Kapwani Kiwanga, The Marias, 2020, paper flowers. Installation view, at the formerly named Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, 2020. © Kapwani Kiwanga / SOCAN (2021). Photo: Kristien Daem.

Adrian Stimson, Iini Sookumapii: Guess who’s coming to dinner?, 2019, mixed media installation. Remai Modern Collection. Purchased with funds from the Remai Modern Foundation, 2020. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Les Levine, Chest X-ray, 1965, serigraph on acetate, 65.8 x 50.5 cm. The Mendel Art Gallery Collection at Remai Modern. Purchased with funds from a Canada Council grant for the acquisition of works by contemporary Canadian artists, 1965.

Clara Hume, Labrador Tea (ledum groenlandicum), from the portfolio Saskatchewan Flowers from Spring to Fall, 1974, acrylic on card, 35.5 x 28 cm. The Mendel Art Gallery Collection at Remai Modern. Purchased with funds donated by the Picture Sales and Rental Committee, Women's Auxiliary, Saskatoon Art Centre, 1975.

P. Staff, Weed Killer (video still), 2017, 16:45 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Brian Jungen, Plague Mask, 2020, Nike Air Jordans, 34 x 69 x41 cm. Collection of Claridge Collection. Courtesy Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver. Photo: Rachel Topham Photography.

An apology, a pill, a ritual, a resistance

An apology, a pill, a ritual, a resistance clusters together works exploring or enacting methods of healing and the pain that often must be endured to get better. Specific subjects range from Indigenous responses to smallpox and the 1918 influenza pandemic, to iconic works by artists grappling with the HIV/AIDS crisis, and apologies and acts of reconciliation that move toward healing the fractures at the foundation of settler-colonial countries.

The artists featured in the exhibition attend to the sick or disabled body as it intersects with societal injustices, and propose alternate frameworks for care and wellbeing rooted in relation to community and the non-human world. Within philosophy, the term pharmakon is a composite of three meanings: remedy, poison and scapegoat. The indeterminacy of medicine to simultaneously heal and harm, and its capacity to produce altered bodies and states of consciousness, is addressed throughout the exhibition. As anxieties of contagion remain hyper-visible, attached to bodies as much as to viruses, the concept of pharmakon becomes a useful lens through which to consider our current moment. What rituals do we enact, whether daily or ceremonial, for our wellbeing, and what must be expelled—or conversely, taken in—in order to heal?

Featured artists include Ruth Cuthand, Wally Dion, Guo Fengyi, Sharona Franklin, General Idea, Jeffrey Gibson, Carsten Höller, Clara Hume, Brian Jungen, Kapwani Kiwanga, Kite, Carolyn Lazard, Candice Lin, Les Levine, Paul Maheke, Dylan Miner, Jane Ash Poitras, Skeena Reece, Allen Sapp, P. Staff, Adrian Stimson, Alberta Whittle and Linda Young.

The exhibition takes place in both the Connect Gallery on the ground floor and the Marquee Gallery on Level 3. A screening of work by Alberta Whittle will take place in the SaskTel Theatre on all Saturdays and Sundays during the exhibition's run.


Talks & Symposia

An apology, a pill, a ritual, a resistance

Curator Tour

Talks & Symposia

Fireside with Lyndon Online

Tarah Hogue



Wednesday 10 AM - 5 PM
Thursday 10 AM - 5 PM
Friday 10 AM - 9 PM
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM-5 PM

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