2017 Project

Deanna Bowen: On Trial The Long Doorway

Artist: Deanna Bowen

Curator: Georgina Jackson

Location: Toronto

Partner: Mercer Union

Duration: September 15 – 4 November, 2017

Building on the success of our collaboration with Mercer Union in 2015 and 2016, PIA will continue our support of Mercer with three more commissions in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The first of these commissions, The Long Doorway by Toronto-based artist Deanna Bowen, takes as its starting point a 1956 CBC teledrama, which tells the story of a young black lawyer who is assigned to represent a young white student who has assaulted a black student. Bowen’s project will re-insert this forgotten teledrama into the present moment through script readings, performances and a video installation. PIA’s support will enable Bowen to realise this ambitious and relevant work and present it to audiences in Toronto and abroad, thereby extending the exposure of this important artist across Canada and internationally.