aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival: Feelings


Curated by:
Maria Alejandrina Coates

Featuring Artworks by:

Nelly César (Mexico)
soJin Chun (Toronto)
Ximena Cuevas (Mexico)
Gabriela Golder (Argentina)
Christian Jankowski (Germany)

April 2nd - April 16th
open everyday from 11am - 6pm
Beaver Hall Gallery
29 McCaul Street, Toronto

opening reception: April 2nd - 6PM

This exhibition proposes to examine the element of feeling and emotion in media art as a means to disrupt the homogenous and immersive space of the mediatic and virtual realms. The artists in the exhibition negotiate the dynamics between emotional affect, and its portrayal through the sterility and distance of media art.

Historically, the subject of embodiment, or the transition of the human body from a physical to a virtual space, has taken centre-stage to media artists' concerns. In Latin America and its diaspora, media and performance artists have featured the body precisely due to its precarity amidst geo-political and social violence. However, this exhibition attempts to move beyond the discussion of embodiment to include the dimension of psychology and the spectrum of emotions (such as anger, love, hate, resentment, admiration, and devotion) as a politicized state of being that is activated through media. In the context of aluCine, and filmmaking as a genre, this exhibition will also explore the formal tropes and stereotypes of the Latin-American dramatic character.

All artists in this exhibition use video and performance to disturb embedded social cues for conveying emotion, and reorganize the senses in ways that allow for a multiplicity of subjectivities and inter-textual relationships to emerge.


At 7:30pm of the opening night - April 2nd, Nelly César will perform her piece Mi Gusto Es as part of the exhibition Feelings, at Beaver Hall Gallery. This performance consists of the artist singing a live version of the popular Mexican song in attempt to emulate her father’s rendition, which will be playing on a TV screen in front of her. In an attempt to reconstruct from memory the same tempo, rhythm, and melody, the artist uses familial love to create a dissonance that subverts its coding within a patriarchal discourse.

The Opening Reception is generously sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto, the Consulate General of Argentina in Toronto, and the Goethe Institute in Toronto.

"From Start To..." March 9 - 22, 2015

"From Start To..."
A group exhibition presented by 
York University Visual Arts Student Association

Beaver Hall Gallery, 29 McCaul Street, Toronto 
March 9 - 22, 2015 from 12-5pm
Reception: March 19, 6:00 - 9:00pm

This is an annual group exhibition hosted by the Visual Arts Student Association from York University to showcase York's finest art students. Each school year we invite undergraduate students to apply for this show as an opportunity to have their artwork exhibited in a downtown Toronto art gallery. The show is juried by a selection of York University MFA candidates.

Exhibition Artists: Angel Aghajani, Alex Millington, Claire Scott, Eszter Rosta, Jeremy Stellato, Kaitlyn Myles, Margaret Kalejta, Maria Won, Mathias Chau, Maxine Veneracion, Santiago Roballo, Scott Osborne, Victoria Bacnis, Zachariaz Pyczek

Jerzy Galecki :: collage, assemblage, photo work

Opening reception Friday, November 28th, 2014, 7 - 9pm
Beaver Hall Gallery
29 McCaul Street, Toronto

exhibition hours:
November 29 & 30th, 1 - 6pm
by appointment until December 5th

Sex Worker, Truth & Archetype opens on Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Oct 4, 2014 7PM-7AM and runs until Oct. 23rd


Timely Art Exhibition Challenging Society’s

Perceptions of Sex Work

Sex Worker, Truth & Archetype, is a documentary based art installation that explores the personal lives of sex workers through film and photography. The exhibit challenges society's perception of a sex worker by documenting a worker's reality through intimate video interviews, and photographs that depict each sex worker’s archetype, how sex workers see themselves through basically any personification of culture, morals, values and mythology. To empower witnesses, and ensure the exhibition accurately expresses each sex worker's truth, the documentary used an open-consent form that allowed each witness to vett the audio-visual content that represents them. A sound scape installation explores the inner complexities of the body and mind. By examining stereotype and myth against each worker's truth and archetype, the exhibit challenges the public to redefine who or what is a sex worker.

Esther Bukareff and Barbara Greczny have teamed up to produce a non-traditional documentary, close to two years in the making. Esther states, “As Canada enters an historic era of legalized sex work, this timely exhibit explores the archetype and reality, by facilitating a platform for sex workers to speak for themselves.”

Barbara says, “The documentary tradition, in the past, focused on the photography and the film-based media. Today documentary has spilled over into the Internet and, in our case, into an art gallery. It is no longer just about sound, film or photography and their division. It is a discourse about the interaction between these media and others, as well as about other multi-media approaches like installation art.”

Produced by Esther Buckareff and Barbara Greczny with contributing Sound Artist Michelle Breslin.

The exhibit opens on Scotiabank Nuit Blanche October 4th, 2014 7PM to 7AM running until October 23rd at Beaver Hall Gallery, 29 McCaul St. Toronto, ON Wednesday to Saturday 12PM to 5PM.


Audio Paintings by The Sharron McLeod Fauxtet with special guest Elliott Levin

Audio Paintings by The Sharron McLeod Fauxtet with special guest Elliott Levin

Venue: Beaver Hall Art Gallery, 29 McCaul Street, Toronto, M5T 1V7 
Date: Fri Jun 20th to Sun 22nd  8:00pm
Ticket Price: $20 per night, plus booking fee
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Event Information: 1-647-710-9566,

Doors: 7:30pm

Songstress at large Sharron McLeod brings her celebrated Fauxtet to the Beaver Hall Art Gallery, for 3 unique concerts as part of the 2014 TD Toronto Jazz Festival, with special guest poet and reedman Elliott Levin for Audio Paintings, including new original work by 
Ms McLeod. This event also marks the release of the first single from her original recording project inspired by the life and works of Frida Kahlo. The single ‘TOAD’ can be previewed and is available to buy at

Ms McLeod’s current Fauxtet ensemble includes Kevin Barrett on guitars, Nabil Amarshi and Artie Roth on basses and Mark Hundevad on drums and vibraphone.

Also joining The Sharron McLeod Fauxtet on June 21st, 2014 is songwriter Corey Cousineau with whom Ms. McLeod has been collaborating for almost 2 years.