Plug In ICA’s STAGES biennial 2023

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is very pleased to announce the fourth installment of its biennial offsite public exhibition series, STAGES. Since its inception in 2017, this program has been an opportunity to engage the broader publics of the city and extend our activities beyond the limited confines of the gallery space. Between August and September 2023, we will run six projects throughout the city by six selected artists from across the country. Each of these artists will select and research a site within the city limits to activate, respond to, or consider as a point of departure. The artists gathered for this iteration of STAGES represent an array of idiosyncratic practices with a nuanced attunement to the world today and its ever-refracting complexities. They work within, and around modalities that are steeped in social, theoretical, and aesthetic practices in equal measure. Their respective artistic disciplines are invariably multiple and generous in what they impart. We are excited to share their work and the intricate conversations they hold. The following are the artists for STAGES 2023:

Hangama Amiri, Kabul, Nova Scotia, Ontario, & New York

Ekene Emeke-Maduka, Manitoba

Marisa Gallemit, Ontario

Kosisochukwu Nnebe, Quebec

Lou Sheppard, New Brunswick

Paul Zacharias, Manitoba

In the run-up to the summer exhibitions, we will be conducting a succession of talks as part of the STAGES Speaker Series. Each artist will give the chance to share their practice to the Winnipeg public in a formal presentation. Throughout the winter, as part of their research, all visiting artists will get the chance to tour and visit various sites across the city ahead of their summer project. They will be acquainted with local culture and history during this research period. The following are the dates slated for each artist.

December 16, 2022: Artist talk by Marisa Gallemit

February 1, 2023: Lou Sheppard

February 18, 2023: Ekene Emeka-Maduka

February 25, 2023: Paul Zacharias

March 23, 2023: Hangama Amiri

April 6, 2023: Kosisochukwu Nnebe


We are on Treaty 1 Territory. Plug In ICA is located on the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Plug In ICA extends our heartfelt gratitude to our generous donors, valued members, and dedicated volunteers. We acknowledge the sustaining support of our Director’s Circle. You all make a difference.

This exhibition was realized with the support of the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as the RBC Foundation’s support of the OAG’s Connect: Artist Mentorship Program.

The artist acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

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

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