Artist Talk with Dominique Rey, October 27, 2016
Dominique Rey is a multidisciplinary artist based in Winnipeg, Canada. She holds a BFA from the School of Art, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg; an MFA in photography from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; and an MFA in new media from the Transart Institute, Donau University Krems, Berlin. Rey’s solo exhibitions include Under the Rose Arch, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie;Erlking, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta; and Selling Venus/Vénus au mirror at Gallery TPW, Toronto; Alternator Gallery, Kelowna; Plug In ICA, Winnipeg; Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario; and Le Centre d’art et de diffusion Clark, Montreal. Her work has also been included in Material Girls, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Scarborough and the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina; Material Self: Performing the Other Within, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; MAWA: Celebrating 30 years of Women’s Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg; and Attitudes in Latitudes – The Northern Wild explores the Tropics, Art Center/South Florida, Miami Beach. Her art appears in numerous collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Province of Manitoba, and the Wedge Collection. Rey is the recipient of various awards and honours, most recently the Canada Council for the Arts International Artist Residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. In addition to her art practice, Rey is an assistant professor in the School of Art at the University of Manitoba.
Plug In ICA gratefully acknowledges 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 Investors Group and Wawanesa Insurance for the direct support of our youth programs. We extend gratitude to our generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers.
Curation as Agency, Transformation and Guardianship | Curator talk with Michelle LaVallee, July 28, 2016
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is honoured to co-present a talk with Michelle LaVallee with Wood Land School. An accomplished artist, curator and educator, LaVallee is the Curator at the Mackenzie Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan. Activating and developing greater understanding of misrepresented or marginalized histories is of personal and political import for LaVallee whose critical thought is influenced from her experience working with Indigenous peoples in Canada, El Salvador, Australia and Aotearoa (New Zealand).
LaVallee will speak about her research-oriented artistic and curatorial work as part of Wood Land School: Thunderbird Woman, this year’s iteration of Plug In ICA’s Summer Institute. WLS takes up the powerful imagery of Daphne Odjig’s Thunderbird Woman (1973) as a conceptual point of departure that articulates Indigenous agency, the roles of guardianship and protection, and the notion of transformation. Artist Duane Linklater and curator Jaimie Isaac lead a group of participants through a series of texts, ﬁlms, ﬁeld trips and studio time for three weeks in the city of Winnipeg. Other associated events included a talk and discussion by curator Cathy Mattas and screening of a film by Darryl Nipenak, and will include an artist and curator talk by Julie Nagam, as well as open studios and a wrap party on August 5, 2016.
LaVallee is an artist, curator and educator. She is of Ojibway ancestry, and a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Band, Cape Croker, Ontario. In 2011, she was sent to the Venice Biennale with the Canadian Aboriginal Curators Delegation; the 2010 and 2008 Biennale of Sydney and in 2006, she received the 2006 Canada Council for the Arts Assistance to Aboriginal Curators Grant for Residencies in the Visual Arts. As an artist, LaVallee uses a variety of media, provoking the expectations of stereotypical imagery and so-called traditional media. Her work has been shown in a range of international exhibitions including: Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City; Combine, part of “Love, Saskatchewan” at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto; Flatlanders: Saskatchewan Artists on the Horizon at the Mendel in Saskatoon; and in Myths of the Land with members of the Canadian Group of Seven and their contemporaries, Norval Morrisseau and Ron Noganosh, at the Ottawa Art Gallery.
Plug In ICA gratefully acknowledges 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, and we extend gratitude to The Winnipeg Foundation and all our generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers.
Curating as Kitchen Table Talk: Curator talk with Cathy Mattes, July 21, 2016
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is honoured to co-present a talk by Cathy Mattes with the Wood Land School. As an internationally distinguished curator Mattes is known for her curatorial strategies that emphasize audience participation and direct engagement. As an educator at the University of Brandon, Mattes makes connections between politics and art with the understanding that artists can enact social change. Drawing attention to marginalized art histories, Mattes contributes essential labor towards shifting dominant narratives in the presentation of contemporary art and curatorial practices.
Mattes will speak about her curatorial practice as part of Wood Land School: Thunderbird Woman, this year’s iteration of Plug In ICA’s Summer Institute. WLS takes up the powerful imagery of Daphne Odjig’s Thunderbird Woman (1973) as a conceptual point of departure that articulates Indigenous agency, the roles of guardianship and protection, and the notion of transformation. Artist Duane Linklater and curator Jaimie Isaac lead a group of participants through a series of texts, ﬁlms, ﬁeld trips and studio time for three weeks in the city of Winnipeg.
The Wood Land School: Thunderbird Woman opens its doors to the public on July 21stwith a curator talk by Cathy Mattes from 10am-12pm. That evening, Plug In will host “Patio Lanterns,” our summer party and joint opening reception for The State and Wood Land School. On July 28, artist and curator Michelle LaVallee will speak from 10am-12pm, and on Friday August 5th, join us for open studios and a wrap party, details to be confirmed.
Cathy Mattes is a proud Michif writer and curator based in rural Southwestern Manitoba. Her practice focuses on the intersection of Indigenous issues and art, with an emphasis on community, which she sees as a complicated concept, to be explored, questioned and located. Interested in creating better conditions for Indigenous cultural workers, Mattes has served on the board for the Urban Shaman Gallery, and collaborated with Indigenous cultural workers in Australia and Venice. Her curatorial projects includeFrontrunners, Urban Shaman Gallery and Plug In ICA; Blanche: KC Adams & Jonathan Jones, Chalkhorse Gallery, Sydney Australia; Rockstars & Wannabes, Urban Shaman Gallery, and Transcendence – KC Adams, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. She has lectured nationally and internationally, and in 2010 she was selected as a delegate on the Canada Council for the Arts’ Aboriginal Curators Delegation to New Zealand and Australia. In addition to her freelance work, Mattes was the curator at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba between 2003 and 2005, and has been a consultant for various government agencies and arts organizations. She is an Assistant Professor teaching art history at Brandon University in the Visual and Aboriginal Arts Department, and is pursuing her PhD at the University of Manitoba in Native Studies.
