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Images 30th Anniversary Festival

The 30th annual Images Festival takes place April 20-27, 2017 across Toronto and will be attended by more than 25,000 people. Focusing on local, national and international contemporary moving image culture, Images Festival continues to present vanguard projects across cinematic, exhibition and live platforms. The festival includes eight days of screenings, events, performance and exhibitions, and will feature its International Artist Spotlight on Isaac Julien and Canadian Artist Spotlight on Deirdre Logue.


Leading up to the festival’s weeklong run, Images will launch exhibitions opening in artist-run centres and galleries across Toronto.  The exhibition line-up will feature new and recent works by Isaac Julien (in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum and OCAD University), a three gallery retrospective and book launch by Deirdre Logue (A Space Gallery, Gallery 44, Tangled Art Gallery), Vancouver-based Karilynn Ming Ho (Trinity Square Video), Toronto-based Aryen Hoekstra (YYZ Artists’ Outlet) and many more.


Images Festival will be shining their International Artist Spotlight on London-based Isaac Julien and a retrospective of his earliest works Who Killed Colin Roach? (1983) And Territories (1984). As one of Britain’s top contemporary artists, Julien’s early works were fiercely vocal against police brutality towards British Black bodies. Julien’s first major solo exhibition in Toronto opens at the ROM on January 23 with a free screening of Who Killed Colin Roach? On February 3.


A one night only performance by Paris-based Kapwani Kiwanga and co-presented by The Power Plant, AFROGALACTICA: A brief history of the future features a live reading with video projection, in which Kiwanga takes on the role of a fictional anthropologist to speculate on the future, investigating Afrotuturism as a means to examine the past from an African or African diasporic subjectivity.

This year’s Canadian Artist Spotlight is Toronto’s very own Deirdre Logue. A long time avid supporter and advocate of the country’s media arts scene, Logue’s longstanding commitment to the arts community will be honoured with three gallery exhibitions featuring new and old works, as well as a series of accessible media art works premiering at Tangles Art Gallery. A new monograph of essays on Logue’s entire body of work will also launch, and is co-published by Oakville Galleries in partnership with Gallery 44 and Images Festival.


A special evening of performance by the likes of Rita McKeough, Steve Reinke, Midi Onodera, Eleanor King, and more will take the place of the usual Spotlight screening.


Launch details and a full line up to be announced March 2017.