I Was Shot in the Back Tilo Schulz

November 20, 2008 – January 11, 2009

Curated by Séamus Kealy

Special Events

Paintball Performance at the Blackwood Gallery, Kaneff Building.
Sunday November 16th, 1 – 3pm

FREE Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Sunday November 23rd, 12 - 5pm
Tour departs OCAD (100 McCaul St) at noon for Doris McCarthy Gallery (UTSC), Koffler Gallery, Art Gallery of York University and the Blackwood Gallery. Please call the Koffler Gallery at 416.636.1880 x 270 by November 21st to book a seat.
*Artist Tilo Schulz will give a talk.

Exhibition Statement

Forty years after the global 1968 uprisings, German artist Tilo Schulz has arranged a performance and exhibition that involves student action, 1950s–style abstract painting, and local Cold War politics. On the University of Toronto Mississauga campus, a large-scale event involving students stages the construction of 'revolutionary' abstract paintings through the use of paint-ball guns. Meanwhile, in the gallery, an exhibition revolves around this event and the subsequent images in the context of relevant histories, as well as around the legend of Mississauga resident Igor Gouzenko, Canada's first true Soviet spy who only ever appeared in public wearing a hood.

The November 16th event is free and open to the public. In response to political realities, the guns are aimed towards a new aesthetic instead of drawing blood. Results of the event will produce the exhibition, which will be on display until January 11th, 2009.

Student uprisings have always arisen in response to new powers and policies being implemented on different socio-political levels, including the university level. In post-war times, rigid policies trickled down from Cold War politics within university administrations and faculties. Today, a top-down, market-oriented structure dominates many university systems, where students are questioning the role of the university in creating a new society. Amongst students’ grievances today are the distribution of funds throughout the university which tend to reinforce a powerful hierarchy, high tuition fees, poor transportation systems perpetuating overuse of the car, the exclusion of many from a university education, the university’s intimate relationship with corporate powers and militarism, and the complexities of a university bureaucracy set to serve itself before students.

- Séamus Kealy, former Curator of the Blackwood Gallery

Artist Biography

Tilo Schulz has been working as an artist and curator for almost two decades. He has recently had celebrated solo shows in institutions such as Secession in Vienna, Magazin4 in Bregenz and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig. The Blackwood Gallery is proud to present his first exhibition in Canada.


Installation Views

Generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Student Housing and Residence Life (UTM), Paintball Nation and the Goethe Institute.