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Exhibition The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding

8th September to 14th October, USA

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto in partnership with Autograph ABP, London are presenting an exhibition The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding at the Stamps Gallery (University of Michigan, USA).


Co-curated by Gaëtane Verna, Director of The Power Plant, and Mark Sealy, The Unfinished Conversation is grounded in the work of cultural theorist Stuart Hall (1932-2014), who devoted his life to studying the interweaving threads of culture, power, politics, and history. 

Taking Hall’s essay Encoding and Decoding in the Television Discourse as a point of departure, viewers will be invited to think about how meaning is constructed; how it is systematically distorted by audience reception; and how it can be detached and drained of its original intent to produce specific or slanted narratives. Hall's interdisciplinary approach drew on literary theory, linguistics, and cultural anthropology in order to analyse and articulate the relationship between history, culture, popular media, cold war politics, gender, and ethnicity.

The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding is a group exhibition including image and video work by Terry Adkins, John Akomfrah, Shelagh Keeley, and Zineb Sedira.