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Photographer: Chris Blanchenot, Makeup Artist: Kristen Demelo, Model: Tara Zachariah, Designer: Michelle Fok

Juan Zamora, A dead pigeon with its shadow singing, 2012

Howie Tsui, detail, The Unfortunates of D'Arcy Island, 2013

Emily Gove, Girl Gang: Blondie, 2013

You Cannot Kill What Is Already Dead
October 31, 2013 - January 25, 2014

Work by Atom Cianfarani, Emily Gove, Patrick Lundeen, Nadia Moss, Alex McLeod, Mario Schambon, Maya Suess, Lena Suksi, Howie Tsui and Juan Zamora

Curated by Suzanne Carte

Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 30, 5 - 9 pm
Curator's Talk at 7:30 pm
Free shuttle bus departs 401 Richmond St. W. at 6 pm, returning at 9 pm

You Cannot Kill What Is Already Dead features works that are based on the apocalyptic and the undead – while the artists’ approaches may sometimes be humorous, the works are rooted in dread and panic.

Of particular focus within the exhibition is an exploration of the zombie phenomenon, a fascination understood to be based on the way zombies speak to wider social, cultural and political anxieties. The undead are the perfect metaphoric framing device to critique everything from capitalist structures to racism to gender-based politics. They provide a visceral form onto which anything that evokes de-individualization on an epidemic scale can be projected, rallying against compliancy by illustrating the abjectness of conformity. At the same time, zombies represent an outlet for apocalypse-based fear. Terrorist attacks, disease outbreaks and threats of nuclear war have spawned real concerns. Zombie narratives resonate not only with their depiction of chaos and terror, but also in the way they address survival and humanism.

Through their works – presented in a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, embroidery, video, collage, drawing and social media – the artists in You Cannot Kill What Is Already Dead examine these wider issues as they create their own accounts of an uncertain present or a frightful future.

Follow the contagion: @DEAD_etc #RIPetc

The exhibition will be accompanied by an ONLINE CATALOGUE, to include essays by Suzanne Carte and Sara Matthews, as well as texts by Natalie Kouri-Towe, Christian Martius and Farrukh Rafiq.  It will also include images of works in the exhibition and an interview between Suzanne Carte and Thea Munster, organizer of the Toronto Zombie Walk, in which they discuss the intersection of zombie culture and activism.


Thursday, October 31, 2013
DMG Trick or Treat: Halloween Open House
11 am - 4 pm
Trick or treat at the DMG! Along with offering spooky surprises and sweet treats, DMG staff led exhibition tours of You Cannot Kill What Is Already Dead.

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Scary Stories: One-MInute Open Mic of Horror
12 – 1 pm
The DMG partnered with UTSC Creative Writing Group (C.O.W.) to host a horror-themed open mic. Participants were asked to write and share a one-minute story / poem / song / rant / howl inspired by the DMG exhibition You Cannot Kill What Is Already Dead. All were welcome to contribute or simply to listen to the bone-chilling tales!

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Film Screening & Discussion: I Walked with a Zombie

1 - 2:30 pm
It's zombie film history! Following a screening of one of the earliest zombie fims, horror classic I Walked with a Zombie (1943, Dir: Jacques Tourneur), DMG staff will lead a discussion on how the film used zombies to offer a critique of colonialism, as well as a discussion around the cultural shift between early depictions of zombies to contemporary zombie culture. Open exclusively to the University of Toronto community.

Sunday, January 19, 2014
Free Contemporary Art Bus Tour

12 - 5 pm
Following a tour at Koffler Centre of the Arts at Artscape YoungPlace (180 Shaw Street), bus departs for the Blackwood Gallery, Art Gallery of York University and DMG. Free, seats are limited. RSVP to vmoreno@kofflerarts.org no later than January 17.

Monday, January 20, 2014
Rethinking the Zompocalypse: On Undead Histories and Vodou Economics
Lecture by Sarah Trimble, Assistant Professor, Women and Gender Studies, U of T

1 – 2 pm

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