MOCA Launches Triennial Exhibition of Toronto-Themed Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art's GTA21 exhibition features 21 artists working or linked to the Greater Toronto Area.

Today, the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA) launches Greater Toronto Art 21  (GTA21). Spanning all three floors of the Museum, the exhibition is a new triennial survey defined by MOCA’s pledge to support the work of Toronto artists and the commissioning of new projects that add to local and global discourse.

“Conscious Energy on the sea,” installation at MOCA by Aaron Jones, 2021, courtesy Zalucky Contemporary, Toronto. Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

This first edition brings together 21 artists and art collectives who work in the Greater Toronto Area or have direct connections with the city. The exhibition title plays on the name of the city’s broad metropolitan area, addressing the ever-expanding notion of Toronto the practices and perspectives of a diversity of artists.

Above and below: “Mashrabiya” painted steel installation (outdoor and indoor views), by Ghazaleh Avarzamani, 2021; courtesy of Galerie Nicolas Robert. Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

Organized by guest curator Daisy Desrosiers, Adjunct Curator Rui Mateus Amaral, and MOCA Artistic Director November Paynter, the exhibition includes new works by Ashoona Ashoona and Alexa Hatanaka, Ghazaleh Avarzamani, Nour Bishouty, Jesse Chun, Tom Chung, Common Accounts/Igor Bragado and Miles Gertler, Julia Dault, Azza El Siddique, Kareem-Anthony Ferreira, Aaron Jones, Pamila Matharu, Native Art Department International/Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan, Oluseye, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Jagdeep Raina, Tony Romano, Jennifer Rose Sciarrino, Walter Scott, Kara Springer, Sahar Te, and the collective of Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, and Ryan Ferko. Visitors will encounter specially commissioned and previously unseen drawings, installations, paintings, sculpture, and video.

GTA21 marks a renewed focus by MOCA on the local art scene and offers significant support for the featured artists to realize new and/or expanded work,” said MOCA Executive Director and CEO Kathleen Bartels. “For the inaugural iteration, we asked each contributor to consider: What feels most urgent to you today? Taken together, their responses offer different imaginings of the city, society, and the world. Uniting them, however, is a profound belief in remembering, storytelling, questioning, resisting, celebrating, making, and speculating.”

“Ploughing Liberty,” found farm tools, hockey sticks, brass dowels (installation view, MOCA Toronto), 2021, by Oluseye. Courtesy Patel Brown Gallery, Toronto Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

GTA21 is on view through January 9, 2022.