Critical Discussion

MAWA provides a forum for critical dialogue, in part by offering critical reading and discussion groups on focused on specific topics. These have ranged from “big questions”, as exemplified by the “What is Art? Throwdown”, featuring presentation by three panelists from across the country, to in-depth analysis of specific texts, such as the reading group focusing on the recent work of cultural critic Jeanne Randolph. Critical reading and discussion groups are programmed on an ad hoc basis, and are offered free of charge or at nominal cost.

  • FEMtastic Film Club

    FEMtastic is MAWA’s new screening and discussion series! How do women filmmakers around the world understand and articulate their lived realities? What stories are told by women that reveal nuanced and multifaceted perspectivesin patriarchal societies? Intersectionality in gender and culture will be at the core of the films presented. Whether experimental, documentary or fiction, these stories manifest how personal narratives can reveal greater political discourses.

    You don’t have to join the discussion group to watch the films. Links will be available one week before the screening dates. Watch your MAWA “Coming Up” email and website for details.

    After you have seen the films, you may choose to register to join series curator soJin Chun on Zoom to discuss them. She will ask key questions to explore each film and the under-represented histories they reflect.

    soJin Chun is a Toronto-based artist-curator who explores the alternative dialogues that emerge in between cultures and disciplines. She spent most of her happy childhood lost in translation, and her Korean diasporic experience living in Bolivia and Canada inspires her artistic and curatorial practice. Chun’s work explores artists, identities, spaces and narratives that exist outside of dominant representations. She aims to create spaces to present contemporary art that is socially engaged and relevant for communities with a lack of access to the arts while commenting on a greater social and/or political struggle. Collaboration is an essential part of her process, and she has worked extensively with BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ communities in Canada and South America.

  • Critical Writing

    Do you have something to say and would like a paid writing opportunity? MAWA wants you!

    MAWA welcomes proposals for critical writing essays from people of all genders, to be printed in our quarterly newsletter. For more information on this opportunity download this pdf

    Image: Sophie Calle, Portrait 1 (detail)

  • Critical Painting Perspectives

    This online reading group is dedicated to exploring ideas, practices, theory and criticism with respect to contemporary painting. Group Zoom meetings will be held the first Monday of every month at 9 am. All women or non-binary painters are welcome to join the conversation, and critically evaluate and discuss the selected reading over a virtual cup of coffee. Interested in participating? Email facilitator Laura Darnbrough at for links to a short accessible article and the online meeting.

  • Theory at Home

    It’s fun! It’s theoretical! And you can wear your pajamas! MAWA presents a series of informal critical discussions led by guest facilitators online. People of all genders welcome. Email to receive the Zoom link to the meeting. Or if you are tired out by so many Zoom meet-ups or find the interface challenging, feel free to do the reading or have a discussion on one of these topics with a friend.