Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

2011 Curator Nicholas Brown

Image by Chris Shepherd

You had to go looking for it

You had to go looking for it invites us to transform and occupy Toronto's financial district.

The neighbourhood lives and breathes during banker's hours � its glass buildings, subterranean arcades and courtyards are offered up to those with the business to be there. This exhibition proposes forms of organization, communication, and labour that echo, invert and misuse the symbolic language of corporate capitalism. We convene in the wake of recent traumatic events that saw the area cordoned off as a protected site of global financial policymaking in the midst of civil unrest. Against this backdrop, artists will open the financial district up as a place of otherworldly encounter, ambivalent assembly and enthusiastic competition.


Nicholas Brown is a Toronto-based independent curator and co-director of Hunter and Cook Projects. From 2008-2010 he was the curator of Red Bull 381 Projects, where he introduced a programme of leading contemporary art and a model for arts patronage that was unprecedented in Canada. He maintains an independent practice that encompasses writing, curating, and project development. Nicholas was an organizer of Reverse Pedagogy II, a nomadic art school that took place during the 53rd Annual Venice Biennale in 2009. Nicholas has written for Fillip, Hunter and Cook, and C Magazine.