IMAGES FESTIVAL
April 11 – 18, 2019
Cinesphere, Toronto

Kelly Richardson’s new IMAX commission will premiere this spring at the Toronto Images Festival, April 11 – 18, 2019.

Announcement of programme: Toronto (December 19, 2018) – Images Festival showcases artistic excellence in contemporary moving image culture through screening programs, gallery exhibitions, live performances, educational programming and special events. We are thrilled to share details about our upcoming 2019 program schedule, taking place from 11 – 18 April 2019. The programming team is driven by works that elaborate the textures of communities and embody alternative, discursive models of moving image presentation, shaping a lineup that calls attention to our histories, solidarities, and collaborations.

Closing Night will feature an exciting series of new, commissioned works by Canadian artists Oliver Husain, Lisa Jackson, Kelly Richardson, Michael Snow, and Leila Sujir. Curated by Janine Marchessault, the programme Outer Worldstakes departure from the Canadian invention of IMAX, and our dubious relationship towards the large format’s production and consumption.

The 2019 festival will continue to present incredible exhibitions and screenings as part our OFF SCREEN program including Arnait Video Collective (Arnait Ikajurtigiit: Women helping each other) at Art Gallery of York University, Sharona Franklin (New Psychedelia of Industrial Healing) at Gallery 44 — Vitrines, Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman (Four Waters: Deep Implicancy) at Gallery TPW, Sarah Pupo (burning through the body) at Trinity Square Video, Pamila Matharuat A Space, Beatrice Gibsonat Mercer Union, Nevet Yitzhak (WarCraft) at Koffler Gallery, and Michael Keshane (Outliers on Tour: Film Screening with Michael Keshane) at Tangled Art Gallery.

Finally, the 2019 festival welcomes our new team, Artistic Director Steffanie Ling, Operations Manager Barbora Racevičiūtė, and Programming Coordinator Sarah-Tai Black, each delivering new perspectives and incredible ranges of knowledge and experience to their roles. Steffanie Ling is a critic and writer from Vancouver where she was previously co-curator of Events + Exhibitions at VIVO Media Arts Centre. Her reviews and essays have been published in The Brooklyn Rail, C Magazine, Canadian Art, Flash Art, Hong Kong Review of Books, among others. Barbara Racevičiūtė is a graduate of OCADU’s Criticism and Curatorial Practice MFA program, runs a collaborative curatorial collective called shell, and has worked with Images Festival on the last two festivals. Sarah-Tai Black is a film curator and arts writer. She is committed to intersectional feminist practices within the arts and her work focuses heavily on the representation and experiences of black, queer, and body positive communities.