Wendy Coburn had a significant impact on the Canadian art community as an artist, educator, and activist who exhibited internationally. Presented at Onsite Gallery, OCAD University from February 16 to May 14, 2022, Fable for Tomorrow brings together four decades of sculpture, installation, photography, and video that reveal Coburn’s ability to sense the pulse of a deep present while asking us to pay attention to other futures. Through the breadth of works in the exhibition, she asks us to radically think and act upon the type of world and ecology we desire in the now and to reimagine possible futures.

An accompanying monograph will celebrate Coburn’s legacy and cement her place in Canadian art history. Fable for Tomorrow is curated by Andrea Fatona and Caroline Seck Langill, with video programming by b.h. Yael and Rebecca Garrett.

Wendy Coburn (October 5, 1963–June 15, 2015) was a Toronto-based artist and art educator whose multidisciplinary work engages a range of concerns such as human relations to land and ecologies, power relations and the construction of differences, popular culture, mental health, gender, whiteness, nationhood, and the role of images in mediating cultural difference.

The exhibition’s digital publication with curatorial essays, color images, and biographies is free to download.

To learn more about the exhibition and the accompanying program of free public events, visit ocadu.ca/onsite.

Fable for Tomorrow is a core exhibition of the Contact Photography Festival.

Onsite Gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Admission is free and open to the public.

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