Monday, July 27, 2015

Feminist Organizing! Feminist Art Conference (FAC) Sept. 2015.

FAC 2015 Conference link:
at OCAD University
Sept 23- 27 2015

Opening Sept 23 as satellite event to FAC at Artscape Youngplace

Making Feminism (In)Visible
Our interest is in the creative use, and transgressive potential of, non-institutional spaces, the spaces in between and outside of the conventional galleries or academic settings where women and feminism, as praxis in particular, leak out of the cracks and make a mark. We do not intend to define feminism per se but rather to map a presence - perhaps intangible and ill-defined but certainly energetic, active, and persistent - in culture and in society.independent yet interrelated exhibitions address these considerations in very different ways.

Women’s Poster Project: Feminist Organizing!
View the history of feminist organizing through historic posters which detail key cultural, social and political events in the women’s community. Curated by Paula Bourne & Frieda Forman.
CWSE with WIAprojects
Hallway Gallery
252  Bloor Street West, 2nd floor, Toronto
Sept 10, 2015 -April 30, 2016

Feminist Architectures
Adrienne Reynolds

Wall works by New York artist Adrienne Reynolds and Toronto-based ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee) explore imagery which defines how, and engages with, the limitations and potentials of feminist theoretical and architectural space. They articulate imagery through vectors of activity and/or, as bodies contained by/in structures. The work is critiqued and reframed by academic and cultural critic Dina Georgis. This critique (presented in the opening panel on Wednesday Sept 23) will stimulate discussion and affect how the work will be re-presented in future exhibitions.  

ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee)
ARTIFACTS with Miklos Legrady: Legrady document ARTIFACTS, interprets and extends its concepts and practice through photo, video, and web.

Artscape Youngplace
2nd floor Hallway Gallery
Opening Reception:  Wednesday Sept 23, 6.30 pm with Panel at 7 pm 
Exhibit Dates: Sept. 16 – 27

[insert feminism]

Curator: Julia Pereira
The online intersectional feminist movement frequented by young artists is filled with uplifting propaganda complete with pastel color palettes, sparkles, transparent backgrounds and pretty girls of all sizes and skin colors telling the people to “Fight like a girl” and “No does not mean convince me.” This differs from the more established theory based artworks that frequent galleries in that these art pieces are meant to cater to young people and make the complicated ideas of feminism easier to digest. The goal is to get people excited: about body positivity, different races, genders, sexualities and being kinder to yourself. It is about being inclusive and making people unafraid of the word feminist. When examining the artworks, you can easily see these underlying messages the artists have consciously put behind the pastel colors and sparkles.It’s important to recognize the things closest to the hearts of teenagers and young adults because it is sometimes the first kind of feminism young people experience, and they will be the critical thinkers that will dominate the discussion in the future. Insert Feminism is an online exhibit created by Julia Pereira and is designed to showcase this positive and supportive space for emerging feminist thinkers.
Opening as video: 
Artscape Youngplace
2nd floor Hallway Gallery
Opening Reception:  Wednesday Sept 23, 6.30 pm 
Exhibit Dates: Sept. 16 – 27

Also showing in the 1st floor Vitrines: 
Girls Art League presents "Gal Pals" an exhibition of small works of various mediums from the Girls Art League community.