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In a two-part installation at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and Ryerson Image Centre’s New Media Wall, Ware imagines a world where racialized people have survived the “black death spectacle” writ large on the nightly news; survived the catastrophic impact of the Anthropocene; and survived the crushing effects of white supremacy. Drawing on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism, Ware creates a portal that takes us to eleven characters in the summer of 2030, each with birthright citizenship to the only habitable place on earth: Antarctica. Their task? To begin terraforming for the new colony.

Videographer and Editor: Mishann Lau; Textile Support: Merlin Hargreaves.

Commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art and made possible with the generous support of the RBC Emerging Canadian Artist Program. Ancestors, Can You Read Us? (Dispatches from the Future), a related installation by Ware currently on view at the Ryerson Image Centre, is co-commissioned by the Ryerson Image Centre and the Toronto Biennial of Art.


Learn more about Syrus Marcus Ware’s practice by listening to the Short Format series on the Toronto Biennial of Art Podcast. Interviewed by Aliya Pabani, episode 3 with Ware is available HERE.

Reviews & Coverage:

Antarctica (Syrus Marcus Ware & Toronto Biennial of Art) SummerWorks 2019 Review