2015 Winner Announced
Congratulations Adam Barbu!
Winner of the 3rd Annual Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators
We are pleased to announce that Adam Barbu has been awarded the 3rd annual prize. Barbu’s project, The Queer Feeling of Tomorrow, has been selected as the winning submission and will be featured at the Art Gallery of Guelph from September 17 – December 13, 2015.
The jury, composed of Katherine Dennis (1st Annual Middlebrook Prize Recipient), Dawn Owen (Acting Director, Art Gallery of Guelph), and Jennifer Rudder (Associate Professor of Curatorial Studies, OCAD University), cited the complexity and scope of Barbu’s proposal in their basis for selection, describing the exhibition as:
“A cohesive and refined selection of works that meet Barbu’s conceptual objectives, coupled with extension programming that is dynamic and elastic in bridging a diversity of communities.”
The Queer Feeling of Tomorrow seeks to explore themes of doubt, resilience, and political agency. Featuring works by John Hanning (Brooklyn, NY), David Poolman (Toronto, ON), Sunil Gupta (London, England), Laurel Woodcock (Guelph, ON), Shan Kelley (Montreal, QC), and Julia Martin (Ottawa, ON), the exhibition traces a kind of queer orientation to the world expressed through a pursuit of the ambiguous enclaves and shadows of “official culture.” A national outreach writing project titled Queer Futures will run in conjunction with the exhibition.
Curator, Winner of 2015 Middlebrook Prize
Adam Barbu is an independent writer and curator currently living in Ottawa. He has produced contemporary art exhibitions nationally and internationally that explore themes of cultural memory, the politics of spectatorship, and alternative modes of public engagement. His current critical research focuses on queer theory, “post AIDS” discourses, and early minimalist art. In fall 2015, Barbu will begin his M.A. in Art History at the University of Toronto.