Jean-Paul Kelly:
That ends that matter

January 25 to [EXTENDED] March 31, 2019

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Artist Talk: 
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 7 pm

Opening Reception: 
Thursday, January 24 , 2019 | 7 pm

Exhibition Tour in French: 

Saturday, February 16, 2019; 3 pm

Video Screening curated by Jean-Paul Kelly: 
Thursday, March 7, 2019; 7 pm

Curatorial Tour, Jenifer Papararo: 
Saturday, March 9, 2019; 3 pm

Respondent Series:

Jean-Paul Kelly’s solo-exhibition, “That ends that matter,” was extended until March 31st, 2019 in an effort to increase accessibility for visitors.

It was with great pleasure that we welcomed Jean-Paul Kelly to Plug In ICA for his solo-exhibition, That ends that matter, a comprehensive video installation set in a courtroom. Part re-enactment combined with found-photo montage streams and graphical animation, That ends that matter attempted to parse through and recite Kelly’s experiences observing hearings at the City of London Magistrates’ Court in Central London, UK. Given the UK’s regulations restricting all forms of visual or audio recording in courtrooms, any recollection of events throughout a hearing becomes subjective. In an effort to recount what the artist, referencing documentarian Fredrick Wiseman, calls a “fair account” of what he witnessed, there’s an embrace of abstraction, tangents, error, and the aestheticization of Kelly’s felt experiences.

Over the last decade and a half, Toronto based Kelly, has worked closely with a practice rooted in dissecting documentary frameworks. In an earlier interview for, Kelly references the writer Truman Capote’s work as “poetic reporting”— a process that Kelly embraces. Kelly states, “I’m interested in the metaphors and possibilities of documentary substance.”

This is the first presentation of Jean-Paul Kelly’s work in Winnipeg and in the prairies. He has extensively exhibited and screened works across North America and Europe including The Power Plant, Toronto; Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art, Toronto; Gallery TPW, Toronto; Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto; SBC Gallery, Montreal; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Nightingale Cinema, Chicago; Courtesan Festival, Ghent; International Film Festival, Rotterdam; The New York Film Festival; The Toronto International Film Festival and Delfina Foundation, London UK. In 2014, he was the recipient of the Kazuko Trust Award from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York. He’s been longlisted for the Sobey Art Award and the AIMIA|AGO Photography Prize.


Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are on Treaty One Territory, the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Métis, Cree, Dakota, Dene, and Oji-Cree Nations.

Production of That ends that matter was made possible through funding support of Ontario Arts Council with additional research support from the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Kuzuko Trust Award and Delfina Foundation’s family of individual supporters.

Plug In ICA extends our gratitude to our artists, generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers. With special thanks to our Director’s Circle.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We could not operate without their continued financial investment and lobbying efforts.

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All public programming is free and open to the public. Everyone welcome! This exhibition contains explicit sexual and violent material, and might not be suitable for all ages. Please use discretion.