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Art Museum at the University of Toronto presents

all our days are full of breath: a record of momentum

March 24 – April 8, 2017
Artists: Jessica Karuhanga and Brandy Leary
Curated by Jenn Goodwin

Performance Times:
Jessica Karuhanga
through a brass channel
1:00- 4:00pm – Every Wed/Fri/Sat

Brandy Leary
Ephemeral Artifacts
2:00-5:00pm - March 25/28/30/31 and April 1/4/6/7/8
5:00-8:00pm - March 29 and April 5

Opening Reception: Friday, March 24, 2017, 6-8pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
A shared event with the University of Toronto MVS Studio Program Graduating Exhibition, and the University of Toronto Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition presented at the University of Toronto Art Centre.

all our days are full of breath: a record of momentum brings together two artists who foreground the body and movement as material in evolving choreographic and installation-based works. Jessica Karuhanga and Brandy Leary transform the gallery into a place of kinesthetic field work: part performance, part laboratory, part choreographed sculpture. The artists utilize bodies, gestures and reciprocal objects as their materials. Their work strives to mine personal, cultural, ancestral, and corporeal archives.

The spectrum of the new archive created in the process offers a multitude of exits from and entrances to the artists’ work. It is not fixed and inert, but fluid and permeable, and constantly breathing. This exhibition explores endurance of the ephemeral and its transmission as a critical aspect of performance, and shows the subsequent creation of information and data that extend and enhance the experience. The performance lives on in the viewer. What we say, think, witness, and dance, leaves traces. Some visible. Some less visible. All real and none more or less actual than the other. The gap between live performance and physical traces of its movements draws attention to the presence and absence of the body, considering “how performance comes off the body.” *(from a conversation with Francisco- Fernando Granados)

Leary’s work examines the friction between ephemerality and tangibility, unfolding as a collaborative examination of accumulated practice and accumulated presence through the material of the body. Bodies archive dance, history, ancestors and shared practices, collapsing time to render them always present and always contemporary through channeling and summoning. These bodies and gestures do not disappear the moment after they are performed, they transform into other things, holding a politic, a record, a resistance, and a discourse that continues to work on us long after the moment of contact.

In Karuhanga’s work, objects and gestures will be collectively determined and negotiated by performers. Mining personal archives and collective digital data, performers utilize these materials as a channel, understanding that all matter carries weight and all objects are both their presence and weight of their history.

Both artists take their own approach to expanded ideas of the archive. They show the connection between the body and performance and the traces left behind in their absence, and look to classify the transmission of gesture and choreography. They become incarnations of an archive; embodiments of past, present and future. As do you, as we invite you to consider the traces that you leave with, as you become a part of the momentum and an extension of the record.

Public Programs

An evening with M. NourbeSe Philip
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 6-8pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
An award winning Canadian poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, and short story writer as well as a Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellow. Hosted by Jessica Karuhanga.

Audience in Residence (AiR)
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6-8pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Hosted by Anandam Dance Theatre - AiR will help further our fluency in dance and performing arts in Toronto and Canada and supports participants in evolving a deep practice of being an audience member, exploring meaning and experience in contemporary performance in a community setting.

Panel Discussion: Tender skeletons – Choreography in the cube.
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7-9pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Moderated by Jenn Goodwin. Panelists include Seika Boye, Jessica Karuhanga, Brandy Leary, Kim Simon, Cara Spooner. Over the past few years, there has been an intensified dialogue between dance and visual art. The panel will explore Why Now? What are the reasons for the resurgence, and how do we care for it? What can dance and visual art offer and receive from each other so that the relationship endures and may be productive for all?

This exhibition is produced as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Curatorial Studies at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto, the University of Toronto and presented in collaboration with the Images Festival, April 20 – 27, 2017. For more information, visit

The Art Museum at the University of Toronto gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.


Art Museum
University of Toronto

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
University of Toronto Art Centre

Visiting the Art Museum

University of Toronto Art Centre
15 King’s College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H7

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H3

Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Saturday 12-5pm
Wednesday 12-8pm
Sunday and Monday closed

Admission is FREE to all exhibitions.
The galleries are wheelchair accessible.

Media Contact: Brittany Brooks,, 416-978-5488