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Looking Back at "Turbulent Landings"

Turbulent Landings title treatment

The AGA was proud to present Turbulent Landings as part of the NGC 2017 Canadian Biennial. The exhibition marked the first time a companion satellite exhibition was included in the Canadian Biennial. It was also the first time works by both Canadian and international artists were included.

Turbulent Landings examined subjects and themes addressed by renowned Canadian, indigenous and international artists, reflecting on issues of great consequence, from migration and the environment, to the effects of globalization and the tragic legacies of colonialism. Turbulent Landings featured recent work by: John Akomfrah, Shuvinai Ashoona, Rebecca Belmore, Mark Bradford, Beau Dick, Julie Mehretu, John Noestheden, Chris Ofili, Edward Poitras, Kelly Richardson, Wael Shawky and Hajra Waheed.

Some of the programming highlights included a Curators’ Introduction, where co-curators Catherine Crowston and Jonathan Shaughnessy discussed the themes off the exhibition here in Edmonton and the partner exhibition at the NGC.

Another highlight was a talk with Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson, in which she spoke about the collaboration and kinship between Black and Indigenous enslaved populations in Canada during the eighteenth century

Dr. Charmaine A Nelson speaking at your AGA

Many visitors took part in AGA programming throughout the exhibition. Newcomers Are Lit, a youth-led initiative focused on promoting empowerment through the arts for migrant and refugee youth, led a Community Tour of Turbulent Landings.


One of the tour leaders, Ameer Ali, wrote a guest blog post about his personal reaction to the exhibition and the pieces that spoke to him most.

Newcomers are Lit group photo


Shannon Moore, an Ottawa-based journalist specializing in writing about art and architecture, examined the themes of the Canadian Biennial in Voyage and Violence: The 2017 Canadian Biennial at the AGA for NGC Magazine.

NGC Magazine excerpt


The exhibition also received media attention from Vue Weekly, The Wanderer and The Edmonton Journal.

Vue Weekly excerpt


The Turbulent Landings exhibition celebrated the new works of Canadian and International artists right here at the Art Gallery of Alberta!

The National Gallery of Canada’s own 2017 Canadian Biennial opened in Ottawa on October 19 and will run until March 18,2018.

Turbulent Landings: The NGC 2017 Canadian Biennial was curated by Catherine Crowston, Josée Drouin-Brisebois and Jonathan Shaughnessy and produced by the Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada as part of the “NGC@AGA’ exhibition series.

January 29, 2018


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