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Gathering Across Moana: Reception

Trinity Square Video + CFMDC
401 Richmond St W #121 (TSV) + 32 Lisgar Street (CFMDC)
Toronto ON M5V 3A8


Erena Baker, Tukutuku, 2019, Digital photograph. Graphic design by Sébastien Aubin.

Presented with by imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Trinity Square, A Space Gallery, and Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC) and curated by GLAM collective with Noor Bhangu.

Indigenous peoples have drawn connections across vast distances, continents, and bodies of water for thousands of years, revealing the space between us as a potential site for sharing knowledge, experience, and technology. Working from the Pacific view of water (moana and vai) as a mode of connection between islands, and by extension, Turtle Island (North America), these exhibitions will explore the transference of ideas through various media across geographic distances, timespans, and cultures. Together these artists delve into the sharing of knowledge and postulate locations of connection in the future, including imagined concepts of place.

Featuring works by Glenn Gear with solo exhibitions by Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Hana Rakena and Rachael Rakena.

For additional exhibitions as part of Gathering Across Moana visit http://www.imaginenative.org/in20-exhibitions-gathering-across-moana.


7:30 pm: Curator & Artist Talk, TSV

7:40 pm: Performance by Tsēmā Igharas, TSV

8:30 pm: Curator & Artist Talk, CFMDC

8:40 pm: Performance by Cheryl L’Hirondelle, CFMDC

As part of the imagineNATIVE Art Crawl: http://www.imaginenative.org/art-crawl


October 1-25:
Monday - Friday*, 10am-6pm
(*Please note exhibition not open weekends from Oct 1-25)
October 26 & 27:
Saturday & Sunday, 12-5pm

About CFMDC:

Established in 1967, CFMDC is a not-for-profit, non-commercial media arts distributor that specializes in independent, artist made work on film and video including works from historically underrepresented communities. We advocate for a holistic understanding of production, distribution and exhibition that prioritizes artist rights, accessibility and the creation of new audiences through education and critical thinking. We have one of the most important collections of artist-made moving image on film in Canada and have recently moved into a facility with a specially designed space for our 16mm, 35mm and (s)8mm collection.


Glenn Gear is a multi-disciplinary artist of Inuit, Irish, and English descent, based in Montréal and originally from Newfoundland.

Cheryl L’Hirondelle is an award-winning Halfbreed/Cree interdisciplinary artist whose work investigates the dynamism of nêhiyawak cosmology in a contemporary time-place continuum.

Hana Rakena is a ceramic artist from Ngāi Tahu and Ngā Puhi. Hana has a BA in English from Canterbury University.

Rachael Rakena (Ngai Tahu, Nga Puhi) is a video artist who works, frequently in collaboration, to create richly layered performative installations, DVDs and digital stills.


GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) is a collective of scholars which consists of Heather Igloliorte, Julie Nagam and Carla Taunton. They work through theory, curatorial and artistic practice that prioritize collaborative projects that activate/generate space for visiting/gathering; sharing of knowledge and mentorship.

Noor Bhangu is an emerging curator and scholar of South Asian descent and is currently based in Tkaraonto/Toronto.

This show is part of a larger exhibition spanning three different locations. The other locations are Trinity Square Video and A Space Windows. You can find out more about these shows here: http://www.imaginenative.org/in20-exhibitions-gathering-across-monana

With Support by:

Canada Council for the Arts,
SSHRC funded grants Archive Counter Archive,
Transactive Memory Keepers (TMK),
Creative New Zealand

Territorial Acknowledgement:

Our territorial acknowledgment is meant to stand as a first step towards reflecting on our existence on stolen lands and our commitment to better understanding the complex and varied histories of this land, the territories of the Anishanaabe, the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudensosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, the Cree and any other Nation who cared for the land (acknowledged and unacknowledged, recorded and unrecorded).
We accept that acknowledgment in this way doesn’t end here and is a living statement open to discussion and change. We intend this Territorial Acknowledgement to demonstrate our commitment to continued awareness, reflection, and establishing reciprocal relations. Therefore, we do not intend this statement to signify closure and acceptance of the continued structural conditions of settler colonialism.

This acknowledgment is a first step in the ongoing process of decolonization. Compelling us, our settler colonial members and community members, to further understand our obligations to the Nations of these territories and the concrete treaties that are part of the long history on Turtle Island.

Today, the meeting place of Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community and on this territory.

For Accessibility needs please visit the TMAC Accessibility policy: https://policies.tomediaarts.org/procedure-manual/policies/accessibility

Please contact us for any questions at info@cfmdc.org.