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:

Gabriel Beck, Manthia Diawara, DJ Grumps, John Greyson, Rosemary Heather, Nasrin Himada, Moridja Kitenge Banza, Olivia McGilchrist, Katherine McKittrick, Rea McNamara, Sukaina Kubba and Craig Mulholland, Olive Martin and Patrick Bernier, Joiri Minaya, Esery Mondésir, Darlene Naponse, Rehab Nazzal, Public Studio, Ronald Rose-Antoinette, Larissa Sansour, John Ralston Saul, charles c. smith, Bojana Stancic, Adrian Stimson, Swapnaa Tamhane, Eve Tuck, Rinaldo Walcott, the public and other guests to be confirmed.


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 10:00 pm onwards

(Jackman Hall and Art Square Café and Gallery)

From Creolization to Rhizomatic Identities

Opening remarks

PART 1 - Édouard Glissant and Gérald Vizenor

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

PART 2 - From Creolization to Rhizomatic Identities

In conversation - Wanda Nanibush with Darlene Naponse, Ronald Rose-Antoinette, Eve Tuck and Rinaldo Walcott

PART 3 - Listening to Le Tout-Monde

Drinks and 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, (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

(Jackman Hall and AGO South Entrance)

Chaotic Conversations

Opening remarks

Reading by John Ralston Saul

PART 1 - Ocean: Migrations to Chaos

Films and sound piece by Olive Martin and Patrick Bernier, Joiri Minaya, Sukaina Kuba and Craig Mulholland
Response by Rinaldo Walcott

PART 2 - Chaos to Opacities

Films and performative readings by Esery Mondésir, Ronald Rose-Antoinette, Swapnaa Tamhane

Lunch break

PART 3 - Chaotic Conversations

A conversation moderated by Pamela Edmonds and Makesense (Interactive game by Gabriel Beck) with, Sukaina Kuba, Esery Mondésir and members of the public

PART 4 - Chaos-Opera

In tribute to Glissant’s Chaos-Operas, poetry and sound mix of languages staged by Bojana Stancic with charles c.smith, Moridja Kitenge Banza and others to be confirmed.


DAY 3 - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7- 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

(Jackman Hall and AGO South Entrance)

Land and Future(s)

Opening performance by Adrian Stimson

PART 1- Land and Future(s)

Films and responses by Rehab Nazzal, Public Studio, John Greyson, Larissa Sansour, Nasrin Himada, Olivia McGilchrist, Moridja Kitenge Banza

Lunch break

PART 2- L’échiqueté

Altered chess game via Skype by/with authors Olive Martin and Patrick Bernier

PART 3 - Future Land(s)?

In conversation with Rehab Nazzal, John Greyson, Moridja Kitenge Banza

PART 4 - Closing

Program will be further updated


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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