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STAGES Speaker Series 2023 | Artist Talk with Paul Zacharias | Saturday, February 25th • 6pm

Plug In ICA is excited to announce our next STAGES Speaker Series event, an artist talk with Paul Zacharias.

In the run-up to the summer exhibitions, we will be conducting a succession of talks as part of the STAGES Speaker Series. Each artist will share their practice with the Winnipeg public in a formal presentation. Throughout the winter, as part of their research, all visiting artists will get the chance to tour and visit various sites across the city to become acquainted with local culture and history ahead of their summer project.

Please join us for Paul Zacharias’s talk.

When: Saturday, February 25th, 2023 | 6 pm

Where: Yellow Dog Tavern, 386 Donald St.

The Yellow Dog Tavern is graciously keeping their kitchen and bar open during the talk. We would like to extend our thanks to them for hosting.

Paul Zacharias received his BFA at the University of Manitoba in 1999. He has exhibited his work across Canada and internationally. He has worked for 20 years in film as a Scenic Artist on more than fifty films working in Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan. From 2014 to 2019 Zacharias was owner and director of LANTERN, a successful contemporary art gallery in Winnipeg. In 2019 he closed the gallery to focus solely on his art practice.

“While I was directing LANTERN we ran across clients who desired large, macho, expensive looking artworks. The smart subtle prairie artists we carried were too quiet for them. They want- ed big price tags and exotic international validation. As a commercial gallery owner one can’t help but think about wealth; what it wants, where it might be heading and where it came from. As time went by a reactionary series of works formed in my head. It began with the desire to create art that checks all those boxes. I even toyed with the idea of creating a fake artistic identity and a body of work to sell to these guys. Ethical issues and time constraints kept that idea in dreamland. In the end I closed the gallery but the fake artist haunted me, and I set about making these works in earnest.”

Zacharias’s most recent artworks are about desire, violence, wealth, machismo, and challenging colonial historical narratives.


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 National homeland of the Red River Métis. Our water is sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First 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.

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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