Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art invites you to the

OFF-SITE launch party for:
STAGES biennial 2019


Friday, August 16, 2019 | 7-11pm

*Offsite location: Fort Gilbrator, Maison Chaboillez
(866 Rue Saint Joseph), Winnipeg*


STAGES biennial 2019

August 16- September 8, 2019

A temporary public art exhibition of installation, sculpture and performance through out Winnipeg

Featured Artists:


Curated by Jenifer Papararo


Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art launched our second STAGES biennial. Friday, August 16 was the opening celebration at Maison Chaboillez in Whittier Park at 866 St. Joseph St. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The launch party was located at Joar Nango’s site and project at Whittier Park just east of Fort Gibraltar, for which the artist built a provisional sculptural and architectural installation, using elements of the dismantled and rotting former doors of the remodelled historic Fort Gibraltar. The installation and launch also marked the end of Indigenous Architectures, our second Summer Institute of 2019 led by Nango.

The evening included a campfire; access to printed programs with maps, which included project descriptions and schedules; STAGES merch table; the launch of Stagelessness, a new co-publication between Plug In Editions and Fillip; and a beer garden. Entry was free and all were welcome.

This is the second iteration of the STAGES biennial presented by Plug In ICA. This year’s exhibition built on the previous edition in its presentation of temporary public sculpture, installation and performances throughout Winnipeg, but 2019 had an expanded range and included the remounting of an historic artwork. The biennial commissioned seven artworks that took place across the city and its outskirts in abandoned industrial sites, apartment buildings, malls, municipal parks and parking lots.


Image caption (top left to bottom right): Raymond Boisjoly, An artwork in five parts, detail of sketch, 2019; FASTWÜRMS, sketch for #witch_raku_skull_fire performance; Daniel Buren, LIMITED TIME ONLY! in situ, 1981, as part of the exhibition Apartment Number presented by A Space, Toronto; Detail of Joar Nango installation location; Kenneth Lavallee, Detail of drawing for Skywalkers, 2019, digital; Silke Otto-Knapp, Stage (after Kurt Schwitters), 2017; Watercolour on canvas(detail); Detail of Andrea Roberts installation location.


For details on each artist’s project including maps and event notifications, please download the Plug In ICA App, available for iphone and android. Search “Plug In ICA” in the App store. All information also available on our website:

STAGES 2019 was generously supported by:
Presenting Sponsor | The Winnipeg Foundation
Featured Artist Sponsor | Michael Nesbitt
Major Sponsors | Daniel Friedman & Rob Dalgliesh; James & Leney Richardson
Engaging Sponsors |Susan Glass & Arni Thorsteinson; DIALOG design; BLDG architecture office inc
Supporting Sponsors | The French Embassy; Toronto; Downtown Biz
Contributing Sponsors | Gary Ursell; Assiniboine Credit Union; KPMG LLP

STAGES would not be possible with our: Community Partners: the Alt Hotel; Alliance Francaise; Festival de Voyageur; Lewyc ICA, Martha Street Studio; Shelter Canadian Properties LTD; Studio 393; Leon A Brown Ltd; Trotzdem Inc; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Winnipeg Tourism and X-cues.



Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are in the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations. Plug In ICA is situated in Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of Anishinaabe peoples. Treaty 1, was signed in 1871, taking this territory from seven local Anishinaabe First Nations in order to make the land available for settler use and ownership. (referenced from the University of Winnipeg)

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.

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.

Plug In ICA relies on community support to remain free and accessible to all, and enable us to continue to present excellent programs. Please consider becoming a member of Plug In ICA and a donor at or by contacting Angela Forget:

For more information on this program and STAGES biennial, contact Rachael Thorleifson at For general information, please contact: or call 1.204.942.1043