after birth, ephemerals
The Ephemerals, After Birth, 2017. Video still.

Screening of After Birth, 2017 by The Ephemerals with discussion moderated by Jenifer Papararo

November 23, 2017 – 7pm

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art presents a screening of After Birth by Indigenous feminist collective The Ephemerals, Jaimie Isaac, Niki Little, Jenny Western.

As part of the exhibition Entering the Landscape, Plug In ICA presents After Birth, an inter-generational journey to return to a ceremonial custom of burying the ‘after birth.’ Elder Mary Courchene narrates in Anishnaabegmowin the meaning of this gesture, to create a way of the good life for the next generation and to give back to the earth what was created in order to give life. Together these women and their kids walk the land and affirm their intergenerational knowledge and active presence in ancestral memories and matrilineal leadership. This new video work is just over five minutes long and will be followed by a moderated discussion concerning the artists’ process, collaboration, and the exhibition thematic of gendered bodies in the land.

The Ephemerals are a collective of Indigenous women, Jaimie Isaac, Niki Little and Jenny Western. They are interested in curatorial practice and creative based research in film and performance. The collective was established to function as an outlet to foster and motivate artistic production both within their individual practices as well as to engage collaborative projects that revolve around Indigenous contemporary art. Our focus is on Indigenous culture with a political and social context responding to contemporary issues. They draw inspiration from our combined curatorial multidisciplinary art practices, family and mixed cultural backgrounds. The collective’s projects are fueled by collaborative interventions and ephemeral affairs in order to push the boundaries of perceived Indigeneity. They have exhibited at 1C03, Winnipeg; ImageNATIVE, Toronto; the Art Gallery of the University of Manitoba, and Plug In ICA. Their work has been featured in an issue of Parameter Press, Winnipeg and were longlisted for the Sobey Art Awards.

This screening is part of the group exhibition Entering the Landscape(October 1 to December 31, 2017) 

Pia Arke • Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory  • Jaime Black • Lori Blondeau • A.K. Burns • The Ephemerals • Melissa General • Rebecca Horn • Katherine Hubbard • Maria Hupfield • Simone Jones •  Tau Lewis • Amy Malbeuf  • Meryl McMaster  •  Ana Mendieta • Natalie Purschwitz • Dominique Rey • Jamie Ross • Xaviera Simmons • Ming Wong • Alize Zorlutuna

Entering the Landscape is a contemplative group exhibition curated by Jenifer Papararo and Sarah Nesbitt featuring twenty-one artists from Canada, the USA, Denmark, and Berlin. Working in film and video, photography, sculpture, and performance these artists represent a breadth of politicized contemporary and iconic historical works that place the female or queer body in the landscape. Bringing together artworks that conceptually and aesthetically overlap, this exhibition identifies and considers a persistent motif in contemporary art.

All public programming is free and open to the public. Everyone welcome!

Guided tours | tournée guidée en français

Curatorial Tour with Jenifer Papararo | Saturday, December 09, 3pm

Plug In ICA extends our gratitude to our generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers. With special thanks to our Director’s Circle.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We thank the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their support of our 2016 and 2017 program, as well as Payworks and Wawanesa Insurance for the direct support of our youth programs.

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