Critical Discussion

Elvira Finnigan, Fragments: bowl, chip bag, pop tin, mixed media 2016

Theory at Home

Nostalgia is Dead! Long Live Nostalgia! with Elise Dawson

  • January 24, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Duke of Kent Legion, 227 McDermot Avenue

Free, everyone welcome to attend!

Elise Dawson will lead a discussion of strategies that artists have established to deal with memory, paying particular attention to the relevance and role of nostalgia in local, contemporary, feminist art practices. How do we choose to see, represent and interpret the past as artists moving toward an increasingly conscious understanding of history and the present? Nostalgia can trigger emotions to engage viewers’ attention and encourage participation in the artwork, but can nostalgia challenge us? 

Reading: Svetlana Boym,  “Nostalgia”

  • Elise Dawson

    Elise Dawson is an artist and arts administrator from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated from the School of Fine Art at the University of Manitoba in 2012 before beginning her career in galleries. Last year, Dawson completed an artist residency in Puebla, Mexico and is a 2017-2018 graduate of the Cartae Open School. She recently published her first collection of poetry, SEX DEATH AND, and has a forthcoming exhibition in Winnipeg in December.