LAW & (DIS)ORDER, curated by Noor Alé & Claudia Mattos

LAW & (DIS)ORDER, curated by Noor Alé & Claudia Mattos

LAW & (DIS)ORDER Curated by Noor Alé and Claudia Mattos

 February 5–29, 2020

4th floor @ 401 Richmond St. W., suite 440
Open Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
(only during exhibitions) Saturday 1-5 pm

Thursday, February 13, 2020
6-9pm (Yoshua Okón will be present)


Co-presented with Sur Gallery, moderated by Noor Alé

Thursday, February 13, 2020  7pm

Vtape presents a program by guest curators Noor Alé and Claudia Mattos. This is a return for the curatorial duo we first worked with in 2017 when they presented a special edition of the Curatorial Incubator All Is well on the border, a collection of video works that contend with life on the margins. LAW & (DIS)ORDER continues their trajectory of social engagement with a program of works that examine the interactions between artists and various forms of political control. They write:

LAW & (DIS)ORDER brings together a group of artists who highlight ruptures in the relationship between police and the people they are sworn to protect. Namely, the works call attention to abuses of power or corruptions in the ways that the law is enforced. The works all bring light to these issues performatively, and many of the performances—exhibited as videos—outline the often bureaucratic absurdity of police corruption through the use of humor or parody. Ultimately, the works deal with the very serious issues of police corruption and violence in a way that does not sensationalize or trivialize these matters but offers a different, and perhaps more accessible, point of entry into a widely-cast discussion about ethics and reform.”

Noor Alé and Claudia Mattos

Vtape is publishing a long-form essay by Noor Alé and Claudia Mattos that develops the ideas arising from LAW AND (DIS)ORDER. It will be available at the opening.

Works in the exhibition

Yoshua Okón, Poli VI, Orillese a la Orilla, 1999-2000, 5:39

Aman Mojadidi, Payback, 2009, 17:28

Berna Reale, Palomo, 2012, 3:03

Halil Altindere, Wonderland, 2013, 8:25


Noor Alé and Claudia Mattos have been working with the Toronto video archive and non-profit Vtape since 2016. Together, they curated the exhibition All is well on the border titled after the 1997 Akram Zaatari documentary: influenced by the Syrian crisis, the exhibition explored border zones and political exile through video. All is well on the border was presented by Vtape in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Images Festival.

Claudia Mattos is a curator and writer who most recently served as Assistant Curator of Media Arts and Live Events at the Baltimore Museum of Art, where she curated exhibitions of Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin, and the New York art collective DIS. Previously, she served as Exhibitions and Programming Director for the Miami-based experimental art space Locust Projects and as Curatorial Assistant and Content Editor at Performa, the New York biennial of performance art. She has contributed to exhibitions, curatorial research and writing at The Whitney Museum of American Art; Vtape; Independent Curators International; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; and the Rubell Family Collection, among others. She earned an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London; and a BA in Art History and Visual Studies from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Noor Alé is an Assistant Curator & Registrar at the MacLaren Art Centre. Her curatorial practice looks to the intersections of contemporary art, politics and technology. She has assisted on curatorial and public programs at the National Gallery of Canada, the Abu Dhabi Project,  the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Art Dubai and Vtape. She holds an MA from The Courtauld Institute of Art, and a BA from the University of Guelph.

(image: Berna Reale, Palomo, 2012, Video still. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Nara Roesler)


Vtape is an Accessible Venue with level entrance

at the EAST end of the building on Richmond St. West.

401 Richmond St., suite 452

Toronto, ON  M5V 3A8

416 351-1317

Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm

(only during exhibitions) Saturday 1-5pm

Vtape acknowledges the generous support of all of our funders including The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

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