ART AND TRUTH
What is the meaning of “truth” in this era of fake news, pseudo-science, conspiracy theories and intellectual polarization? Do artists have a role in discerning the truth? Can they speak with authority? Can their work shift the moral compass for evaluating right and wrong? How can art reveal uncomfortable truths? How can art reveal dishonesty?
Join us on April 4, 2018 for another edition of AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall as four artists take to the stage to debate the role of art in distinguishing right from wrong, and to consider how notions of truth are related to broader social, economic, political and intellectual forces.
Following a live musical performance, the conversation will begin with a brief exploration of each artist’s engagement with ideas of truth, before opening up to discuss the perils and pitfalls of what it means to speak with authority, with all the risks that it entails.
The event will unfold over 90 minutes, opening with a live performance by JUNO nominated musician Iskwé before moving into the discussion.
Surveys of her work have been presented at museums around the world, and her books include the forthcoming 2016 in Museums, Money, and Politics; Andrea Fraser: Works 1984-2003; Museum Highlights: The Writings of Andrea Fraser; Texts, Scripts, Transcripts; and Andrea Fraser. Fraser is Department Chair and Professor, Interdisciplinary Studio in the Department of Art at UCLA.
Officer directed Stone Thrower: The Chuck Ealey Story for the documentary series Engraved On A Nation (2014 CSA for best documentary series). CBC Firsthand commissioned The Skin We’re In, featuring journalist and activist Desmond Cole in 2017. His latest feature documentary, Unarmed Verses premiered in 2017 and won Best Canadian Feature Awards at Hot Docs, VIFF (Vancouver International Film Festival) and the People’s Choice Award at 2018 TIFF Top Ten Canadian Film Festival.
Charles recently completed directing multiple episodes of the dramatic series 21 Thunder, premiering internationally on Netflix in 2018. He is currently in post-production with Invisible Essence: Le Petit Prince, a feature documentary based on the international bestselling novella. Projects in development are the feature crime drama Akilla’s Escape, and a limited-series adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s novel Son of a Smaller Hero.
Unafraid to challenge the convictions of her detractors by honouring her heritage, standing steadfast in her viewpoints, Iskwé’s artistry knows no bounds. Blending soulful, breathlessly delivered lyrics coloured by the many shades of human nature with a sonic palette that takes its cue from the shadowy atmospherics of the 1990s Bristol sound, Iskwé’s music revels in her strength of self and that is her true rallying cry.
Iskwé recently garnered a win at the 2017 West Coast Music Awards (WCMA) for Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year and was announced as a judge for CBC Music’s 2017 Canadian Music Class Challenge, in association with Musicounts.