Wood Land School participant-subsidies generously supported by an annonymous donor. Plug In ICA gratefully acknowledges 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, and we extend gratitude to The Winnipeg Foundation and all our generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers.
Art and its Publics in 'Post-Conflict' Northern Ireland | Curator Talk by Daniel Jewesbury, July 19th
Art and Its Publics in ‘Post-Conflict’ Northern Ireland, presented by critic, curator and filmmaker Daniel Jewesbury was offered at Plug In ICA in April 2016, and again in July, 2016, as part of the Wood Land School: Thunderbird Woman, Summer Institute, lead by Duane Linklater, and Jaimie Isaac. This recording was taken in the context of the Wood Land School.
Art and Its Publics in ‘Post-Conflict’ Northern Ireland, a researched look at the role art has been expected to play in a city rebuilding itself after years of unrest. He will begin by looking at the term ‘post conflict’ - what it demarcates and signifies when defining a city like Belfast.
Over twenty years, after the peace process in Northern Ireland began, shifting perceptions of public space and what determines the public sphere have formed. Using these basic re-definitions and understandings, Jewesbury will problematise generalized assumptions about the nature of peace-building and social redevelopment, particularly in Belfast. Within these constructs art has been expected to perform a generative role in a redeveloping city, with imposed social, political and economic functions that have often undermined its efficacy and integrity. Jewesbury will focus on alternative artistic approaches to the problems of using, inhabiting and constructing social, public space in the perpetually-regenerating city.
Daniel Jewesbury is an artist, writer, editor and curator. He lectures in Film Studies at the University of Ulster and is himself an experimental filmmaker. Daniel is the curator of the 2016 TULCA Visual Arts Festival in Galway, Ireland. He’s also a researcher of Irish visual and material culture: current studies include explorations of relics of the Easter Rising in 1916; the uses and abuses of public art; and the history of Belfast’s first public artists, the Victorian builders and sculptors known as the Fitzpatrick Brothers. Daniel is currently working on a study of Belfast itself, to be published in early 2017.
Plug In ICA gratefully acknowledges 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, and we extend gratitude to our generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers.
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Native North America
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art was pleased to present Native North America, a special event that brought forward an underrepresented but key and complex aspect of Canadian cultural heritage. This evening of performance, discussion and ﬁlm featured legendary musician Shingoose (Curtis Jones), David McLeod from NCI FM, - The Spirit of Manitoba, and Vancouver-based music historian and producer Kevin “Sipreano” Howes.
NNA V1 is a music compilation of Aboriginal folk, rock and country from 1966-1985 produced by Kevin “Sipreano” Howes and released in late 2014 by Light in The Attic Records. This event expanded on the historical context outlined in this important compilation through conversation, audio, and ﬁlms from this decisive era. Local musician Shingoose will perform as well as participate in a public discussion with David McLeod. Two National Film Board documentaries will be screened: The Paradox of Norval Morrisseau, on the artwork and life of Norval Morrisseau, and The Other Side of the Ledger, a critical examination of the Hudson Bay’s treatment of Aboriginal peoples. Kevin “Sipreano” Howes will be present to introduce the evening as well as to play music from the compilation.
A Full Head of STEAMM featuring Mrs. Trixie Cane LIVE! | A Respondent Talk by T.L. Cowan
Plug In ICA, in partnership with The Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Winnipeg was pleased to present “A Full Head of STEAMM- Feminist Interventions in Science Technology Engineering Arts Math and Media - Featuring Mrs. Trixie Cane LIVE!” Trixie is the alter ego of artist and academic T.L. Cowan, who has been invited by Plug In ICA and IWGS to respond to the exhibition Mother of This Domain by Aleksandra Domanović.
T.L. Cowan’s research-creation works focus on feminist and queer sensibilities and politics, especially in the contexts of media and performance. Her practice includes persona-based performances, in which she inhabits different characters and identiﬁes. Cowan is also Chair of Experimental Pedagogies in the School of Media Studies at The New School University.
Cowan is a writer, performer, video-maker, curator and professor based in Brooklyn, NY. Her ongoing performance and video cycles include The Twisted She Project - an inter-medial collaborative collage about perversion, popularity and pathology; the GLITTERfesto: An Open Call For A Revolutionary Movement Of Activist Performance Based On The Premise That Social Justice is Fabulous; and Forgiving Medjugorje - a meditation on sex, religion, reconciliation and money. Her 2013 video and performance I Disown You Right Back, starring her alter ego, Mrs. Trixie Cane, has thrilled audiences internationally. Since getting her start in Vancouver’s raging spoken word scene in the 1990s, T.L.’s work has been featured at MIX NYC, the Opentoe Peepshow, Belladonna*, Sister Spit’s Spoken Word Circus, Montreal’s Edgy Women Festival, Edmonton’s Visualeyez Festival of Performance & Time-Based Art, Loud & Queer, Next Fest, Performance Studies International, Toronto’s Festival of Original Theatre, and the Glastonbury Festival of Music & Contemporary Art.
Plug In ICA thankfully acknowledges the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg for this co-presentation.