Leslie Supnet, Fair Trade, video, 2009

Showcases and Exhibitions

Isolated Landscapes: the women of prairie video art

  • November 3, 2017 – December 1, 2017
  • PLATFORM Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, 100 Arthur Street


Curated by Kathy Rae Huffman

Presented by Video Pool Media Arts Centre in partnership with MAWA and Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts

Isolated Landscapes is a multi-layered project that examines the history and future of women working in video art and performance on the Canadian prairies. Created by Video Pool Media Arts Centre it is presented in partnership with PLATFORM Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts and MAWA. Curated by Los Angeles-based Kathy Rae Huffman, it includes an exhibition, a women’s gathering, online dissemination, live performances and a screening series travelling to four cities across Canada.

Opening of Isolated Landscapes
Friday, November 3, 2017, 7pm
at PLATFORM Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts 

The exhibition continues until December 1, 2017, and will feature four evenings of performances (TBA) that explore the connections between women, performance and video. 

Women’s Gathering
Friday-Sunday, November 17-19, 2017
at Video Pool Media Arts Centre and MAWA 

Moderated by Kathy Rae Huffman and Ardele Lister, this weekend gathering will encompass panels, presentations, lectures and live performances by Ming Hon, Freya Olafson, The Ephemerals, and Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan (details TBA). Most delicious of all? MAWA will host a potluck on Saturday, November 18 at 5 pm. Bring your dishes and your passion for women’s video art!

Online Screening 
November 3, 2017 – December 1, 2017

You can watch all nineteen videos for free from the comfort of your own home on 

Screenings across Canada
January – April 2018

Can’t get enough? Want to see the videos again? Or are you a MAWA member who lives beyond the province’s borders? The screening will be travelling to: VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver; PAVED Arts, Saskatoon; GIV, Montreal; and Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax. Watch for dates and times at .

Curator Kathy Rae Huffman has been active in the field of media art since the early 1980s. As chief curator of the Long Beach Museum of Art in California from 1979 to 1984, she established LBMA Video, a multimedia workshop and broadcast quality post-production facility for artists. She was curator/producer of the Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund, a partnership between the ICA Boston and the WBGH New Television Workshop, from 1984 to 1991, where she created a context for artists to define television as a medium for their personal expression. She is credited with helping establish video, new media, online art, interactive art, installation and performance art in the visual arts world.

Huffman is a freelance curator and writer. She has served as Associate Professor of Electronic Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York), Visual Arts Director of Cornerhouse (Manchester, UK) and Adjunct Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (Boston), among other appointments. In collaboration with Margarete Jahrmann, she created pop~TARTS, an interactive writing project for the Telepolis online journal. She co-moderates the woman-only mailing list FACES.