Koffler Arts


An ongoing inquiry into the art and ideas of our time.
Published by Koffler Arts.

Every Weed Is a Rebellious Being

Though the original names of many native plants in Canada were lost to colonialism, with the garden he has designed in dialogue with the exhibition Botannica Tirannica, Isaac Crosby aims to show the resilience of both Indigenous knowledge and the plants themselves.
by Arcade /

Woven Stories and Working Without a Plan: Barbara Astman on being open to discovery

Woven Stories and Working Without a Plan: Barbara Astman on being open to discovery

Fresh off of winning a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, Barbara Astman looks back at the materials and methods behind her two works included in Koffler Arts' recent group show DECADE.
by Arcade /
Beyond the Landfill of Images

Beyond the Landfill of Images

Experimental filmmaker Midi Onodera talks with Arcade about her early adoption and explorations of new technologies, how art making in Toronto has changed, and what the glut of media images might be doing to us.
by Tatum Dooley /
Coming Home to Beauty

Coming Home to Beauty

Marcel Dzama’s show at the McMichael is an ecstatic awakening of the wild things that stalk the inside-out Canadian landscape.
by Patrick Pittman /

For and Against Interpretation

When is wall text a bridge between the viewer and the artwork it accompanies, and when is it an obstacle?
by Linda Besner /

Order and the Stable Self

What’s the meaning of a sentence? A paragraph? Linda Besner considers the abecedarian work that makes Sheila Heti’s Alphabetical Diaries so much more than an exercise in spreadsheet manipulation.
by Linda Besner /

Recording Time and Transformation in the City

The work of photographer of Vid Ingelevics, currently showing in the group show DECADE at Koffler Arts, documents moments of civic transformation with surprising intimacy.
by Tatum Dooley /
Arcade 07 — March 2024
Arcade 06 — February 2024

Good Things to Come

Sometimes, it's worth taking a moment to look forward, at all the good things in our future. A selection of picks for the art worth looking forward to in 2024.
by Arcade /
Arcade 05 — December 2023
Arcade 04 — November 2023

Filling in the Gaps of Family Memory

From his talk at the Koffler Gallery, visual artist Rafael Goldchain on his photographic series I Am My Family and how its approach to simulation as a means of commemoration represents a “double gesture towards the past”—an attempt to both recuperate and interrogate history.
by Rafael Goldchain /

An Inconvenient Place

Despite the deliberate erasures of Soviet historiography, the site of the massacres at Babyn Yar reveals a story spanning several eras of Ukrainian history—though mostly by examining how that story was allowed to be told.
by Anna Medvedovska /
Arcade 03 — October 2023
Arcade 02 — September 2023

The Naked Pool

At the intersection of the public and private, the clothed and unclothed, the swimming pool has long been a favoured motif among artists and writers. But as fall settles in, what about the months when it's closed? Who are the artists of the drained pool?
by Linda Besner /

Preserving the Past During Wartime

An interview with Oleksiy Makukhin, CEO of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, on how Russia's invasion of Ukraine has disrupted the centre's activities and forced it to question its approach to memorialization.
by Chris Frey /
Arcade 01 — August 2023