Award-winning artist will talk about her show at Oakville Galleries Saturday


Published May 9, 2024 at 4:39 pm

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An award-winning artist based out of Berlin will be at Oakville Galleries Saturday.

Sung Tieu, who was recently awarded the 2024 Schering Stiftung Award for Artistic Research, draws on extensive research to produce works of sculpture, drawing, text, and sound. Her work explores questions of governance, civic responsibility, and justice, and analyzes mechanisms of state control.

The exhibition Civic Floor at Oakville Galleries includes a new body of sculpture and wall-based works, which are accompanied by sound and video.


In the exhibition, a series of steel sculptures makes reference to prison architecture from “radial” prisons first developed in the 1840s to newer forms of prison architecture produced since the 1990s.

“These sculptures give one an intimate view of the brutal mechanisms of spatial organization and surveillance methods designed in tandem with the architecture,” said a gallery spokesperson.

“Each sculpture also contains earth that references each prison’s location. The sculptures are accompanied by wall-works based on documents used to assess individuals’ eligibility for immigration and asylum or those that act as appeals against deportation.”

Tieu analyzes and re-creates politically-motivated systems of control and administrative violence, dissecting them with a cool gaze and distinct critique.

The Artist Talk will be Saturday, May 11, at 3 p.m.

Civic Floor is on display until June 1. Oakville Galleries is located at 1306 Lakeshore Rd. E. For information, visit the website.

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