Koffler Arts


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

When the Scapegoat Is a Girl, Not a Country

When the Scapegoat Is a Girl, Not a Country

Toronto author Tamara Faith Berger talks with Arcade about her latest novel, Yara, the different lenses on Jewish diasporic identity, and the malleability of language.
by Claire Foster /
Back to Babylon: One Last Dance to the Abyss

Back to Babylon: One Last Dance to the Abyss

In collaboration with Koffler Arts, the Art of Time Ensemble are heading back to the Weimar era for one of their final shows. We spoke to the ensemble’s director Andrew Burashko about his journey into the legendary “human swamp of unfettered sexual desire.”
by Patrick Pittman /
An Art Show for a Building and a Moment

An Art Show for a Building and a Moment

A preview of the upcoming exhibition DECADE, opening in February, which celebrates ten years of art making at Artscape's hub on Shaw Street in Toronto.
by Tatum Dooley /

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 /

More a Book than an Ocean of Concrete: How to Tell the Story of the Babyn Yar Synagogue

“The Synagogue at Babyn Yar: Turning the Nightmare of Evil into a Shared Dream of Good” is as much an exhibition about how to memorialize a traumatic, genocidal event as it is about the synagogue itself. To mark the end of its run at Koffler, we look back at how this unique show came together.
by Arcade /

I’m Neither One Nor the Other: On Streisand and Singer

As Barbra Streisand reflects in her new memoir, Isaac Bashevis Singer was famously grumpy about her film adaptation of his short story “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy”. Should there even be such a thing as a definitive Yentl?
by Linda Besner /
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

A Flare Amidst the Rubble

In our first instalment of “Stopped in My Tracks”, a new series in which a contributor reflects on a life-altering encounter with an artwork, Carly Lewis discovers a sense of regeneration in Judit Reigl’s Guano.
by Carly Lewis /
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