My Winnipeg: There’s No Place Like Home opening reception
September 7, 2012 – 7pm to 11pm
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art presents the opening reception of the My Winnipeg project on Friday, September 7 at 7:00 pm.
My Winnipeg, organized by Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art with multiple institutional partners, is an exhibition project presenting artwork by more than 70 artists, who have worked, lived or had an association with the city of Winnipeg. As a psycho-geographic territory that includes the birthplace of the Métis nation and the province’s forefather Louis Riel, the 1919 General Strike, the childhood home of Neil Young and of Marshall McLuhan, and the original headquarters for Harlequin Romance novels – “Winnipeg” nevertheless resists idealization as it is by equal turns the coldest big city on the planet and plagued by ﬂoods, ﬁres, racism, and child poverty. My Winnipeg, taking its name from Guy Maddin’s award-winning ﬁlm, forms subjective impressions of this mid-sized prairie capitol – versions of Winnipeg that mingle truth with ﬁction, history and speculation. The exhibition playfully asserts a singular, but multi-faceted vision of Winnipeg through contemporary art and reference to ephemeral, archival, and historical materials. My Winnipeg depicts the city as a mytho-poetic territory of reverie, catastrophe, carnal desire, and (sub) conscious inspiration.
The exhibition will be presented in four consecutive “chapters”, coalescing as the My Winnipeg Project, following a successful tour of France where more than 35,000 viewers witnessed the incarnation of the project.
Make sure to check Plug In ICA’s website for additional programing, events, and talks during the run of My Winnipeg (September through March, 2013).
Plug In ICA gratefully acknowledges Chapter Sponsor Michael F.B. Nesbitt, and Exhibition Sponsor Cambrian Credit Union.