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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 Exhibition


Suspended Time
Taysir Batniji

May 3 to July 20, 2019

Past Exhibitions


20 July, 2015
Deimantas Narkevičius

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.

Current Exhibitions

November 1 to 25, 2017
Janet Rogers
The Tube
Presentation Partner

ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival

October 5 to 28, 2017
María Dolores Arias Martínez, Francisco Huichaqueo, Casey Koyczan, Janet Rogers and Alejandro Valbuena
North of South

Presentation Partner
ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival

Past Exhibitions


Unless otherwise indicated, curated by Scott McLeod

June 28 to July 22, 2017
Stephen Cornford and Ben Gwilliam
On Taking Things Apart

May 31 to June 24, 2017
Kare Kolberg

May 5 to 27, 2017
Randall Smith

April 5 to 22, 2017
Francisco Lopéz
Untitled No. 239

March 15 to April 1, 2017
Francisco Lopéz
Untitled No. 234

February 16 to March 11, 2017
Juan Pablo Cáceres
Lo Gaseoso


Unless otherwise indicated, curated by Jayne Wilkinson

October 6 to November 26, 2016
Renée Green
Imaginary Places (A to Z) and Vanished Gardens

Curated by Betty Julian
Ontario Arts Council
Canada Council for the Arts

September 8 to 18, 2016
Tony Conrad
Harmonics Lesson and It’s You and Me

Curated by Andréa Picard
Presentation Partner
Toronto International Film Festival

July 6 to 30, 2016
Ashley Bellouin

June 8 to July 2, 2016
Ivan Seal

May 12 to June 4, 2016
Christopher De Laurenti
Before Petrushka

April 7 to 30, 2016
Ivan Seal
White Noise

March 2 to 26, 2016
Caroline Park

February 4 to 27, 2016
Susanne Kriemann
Attuning One Book

Canada Council for the Arts

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.

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