Friday September 29, 2017

Artist Marianne Nicolson's Nuit Blanche exhibit confronts Canada's land issue with Indigenous people

Marianne Nicolson

Marianne Nicolson (Courtesy of artist)

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Marianne Nicolson is well known for her large scale, vibrant public illustrations and she will be bringing her expertise to Nuit Blanche in Toronto this weekend. Toronto's Old City Hall is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks.
It's the former home of City Council, and a current court house and it's a massive, grey and brown stone heritage building right in the heart of the financial district.

But if you walk by Old City Hall this weekend during the all-night public art show, Nuit Blanche, you'll see something a little different: a colourful video projected onto the massive clock tower, on a constant loop.

The piece is called 'The Many Large Houses of the Ghosts', and it features animated illustrations of pictographs and other Indigenous imagery. Nicholson talks to guest host Ali Hassan about what motivates her work.

Marianne Nicolson

Art by Marianne Nicolson, which will be displayed at this year's Nuit Blanche in Toronto, Ont. (Courtesy of Marianne Nicolson)

Marianne Nicolson

Art by Marianne Nicolson, which will be displayed at this year's Nuit Blanche in Toronto, Ont. (Courtesy of Marianne Nicolson)

— Produced by Cora Nijhawan