Video Pool Media Arts Centre announces Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009)

Still from Isolating Landscapes by Heidi Phillips

Still from Isolating Landscapes by Heidi Phillips

Isolated Landscapes:

Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009)

November 3 to December 1, 2017

Video Pool Media Arts Centre announces the exhibition Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009), curated by Kathy Rae Huffman. In development for over a year, the project will have four components: A physical Exhibition; an online exhibition; a series of public Gatherings; and a touring screening series in 2018.

Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009) is a major exhibition of the history of video art by women who live and work in the central Canadian region, or who have been informed by years of residing in (or growing up in) the region. The nineteen works in the exhibition (by twenty-one artists) were produced between 1984 -2009 and play a prominent role in the history of Winnipeg’s legendary Video Pool Media Arts Centre. The project represents pioneering, early video art production by women artists working in various genres, reveals their ability to utilize the available technology of the time, and many works respond to the region’s isolation and starkness, revealed in geographical, cultural and personal landscapes.  

All the works are held in the archives of Video Pool Media Arts Centre, many had early support from the organization, and demonstrates the many regional partnerships and mutual support of artists and agencies in the region.  

Video Artists are:  

Sharon Alward , Thirza Jean Cuthand, Shawna Dempsey, Nida Home Doherty, Elvira Finnigan, Wendy Geller, Garland Lam, Erika MacPherson, Maureen Medved, Divya Mehra, Lorri Millan, Hope Peterson, Heidi Phillips, Dominique Rey, Nicole Shimonek, Jennifer Stillwell, Reva Stone, Leslie Supnet, Sheila Urbanoski, and Lori Weidenhammer

In recognition of the role performance has played in the development of feminist video, Isolated Landscapes will include performances by:

Ming Hon; The Ephemerals: Jaimie Isaac, Niki Little and Jenny Western;  Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan; and Freya Björg Olafson.

The exhibition portion of Isolated Landscapes will be on view 3 November to 1 December, 2017 at Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, Winnipeg.

A digital exhibition will be available for free at VUCAVU.com 3 November to 3 December 2017, after which it will be available for online purchase.

A weekend of Video, Performances, and The Gathering, will take place November 17-19 in Winnipeg at the Poolside Gallery, MAWA and Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts. The Gathering will be comprised of presentations selected from an open call, and will enhance the weekend with essential discussions about the future of video in a ‘post gender’, non-binary, technically enhanced world.  Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2017.   See the attached Call for Participation, also available online at:  videopool.org  (CLICK HERE FOR THE SCHEDULE)

Four screenings will be held in early 2018: In Vancouver at VIVO Media Art Centre, Saskatoon at PAVED Arts, Montreal at Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV) and Halifax at the Centre for Art Tapes (CFAT).

Isolated Landscapes has been developed with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and with our partners, Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, Mentoring Arts for Women Artists (MAWA) and VUCAVU.com.

Additional biographical information, photos and texts are available from Video Pool Media Arts Centre.  

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