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Curated by Kate Benedict


Artists: Morehshin Allahyari, American Artist, Zach Blas, Tabita Rezaire, Caroline Sinders, and Paul Wiersbinski


<Ctrl + Shift 1.vv> emerges out of subversive and urgent demands to make visible how race, gender, and capital are factors in creating unequal and unfair conditions. Originally conceived as a series of day-long screenings, lectures, performances, and workshops informed by trans- and interdisciplinary approaches to feminist ideas and concepts, <Ctrl + Shift 1.vv> now confronts the violent storm of COVID-19 by creating a new autonomous community zone online. As we aspire to mutual aid and solidarity across the globe, <Ctrl + Shift 1.vv> embraces the mass of unknowns and fears we now face collectively. By operating as a (web)site of creativity and play, <Ctrl + Shift 1.vv> will attempt to find new ways to connect, share, and create communities in an age of growing and imposed isolation.


Image:  Zach Blas, Contra-Internet (video still), 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.


Kate Benedict

Benedict (Toronto, Canada) is a curator and writer. She is the co-director and curator of Bunker 2 Contemporary Art Container, an alternative exhibition space based out of a repurposed shipping container in Toronto. Benedict holds an Honors B.F.A in Digital Media Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She is on the Advisory and Programming Committee at Critical Distance Centre for Curators and has been invited to speak and/or moderate on multiple panels. She has published three publications and in 2016 was the Edition Art Book Fair Coordinator. In addition to working at many artist-run centers, including Studio XX and 8 Eleven, for the past three years Benedict has been employed at Division Gallery, Toronto, where she formerly held the position of gallery manager. Adopting an intersectional feminist approach, Benedict’s curatorial research focuses on the fields of contemporary visual culture, identity politics, and digital media. Her practice explores a collapse of traditional environments and relationships, prompting the viewer to reconsider the power dynamics at play in our online and physical spaces.

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