may, 2019

03may(may 3)12:00 am22jun(jun 22)5:00 pmToronto - Taysir Batniji, Suspended Time Exhibition(may 3) 12:00 am - (june 22) 5:00 pm Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124 Toronto, Ontario Canada M5V 3A8

Event Details

Suspended Time, the first solo exhibition in Canada by Palestinian artist Taysir Batniji.

This exhibition surveys Batniji’s major works of the past twenty years, with a particular emphasis on photography. Specifically, three of his most significant photographic series from his formative years are presented alongside selected sculptures and works on paper.

As a Palestinian artist who lives and works in France, Taysir Batniji explores in his work the social, cultural and political realities of Palestine, the challenges of migration, and the state of being “in between.” His sculpture Suspended Time (2007), from which this exhibition takes its name, provides an apt representation of the exhibition as a whole. In this work, the conjoined glass orbs of an hourglass sit side by side, with grains of sand resting in the bottom of each. In effect, time stands still, and the most potent symbolism of the hourglass – that of the inexorable passing of time and the inevitability of change – is neutralized. This exhibition invites us to consider the effect on one’s worldview when the natural forces that govern our lives – time, movement, change – are suspended.


May 3 (Friday) 12:00 am - June 22 (Saturday) 5:00 pm


Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art

401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124 Toronto, Ontario Canada M5V 3A8

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