Curatorial Incubator v.12: Exercises for Precarious Living

Curatorial Incubator v.12: Exercises for Precarious Living

Curated by Daniella E. Sanader

Opening Reception:

Friday, January 9, 2015


Curator’s talk at 7pm


This year, The Curatorial Incubator, v.12 – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Brat asked emerging curators to get a little naughty, with programs of work that put a contemporary spin on the modernist classic (pace Papa Joyce). Coming of age causes problems, within the highly personal environment of the family as well as in the overtly political milieu of the state.

We open this year’s Curatorial Incubator with Daniella Sanader’s exploration of anxiety as it manifests in the work of artists who perform the self but refuse the improvement side of the equation.

“The core principle of self-improvement culture is the calculated management of bodies – their surfaces and gestures, modes of self-representation, and everyday states of being and living. … Our bodies are constantly negotiating with the corporeal and emotional impacts of temporary job contracts and unpaid internships, the varied micro-aggressions (and aggressions proper) of racism, sexism, and homophobia, increasing levels of securitisation and surveillance, and the erosion of once-reliable social institutions.”

– Daniella E. Sanader


The Program:

Martha Wilson, Routine Performance,1972, 2:10

Bridget Moser, Asking for a friend, 2013, 9:56.

Tom Sherman, Hyperventilation 2011, 2011, 8:30.

Christine Negus, forget, 2010, 2:52.

Divya Mehra, The Yogi, 2005, 13:20.

Lucy Clout, Shrugging Offing, 2013, 10:33



Daniella E. Sanader is an arts writer and researcher living in Toronto. She holds an MA in Art History and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies from McGill University. Her writing has been featured in a variety of publications including CMagazine, BlackFlash, The Journal of Curatorial Studies, and Canadian Art. She currently works for the recently-federated Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre, and she was selected as a runner-up for the Canadian Art Foundation Writing Prize in 2014. Her current independent work focuses on messy things and ambivalent feelings.

Still credit: Hyperventilation 2011, Tom Sherman, 2011.