Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

2011 Curator Candice Hopkins

Image by Chris Shepherd

Restaging the Encounter

Restaging the Encounter attempts to capture the fleeting moment when the political become poetic. The works will mine historical moments to enable their reconsideration in the present and offer possibilities to re-write and re-perform history. What do the concepts of revolution and utopia mean today and how can art reflect upon the nature of the spectacular? By mining the spaces between fiction and reality and the possible and the contained, artists will re-imagine the city for just one night to consider the urban environment as a forum for social practice.


Candice Hopkins is the Elizabeth Simonfay Curatorial Resident, Indigenous Art, at the National Gallery of Canada and former director and curator of exhibitions at the Western Front, Vancouver. She has an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York, where she was awarded the Ramapo Curatorial Prize. Her writing has been published by MIT Press, BlackDog Publishing, Revolver, New York University, among others. She has lectured at venues including Witte de With, Tate Modern, Dakar Biennale and Tate Britain.