Prefix ICA » Renée Green Facing


October 6 to November 26, 2016

Renée Green

Curated by Betty Julian

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is proud to present Facing, a solo exhibition featuring the work of renowned artist and filmmaker Renée Green, curated by Betty Julian. For the first time in our history, Prefix ICA has dedicated all three of our exhibition spaces – the main gallery, audio art gallery and surround gallery (the latter a ten-metre glass enclosure for the exhibition of site-specific installations) – to a single artist. With a total of four hours of time-based work, this exhibition warrants repeat visits.

Through her rigorous artistic process, Renée Green brings forth complex and meaningful ways of seeing and thinking about the reality of the twenty-first century. Her excavation of locations, perceptions, memory and movement is developed as a series of “nodes,” which refer to her own private acts and processes as an artist. Once transformed into a public exhibition or other presentation, each node is given a name and an association with a specific location, which has its own forms of resonance for both the artist and the audience.

This process has been an aspect of the artist’s journey to Toronto. It began with Spacing in Lisboa, followed by Placing in Berlin, and then Tracing in Lake Como. Each node is part of an improvised and yet precise process of making and thinking, which will continue beyond Facing in Toronto with Pacing at a future residency at the Carpenter Centre at Harvard University.

Anchored by the extraordinary digital film projection Begin Again, Begin Again (2015), Facing also features sound works, space poems and a print, as well as an extensive selection of digital films from the artist’s ongoing body of work.

About the Artist

Renée Green is an internationally renowned artist and filmmaker. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1959, she studied art at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), with an intermediary year at the School of Visual Arts in New York, graduating with a BA in 1981. She also attended the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA). In 1989, she was a participant in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions organized by museums such as the Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Portikus (Frankfurt am Main) and Vienna Secession, as well as numerous group exhibitions, including at the International Center of Photography (New York), Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), MACBA (Barcelona) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago). Her work has also been featured in the biennial exhibitions of Berlin, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Kwangju, Seville, Venice and the Whitney, as well as at Documenta 11.

Her work as a visual artist is enhanced by her equally important endeavours as a writer, social critic and theorist. Her books include Other Planes of There, Endless Dreams and Time-Based Streams, Ongoing Becomings, Negotiations in the Contact Zone and Shadows and Signals, among many others. She has published essays and fiction in Frieze, October, Sarai Reader, Texte zur Kunst and Transition, among other magazines and journals. Her essays have also appeared in a wide range of international cultural and scholarly books. In addition to her work as an artist and writer, Green is an educator. Currently, she is a professor at the Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) Program, School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA), and guest faculty of Maumaus-Escola de Artes Visuais (Lisbon). She currently lives in Somerville, MA.

About the Curator

Betty Julian is an independent curator of contemporary art with a specialization in photography and media art. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she currently lives and works in Toronto as a trained psychoanalytic therapist. She began her professional arts career in 1988 when she assumed the role of director of A Space, a pioneering artist-run centre in Toronto. She was a founding member of the New Initiatives in Film programme for Aboriginal Women and Women of Colour at Studio D, National Film Board of Canada. She was also a founding member of the national Advisory Council for Prefix Photo magazine, where, until 2004, she brought her wealth of curatorial knowledge to the process of reviewing photographer’s submissions for publication. Since 2004, she has been a member of the Curatorial Council for Prefix ICA, where she curated 31 by Lorna Simpson in 2004 and the group exhibition Trade Marks in 2013. Until 2015, she was a photography instructor at OCAD University (Toronto). Currently, she is developing an integrated programme of research and study on photography as a contemporary art form, for which she is exploring critical issues of representation, the politics of aesthetics and psychoanalytic thought.

Project Supporters

Ontario Arts Council
Canada Council for the Arts