Headshot of iris yirei hu
Image courtesy of the artist.

As part of Sovereign Intimacies:

weaver girl limns two rainbows | An Artist Talk by iris yirei hu

In conversation with Nasrin Himada and Jennifer Smith

Monday, November 16, 2020 | 7 pm CT

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Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art | 1, 460 Portage Ave | Winnipeg MB | Canada

We are pleased to invite you to tune in on Monday, November 16 at 7 pm CT for weaver girl limns two rainbows, an artist talk by iris yirei hu in conversation with curators Nasrin Himada and Jennifer Smith. Through iris’ work, they will talk about the ways in which collaborations and fostering space for transformative encounters within interpersonal, cross-cultural relationships manifest in the exhibition, and how we can look to the genuine and nurturing relationships in our daily lives for guidance in changing the way museums and art spaces operate. weaver girl limns two rainbows is presented in partnership with Gallery 1C03, with support from Video Pool Media Arts Centre as part of Sovereign Intimacies.

Register here to join us for the online talk.

iris yirei hu (b. 1991, Los Angeles, CA) is an artist who works in painting, fibers, writing, and assemblage. In her work, one may encounter materials, stories, living organisms, and ecologies from Taiwan, California, Southern China, Mexico, and the American Southwest. She is interested in how people, places, and things are interconnected and networked, and how collaboration in the form of learning from, working with, and being in relation to, can enable transformative futures and friendships. Her work has led her to form connections with historians, artists, scientists, keepers of traditions, and community organizers and stakeholders, and she centers learning and collaboration as methods of engagement. Her work is both research based and dependent on lived experience. hu has shown her work at the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), OxyArts at Occidental College, John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI), Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Women’s Center for Creative Work, Human Resources, Lenfest Center for the Arts (New York, NY), and Visitor Welcome Center. Public art commissions include mural wraps at California State University Dominguez Hills (2020) and bus and rail posters for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (2016). She has held residencies at the Women’s Center for Creative Work (2018), Carrizozo AIR (2020), and is currently in residence at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), where she will develop creative projects to reorient ourselves in the immediacy of the changing environment. Her work has been reviewed and featured in the LA Times, Artforum, Carla, CNN, Sinovision, KCET, X-TRA Online, and Artillery. She is working on her first book and is currently teaching Fine Arts at Otis College of Art and Design. She earned her BA from UCLA and MFA from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Sovereign Intimacies is a group exhibition co-curated by Nasrin Himada and Jennifer Smith, in partnership with Gallery 1C03, with support from Video Pool Media Arts Centre. The exhibition takes place at Plug In ICA from September 26 – December 20, 2020, with extensive programming that consists of online talks, workshops, screenings, and poetry readings. Sovereign Intimacies explores themes of cultural and community exchange between Indigenous artists and artists from the diaspora, more specifically artists who are First Nations, Inuit and Métis collaborating with artists living in what is currently called Canada who came to this land and are not part of the settler/colonial history of the country. The group show consists of pairings of artists, as well as individuals, whose work is based on process and relationship building, and for those whose work is invested in active conceptualization around topics of friendship and intimacy, who are working to build collective vision of a sovereign future.

Associated Programming
Sovereign Intimacies

Friday, October 30 | 6 pm CT
Revealing & Understanding Sacred Roles Through Our Own Process | An artist Talk by Cheyenne Thomas and David Thomas

November 5 – 18
Un/spoken | Video Screening curated by Mariana Muñoz Gomez and Marie-Anne Redhead
Presented in partnership with Video Pool Media Arts Centre
Screening will be viewable on VUCAVU

Monday, November 9 | 7 pm CT
Discussion with Un/spoken filmmakers moderated by Mariana Muñoz Gomez and Marie-Anne Redhead
Presented by Video Pool Media Arts and Gallery 1C03

Thursday, November 26 | 6 pm CT
Stitch-Kin | An Evening of Poetry with Poet, Filmmaker, and Textile Artist melannie monoceros

Thursday, December 3 | 6 pm CT
Making intimacy sovereign and sovereignty intimate | An Artist Talk by Wanda Nanibush

Wednesday, December 9 | 6 pm CT
Zong! unTelling the unTold, unDoing the unDone | Durational Reading with M. NourbeSe Philip

Performance with Peter Morin and Ayumi Goto featuring Nasrin Himada and Jennifer Smith

All public programming is free.


We are on Treaty 1 Territory. Plug In ICA is located on the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Plug In ICA extends our heartfelt gratitude to our generous donors, valued members, and dedicated volunteers. We acknowledge the sustaining support of our Director’s Circle. You all make a difference.

Our sincere thanks go out to Collective Broadcast Co. for coordinating all of our online events.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We could not operate without their continued financial investment and lobbying efforts.

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