MAWA 30th Anniversary beaver logo by Mike Carrol. Illustrations by Erin Josephson-Laidlaw
Who Counts? A Feminist Art Throwdown Symposium
Free! No need to register … just show up! Everyone is welcome!
Symposium about art, feminism and artist-run culture: Friday, October 3 – Sunday, October 5, 2014
Lectures, debates and exhibitions will bring together feminists, artists and representatives from artist-run centres across Canada to discuss feminist art in Canada now. There are so many things we need to talk about! Has gender equality in the visual arts been achieved? Why not? How have images by women evolved? Images of women? Is the male gaze still omnipresent? Is there a corresponding female gaze? What is the impact on art of a shifting object/subject position? How does the visual representation of women reflect (and construct) the position of women in society? Has feminist art been co-opted into old structures of race and class hierarchies? How have different cultural perspectives shifted first-world, white feminism and artmaking generally? What is the relationship between neo-liberalism, feminism and the art object? And more! This symposium is in partnership with the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA).
Symposium Event Schedule:
Friday, October 3
noon-1pm at Cinematheque (NEW VENUE!)
On Knowing When to Shut Up and Listen, an intergenerational First Friday lecture about the future of feminist art by Stephanie Poruchnyk-Butler and Sigrid Dahle. See p. 2 for details.
All Winnipeg galleries open and exhibiting Manitoba and Indigenous women’s artwork in recognition of MAWA’s 30th birthday and contribution to the community. Join MAWA for the closing reception for our members’ showcase, The Power of 30, coordinated by curator Jennifer Smith. Jump on the free party bus that will roam between exhibitions.
Saturday, October 4
All Winnipeg galleries open and exhibiting Manitoba and Indigenous women’s artwork.
“What Is Feminist Art?” — panelists duke it out, presenting examples of artworks they believe are feminist, artworks they believe are not, and why. Featuring down-and-dirty Sharlene Bamboat (Toronto), keepin’-it-Riel Cathy Mattes (Brandon) and lay-it-on-the-line Joan Borsa (Saskatoon), refereed by Dominique Rey (Winnipeg). The Garrick Theatre, 330 Garry St. Free!
“Is Art Gendered?” — an Oxford-style debate pitting two teams of opinionated art divas: Amy Fung (Vancouver), Seema Goel (Winnipeg), Kristin Nelson (Winnipeg) and Praba Pilar (Winnipeg), refereed by Diana Thorneycroft (Winnipeg). The Garrick Theatre. Free!
The Throwdown Hoedown! Winnipeg arts administrators go head-to-head, DJ-ing all-women’s dance music assisted by DJ Mawa Cutsworth. The Marlborough Hotel, 331 Smith St. $10.
Sunday, October 5
The Wendy Wersch Memorial Lecture: Possibility: Art, Community and Changing the World by Sheila Spence at the University of Manitoba School of Art’s new ARTlab. Free!
Reception for They Made A Day Be A Day Here curated by Amy Fung at the University of Manitoba School of Art Gallery.
Sigrid Dahle, a recent graduate of the University of Manitoba MFA program, is a Winnipeg-based artist-curator and art writer. She has been thinking, conversing, reading, writing, researching, mentoring, speaking, listening, teaching, learning and making exhibitions for over 25 years. Currently Dahle is developing a multi-component project for the Manitoba Craft Council that interprets ceramics as a discourse. She clearly remembers a time before MAWA was born.
Stephanie Poruchnyk-Butler is a printmaker, writer and zinester princess from Winnipeg. She is the creator of many local zines including Glitter Zine, Trash Divas and 2kdreams. Poruchnyk-Butler is a founding member of Winnipeg’s own feminist arts collective, Sappho Zine Collective, and is excited about encouraging people to make art and share their work.
Seema Goel is an artist, writer and craftivist. She draws on her dual background in arts and sciences to focus on the relationship between humans and the natural world, often highlighting contradictions within this relationship and noting the ways in which nature is used to advance human thinking. An eclectic range of materials from wool to projections on buildings allows her to combine high and low tech to engage her viewers through touch, humour and play.
Photo by Kira Koop
Kristin Nelson received her BFA in Visual Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2003 and is currently pursuing her MFA at Concordia University in Material Practices and Fibres. She is inspired by questions of community, gender, politics and place and looks to challenge stereotypes of community through her artistic practice, valorizing those often made invisible.
Kristin has been hired in partnership with Arts and Disability Network Manitoba. The mentorship has provided spots for two female artists with disabilities to participate. The focus on this new partnership is to provide training, networking and support for women artist living with disabilities who have fewer accessible, professional and affordable training opportunities.
Praba Pilar is a Colombian multi-disciplinary artist, technologist and cultural theorist exploring aspects of emerging technologies which generate globalized forms of economic and ecological crisis. She has spent the last decade and a half presenting counternarrative performances, street theatre, interactive installations, digital artworks, writing and websites. Her wildly diverse work has been presented nationally and internationally at museums, galleries, universities, performance festivals and conferences, and on public streets and radio airwaves. She has been written about in numerous publications, and honoured with multiple awards. Pilar has a PhD in Performance Studies from the University of California, Davis, and can be visited online at prabapilar.com.