Off-site location: 227 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB
On Tuesday, November 13th 2018, Plug In ICA will kick off its second iteration of the STAGES Speaker Series in anticipation of STAGES 2019. With its conception in 2017, STAGES set out to activate the City of Winnipeg with temporary public sculpture and performances by nine international and local artists. The speaker series became a means of initiating and connecting the artists with local audiences, and introducing visiting artists to Winnipeg.
Our first speaker in the 2019 STAGES Speakers Series is architect, builder, artist, and self-publisher Joar Nango. Nango’s work often parses out the division between design, architecture, and visual art and uses improvisation as method and process. Belonging to the indigenous peoples from Sápmi, the traditional territories of Sámi, improvisation is a cultural disposition for several communities like his, where the climate is merciless and resources are scarce. As such, Nango’s sculptural practice is stirred by chance, experimentation with localized raw materials, DIY aesthetics, and an in-tuned relationship to place. He creates actions and interventions; makeshift as well as permanent ones, that ultimately add up to our knowledge and connectedness to the environment we stand and thrive on.
A long proponent of printed matter and its political potential to mobilize larger social transformations, Nango along with collaborators have fulfilled publication projects including The Indigenuity Project, The Normadic Library and the self-published zine series Sámi Huksendáidda: the Fanzine. Nango has been part of a number of exhibition projects throughout Canada and elsewhere. Among which includes, the Ottawa Art Gallery, Vancouver’s Western Front, Gallery Deluxe in Halifax, and The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Norway and Sydhavn Station in Copenhagen, Denmark. He recently presented European Everything at Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel in 2017.
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are on Treaty One Territory, the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Métis, Cree, Dakota, Dene and Oji-Cree Nations.Stages Speaker Series and STAGES 2019 are supported by the Winnipeg Foundation.We thank Alt Hotel for their continued support of STAGES.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 https://plugin.org/support or by contacting Angela Forget: firstname.lastname@example.orgFor more information on this and our other education programs, contact Luther Konadu at email@example.com. For general information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.204.942.1043
Image: Joar Nango, European Everything, 2017. Neue Neue Galerie, documenta 14, Kassel. Photo: Mário Martins