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Jean-Paul Kelly: That ends that matterFree

Public Reception: Thursday, January 24; 7pm

Artist Talk by Jean-Paul Kelly: Tuesday, January 22; 7 pm

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Jean-Paul Kelly to Plug In ICA for his
solo-exhibition, That ends that matter, a comprehensive video installation set in a
courtroom. Part re-enactment combined with found-photo montage streams and graphical
animation, That ends that matter attempts to parse through and recite Kelly’s
experiences observing hearings at the City of London Magistrates’ Court in Central
London, UK. Given the UK’s regulations restricting all forms of visual or audio
recording in courtrooms, any recollection of events throughout a hearing becomes
subjective. In an effort to recount what the artist, referencing documentarian
Fredrick Wiseman, calls a “fair account” of what he witnessed, there’s an embrace of
abstraction, tangents, error, and the aestheticization of Kelly’s felt experiences.

Over the last decade and a half, Toronto based Kelly, has worked closely with a
practice rooted in dissecting documentary frameworks. In an earlier interview for, Kelly references the writer Truman Capote’s work as “poetic reporting”— a
process that Kelly embraces. Kelly states, “I’m interested in the metaphors and
possibilities of documentary substance.”
This is the first presentation of Jean-Paul Kelly’s work in Winnipeg and in the
prairies. He has extensively exhibited and screened works across North America and
Europe including The Power Plant, Toronto; Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art,
Toronto; Gallery TPW, Toronto; Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto; SBC Gallery, Montreal;
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Nightingale Cinema,
Chicago; Courtesan Festival, Ghent; International Film Festival, Rotterdam; The New
York Film Festival; The Toronto International Film Festival and Delfina Foundation,
London UK. In 2014, he was the recipient of the Kazuko Trust Award from the Film
Society of Lincoln Center, New York. He’s been longlisted for the Sobey Art Award and
the AIMIA|AGO Photography Prize.Associated Programming

Related Events:
Artist Talk by Jean-Paul Kelly on Tuesday, January 22, 2019; 7pm
Video Screening curated by Jean-Paul Kelly on Thursday, March 7, 2019; 7pm
Curatorial Tour by Jenifer Papararo Saturday, March 9, 2019; 3pm
Exhibition Tour in French and Respondent Series, (TBA)

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are on Treaty One Territory, the
traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Métis, Cree, Dakota, Dene, and Oji-Cree

Production of That ends that matter was made possible through funding support of
Ontario Arts Council with additional research support from the Film Society of Lincoln
Center’s Kuzuko Trust Award and Delfina Foundation’s family of individual

Plug In ICA extends our gratitude to our artists, generous donors, valued members and
dedicated volunteers. With special thanks to our Director’s Circle.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba
Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We could not operate without their continued
financial investment and lobbying efforts.

Plug In ICA relies on community support to remain free and accessible to all, and enable
us to continue to present excellent programs. Please consider becoming a member of Plug In
ICA and a donor at or by contacting Angela Forget:

For more information on this and our other education programs, contact Luther Konadu

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All public programming is free and open to the public. This exhibition contains sexual
and violent content material, and might not be suitable for all ages. Please
use discretion.


January 25 @ 12:00 pm
March 24 @ 5:00 pm


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