February 5 to March 28, 2015

Los Carpinteros

October 2 to November 22, 2014

Steve Payne
False Fronts

May 8 to July 26, 2014

Sylvia Safdie
The Absent Present

February 6 to March 29, 2014

Trade Marks
Keesic Douglas, Meryl McMaster, Nigit’stil Norbert
and Bear Witness

September 19 to November 23, 2013

The World Over
Donna Conlon, Glenda León and
Rivane Neuenschwander

May 2 to June 22, 2013

Eugenio Dittborn
The Museum of Means and Ends

February 7 to March 30, 2013

Andreas Fogarasi

September 20 to November 24, 2012

Pascal Grandmaison
Half of the Darkness

May 3 to July 21, 2012

Uriel Orlow
The Short and the Long of It 9.0

February 3 to April 21, 2012

Susan Hiller
The Last Silent Movie

September 22 to November 26, 2011

David Lamelas
Time as Activity (Buenos Aires)

September 8 to 18, 2011

Marie-Jeanne Musiol
Black Holes

May 5 to July 23, 2011

Rabih Mroué
The Inhabitants of Images

February 5 to April 23, 2011

To Be Real
Lars Laumann, Helen Reed and Althea Thauberger

September 23 to November 27, 2010

Zineb Sedira

May 6 to July 24, 2010

Guido van der Werve
The King’s Gambit

February 4 to April 24, 2010

Willie Doherty

September 24 to November 28, 2009

Christian Giroux and Daniel Young
Every Building in the City of Toronto

May 7 to June 27, 2009

Harun Farocki
One image doesn’t take the place of the previous one

March 19 to April 25, 2009

Patrick Bernatchez
The Chrysalides Trilogy

January 29 to March 7, 2009

Laurent Grasso

September 25 to November 22, 2008

Andrew Wright

June 19 to July 26, 2008

Rosângela Rennó
The Last Photograph

May 1 to June 7, 2008

Bettina Hoffmann

March 13 to April 19, 2008

Oscar Muñoz
Imprints for a Fleeting Memorial

January 25 to March 1, 2008

Donald Swearingen
Salvation at 1 AM

September 29 to 30, 2007

Sales Performance
Vera Frenkel, John Greyson, Johanna Householder,
Tanya Mars, Andrew J. Paterson, Lyla Rye,
Dana Samuel, R.M. Vaughan & Shannon Cochrane
and Natalie Wood

June 21 to July 28, 2007

Angelika Middendorf and Andreas Schimanski

June 21 to July 28, 2007

Spring Hurlbut

May 3 to June 9, 2007

Lida Abdul
War Games

March 15 to April 21, 2007

Robert Bean

January 25 to March 3, 2007

Finnbogi Pétursson

September 28 to November 25, 2006

Maia Urstad
Sound Barrier

June 17 to July 29, 2006

Dawit Petros

May 4 to June 10, 2006

Annika Larsson
Power Plays

March 16 to April 22, 2006

Chris Marker
The Hollow Men

January 27 to March 4, 2006

Exhibit A: Photography from Atlantic Canada
Scott Conarroe, Marlene Creates, Lorraine Field,
John Haney, Thaddeus Holownia, Steve Payne,
Paulette Phillips, Ned Pratt and Scott Walden

September 29 to November 26, 2005

Isabelle Hayeur

June 16 to July 30, 2005

Damage Done
Patrick Altman, Thomas Barrow, Max Dean,
Robert Frank, Jennifer Givogue, Fiona McLaughlin

May 5 to June 11, 2005

Lorna Simpson

March 17 to April 30, 2005

Runa Islam
Scale (1/16 Inch = 1 Foot)

February 3 to March 12, 2005

Walid Raad
The Truth Will Be Known When the Last Witness
Is Dead: Documents from the Fakhouri File
in the Atlas Group Archive

September 16 to November 27, 2004

Peter Kingstone
One a Day

July 8 to August 7, 2004

Stan Douglas
Every Building on 100 West Hastings

May 6 to June 26, 2004

Yael Bartana
Trembling Time

March 18 to May 1, 2004

Wang Qingsong
Present-Day Epics

January 29 to February 28, 2004

Steve Payne

September 27 to November 29, 2003

Susan Kealey
Ordinary Marvel

June 28 to July 31, 2003

David Small
The Illuminated Manuscript

May 29 to June 28, 2003

Audio Art

Prefix ICA presents sound works in its Audio Art Gallery, a specialized gallery devoted to audio art, one of the first of its kind in the world. The Audio Art Gallery is specifically designed and exclusively dedicated to the presentation of sound art in all of its manifestations, from experimental, electroacoustic and radiophonic works to improvised, found sound and spoken word. With soundproof walls, acoustical panels and a state-of-the-art sound system, the Audio Art Gallery provides an ideal environment for deep listening. Modelled on the listening rooms in music libraries, the Audio Art Gallery enables visitors to hear recordings from our public reference library in an ambient way, rather than at a computer station with headphones. Past highlights have included works by Tony Conrad, Wyn Geleynse, Jacob Kirkegaard, Christof Migone, John Oswald, Kathleen Ritter, Janet Rogers, Debashis Sinha and Bear Witness, among others.

Current Exhibition

May 1 to July 17, 2021
Chris Myhr
Fathoms: The Weight of Smoke

April 7 to 24, 2021
Sahar Askary Hemmat

Site-Specific Art
Prefix ICA commissions the creation of original site-specific installations for exhibition in its surround gallery, a ten-metre-long glass enclosure the surrounds the main entrance to the facility. Beginning in 2016 and continuing on an annual basis, the exhibitions will typically employ media such as digital-imaging transfers, vinyl, paint, ink or other direct applications to the wall or glass.

Prefix ICA presents traveling exhibitions of the work of Canadian and international artists. In so doing, it promotes cultural exchange and institutional collaboration regionally, nationally and and internationally. Past traveling exhibitions have featured the work of Edward Burtynsky, Chris Marker and Oscar Muñoz, among others.