Joshua Schwebel is a Canadian artist. His conceptual work is developed out of site-specific research, and takes shape through dialogic interactions with his art-institutional hosts, examining how the institution sees itself in relation to its context, how this image is publicized, and how it is received in the local public. Through this open-ended process, Schwebel’s work adopts a form that singularly addresses the context in which it is situated.
Selected solo exhibitions and projects include: The Tenant, at Centre Clark (forthcoming, Montreal, 2021), The Employee, at Forest City Gallery (London, 2020-21), Receipt, at KW (Berlin, 2021), Solvent, at Or Gallery (Vancouver, 2019), and, A Dream in Which I Am You, at the Fonderie Darling (Montreal, 2018). Schwebel has held residencies at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Rupert (Vilnius), Standards (Milan), among others, and is currently a participant in BPA // the Berlin Program for Artists.
At AiR 351 Schwebel will continue research into toponymy, which will comprise a series of site-specific works addressed to place naming. Part of a larger study of toponymy, the research in Portugal will examine the particular history of the Marrano Jews, seeking encrypted or historical place names that refer to a forgotten, denigrated, or concealed former Jewish presence. His focus will be on historical places that underwent a change of name, and how that previous name might circulate on the margins or in unofficial histories.