From Glissant Unfixed and Unbounded

From Glissant Unfixed and Unbounded

An event presented by Elegoa Cultural Productions and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

December 5, 6 and 7, 2019.

Photo: Edouard Glissant en 1997 (in 1997) in New York City by © Jean-Christian Bourcart


Curators Pamela Edmonds, Wanda Nanibush and Catherine Sicot joined forces to create the event From Glissant: Unfixed and Unbounded in Toronto on December 5, 6 and 7, 2019 at the AGO.

This international event attempts to unfix and unbound current thinking around Identity by exploring poet-philosopher Édouard Glissant' s alternative: Relation. Building on Toronto's current political and artistic dynamics, this event sets in motion relational poetics between local and international participants who together explore the potential of art to engage in the assertion of identities, its consequences on respect and the sharing of land and resources. The event proposes to enact Glissant's concept of “Le Tout-Monde" (Whole-World or One World) in order to allow new imaginaries to flow.

The format of the event evokes Glissant’s multifaceted sensibility by combining experimental films, choreographed readings, sound and music pieces, interactive games, theoretical responses and discussions.  

Participants and/or works by:

Lillian Allen, Mosab Alnomairy, Sandra Brewster, Manthia Diawara, DJ Grumps, nichola feldman-kiss (with collaborators Lodi Awad, Valérie Buhagiar, Blandine Kan, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Ruth Mathiang, Leila Mosemi, Roula Said, Mabinty Sylla, Maryem Toller), John Greyson, Rosemary Heather, Alejandra Higuera, Nasrin Himada, Robert Houle, Moridja Kitenge Banza, Sukaina Kubba and Craig Mulholland, Yaniya Lee, Makesense (Gabriel Beck, facilitated by Benjamin J. Allard), Olive Martin and Patrick Bernier, Olivia McGilchrist, Katherine McKittrick, Rea McNamara, Joiri Minaya, Esery Mondésir, Darlene Naponse, Rehab Nazzal, Public Studio, Ronald Rose-Antoinette, Larissa Sansour, John Ralston Saul, Duke Redbird, charles c. smith, Bojana Stancic, Adrian Stimson, Swapnaa Tamhane, Eve Tuck, Rinaldo Walcott, Fan Wu and the public.


Tickets are $5 -$25 CAD.
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Additionally, Miho Hatori will perform Salon Mondialité, programmed in conjunction with the event by the Art Gallery of Ontario at 8:00pm on December 6 and 7. Contact AGO for separate Tickets to this event.



To register/buy tickets, $25 for the full 3-Day event, click here.

To register/buy tickets, $5 for Day 1 - Thursday December 5, click here

To register/buy tickets, $10 for DAY 2 - Friday December 6, click here

To register/buy tickets, $10 for Day 3 - Saturday December 7, click here


For additional information contact Astrid Ho, Event/Program Coordinator of Elegoa Cultural Productions at

The AGO is Wheelchair Accessible.

The Art Square Café and Gallery is not wheelchair accessible. Please contact us before November 25 so that we can help people in need of assistance with entering the space.


From Glissant Unfixed and Unbounded – SCHEDULE

DAY 1 - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 - 6:00 to 9:30 pm onwards

5:30 pm Doors open.

(Jackman Hall and Art Square Café and Gallery)

From Creolization to Rhizomatic Identities

Introductions by Catherine Sicot

6:00 pm Opening remarks : Robert Houle


Films by Manthia Diawara (on Édouard Glissant), and by Wanda Nanibush (on Gérald Vizenor - filmed with Darlene Naponse)


A Black/Indigenous dialogue.
Moderator Wanda Nanibush, with Darlene Naponse, Ronald Rose-Antoinette, Eve Tuck and Rinaldo Walcott

9:30 pm- 11:30 pm


Drinks and audio visual music program by DJ Grumps. DJ Grumps' program is inspired by Édouard Glissant’s research and love of music.

Program hosted at Art Square Café and Gallery, (this is not wheelchair accessible. Please contact us before November 25 to discuss options to help access), across the street from the AGO.

