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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: 1. An exhibition; 2. An online exhibition; 3. A series of public Gatherings; and 4. A touring screening series in 2018.

Curated by Kathy Rae Huffman, Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women is a major exhibition of the history of video art by women who live and work in the central Canadian region or who were 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 and reveals their ability to utilize the available technology of the time in response to the region’s perceived isolation and starkness, reflected in geographical, cultural and personal landscapes.

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

ARTISTS:
Sharon Alward , Thirza 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, Colleen Simard, Jennifer Stillwell, Reva Stone, Leslie Supnet, Sheila Urbanoski, and Lori Weidenhammer

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

Opening reception: Part One, November 3, 7pm (videos made 1984-1999) | Part Two November 19, 5pm (videos made 2000-2009)

Exhibition: November 3 to December 1, 2017 at Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, Winnipeg.

Not in Winnipeg:
watch the online exhibition November 3 to December 3, 2017 on VUCAVU.com

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The Gathering: A weekend of performance, discussion and video: November 17 to 19, 2017

Five screenings will be held in early 2018: Vancouver at VIVO Media Art Centre, Saskatoon at PAVED Arts, Regina at the Dunlop Gallery, Montréal at Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV) and Halifax at the Centre for Art Tapes (CFAT).


Program and Media contact:
Jennifer Smith
Assistant Curator: Isolated Landscapes
vpdist@videopool.org
+1 204 949 9134 x.4


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