Material Self: Performing the Other Within
Artists: David Favrod, Charles Fréger, Hendrik Kerstens, Namsa Leuba, Meryl McMaster, Dominique Rey, Tomoko Sawada, Mary Sibande
Curated by David Liss and Bonnie Rubenstein
May 1 to June 1, 2014
Opening: May 2, 7 pm
Shaped by ancestry, society, and history, material belongings and body embellishments have always served to communicate an individual’s sense of self; clothing and possessions are the fundamental elements through which self-image is expressed. As an outward expression of one’s inner most sensibilities and subjectivities, people perform their identities and position themselves in relation to the world around them. Influencing how the self is represented and seen, photography plays a significant role in the social and cultural construction of identity.
Material Self: Performing the Other Within brings together photo-based works by eight artists from the four corners of the world, all of whom explore the potential of clothing, costume, uniform, and props to communicate character and to draw a bridge across distances. They fuse cultures, traditions, and customs, linking the past to the present through performative gestures that reveal breakdowns in cultural boundaries and the cross-pollination of identities. While many of them reflect upon their heritage, rituals, and the country in which they live, some seek to examine distant mythologies and internal experiences. Each of the artists make use of materials, props, and associated iconographies and signifiers to articulate shifting identities, while challenging stereotypes and fixed expectations. They bring light to the other within, an entity of the self that emerges from their images.
Flare December 2013 Issue
Interview by Nadja Sayej
Photography by Cory Aronec
November 29, 2013 - January 27, 2014
Strangers to Ourselves presented in a solo exhibition at Langage Plus
June 1 - 29, 2013
1445 Dundas St. W., Toronto
For more information visit MKG127
Thursday May 30th at 7:00 pm
122 - 401 Richmond St. West, Toronto
For more information visit WARC Gallery
May 17 - August 9 2013
Please Stare is a unique public art project presented by Neutral Ground and Soil Digital Media Suite.
Throughout Regina and Saskatoon silent video art has been surreptitiously planted amongst digital billboards. Following the same format as—and placed amongst—other advertisements, these videos comment on the nature of advertisement and public visual space. The Artists in Please Stare draw parallels between adculture and artistic production by playfully adopting and critiquing the psychosocial aesthetics of the ad.
Featuring seven of Canada’s most engaging video artists:
Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins
Curated by John G. Hampton
April 29 to June 14, 2013
Artists: Claude Cahun, Colin Campbell, Miss Lyndsay Ladobruk, Dominique Rey, Janet Werner
Curator: Mary Reid
For more information visit the School of Art Gallery
This group exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the WAG includes the work of: KC Adams, Daniel Barrow, Paul Butler, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, Michael Dudeck, Marcel Dzama, Sarah Anne Johnson, Rodney LaTourelle, Guy Maddin, Kent Monkman, Dominique Rey, and Jennifer Stillwell.
Curators: Meeka Walsh and Robert Enright
For more information visit the Winnipeg Art Gallery