DAY 2 - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 - 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
8:45 am Doors Open
(Jackman Hall and AGO South Entrance)
Chaotic Conversations

Introductions by Pamela Edmonds

9:00 am Opening remarks: Duke Redbird 

Jackman Hall

In tribute to Glissant’s Chaos-Operas, poetry and sound mix of different languages staged by Bojana Stancic with
Sirens by nichola feldman-kiss with ululation performers Lodi Awad, Valérie BuhagiarBlandine Kan, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Ruth Mathiang, Leila Mosemi, Roula Said, Mabinty Sylla, Maryem Toller
exchanges in resilience - the power of chaos by charles c.smith
Intervention by Lillian Allen
Temporary refuge, Don't rush and Thirsty horses, poetry reading by Mosab Alnomairy
Ocean Mind, Open Tongue: Against Communication, poetry reading by Fan Wu
Hymne à nous, film by Moridja Kitenge Banza

10:00 am ÉDOUARD GLISSANT IN NUNAVUT by John Ralston Saul

Jackman Hall
I Belong to the Ship (Je suis du bord) film by Olive Martin / Patrick Bernie
Labadee, film by Joiri Minaya
MINUS TARGET, Sound piece by Sukaina Kuba and Craig Mulholland
Response: Rinaldo Walcott

1:00 pm Lunch Break

Jackman Hall
That, intervention by Ronald Rose-Antoinette
Nocturnes, film by Esery Mondésir
In Pursuit of One Form, 2018-2019 by Swapnaa Tamhane
Katherine, film by Esery Mondésir


South entrance
Conversation moderated by Makesense, interactive game by Gabriel Beck facilitated by Benjamin J. Allard) with Sukaina Kuba, Esery Mondésir and members of the public.

5:15 pm BLUR: Tour of Sandra Brewster's exhibition Blur with the artist.

DAY 3 - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7- 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
8:45 am Doors Open
(Jackman Hall and AGO South Entrance)
Land and Future(s)

Introductions by Wanda Nanibush

9:00 am ERRANT performance by Adrian Stimson

Break: The public is asked to please leave the theatre for the performance wrap-up.

10:15 am LAND AND FUTURE(s) - PART 1
Jackman Hall
Canada Park, film by and response: Rehab Nazzal

What Isn't There, film by Public Studio
Response: John Greyson

Captifs D'Amour, film by and response: John Greyson

12:00 pm Lunch break

1:00 pm LAND AND FUTURE(s) - PART 2
Jackman Hall
In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain, film by Larissa Sansour
Response: Nasrin Himada

Hymne à nous, De 1848 à nos jours, The MAP, films and multimedia by and response: Moridja Kitenge Banza

Island, film by Olivia McGilchrist
Response: Moridja Kitenge Banza


3:15 pm FUTURE LAND(S)?

Jackman Hall

Reticulation. 1993-2019 by Katherine McKittrick

Conversation moderated by Yaniya Lee with Moridja Kitengue Banza, John Greyson, Rehab Nazzal and Adrian Stimson.

5:30 pm CLOSING

Complimentary Projects:
Field Recordings, a publication project by Rosemary Heather, Rea McNamara and Alejandra Higuera (titled tbd).  The publication team will gather audio, visual, words and any form of interaction with participants and the public before, during and after the event, with the intention to propose an alternative memory of it. A collaboration will also happen with the AGO photographer 3 hours per day.

L’échiqueté by Olive Martin and Patrick Bernier.
Altered chess game played via Skype by/with authors Olive Martin and Patrick Bernier.
Appointments to be booked anytime with


The event is commissioned and produced by Elegoa Cultural Productions and co-presented with the Art Gallery of Ontario. It is funded for its main part by the Canada Council for the Arts, through the Sector Innovation and Development Program.



Please note that this exhibition is happening simultaneously:

Tout-Monde: Markham  
September 14, 2019 – January 5, 2020 Varley Art Gallery of Markham,
Main Gallery

Andrew Chung, Annette Mangaard, Julieta Maria, Calyx Passailaigue, Roberto Santaguida, Alice Shin
Co-Curated by Catherine Sicot and Anik Glaude

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Catherine Sicot wants to thank Alexander Morales Carbajal for his introduction to Edouard Glissant in a chaotic moment and Lucile Montigaud for reminding her of Glissant in another chaotic moment.

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