Broad Topics 06: An Intuitive List – Curated by Lauren Fournier & Daniella Sanader

LOMAA’s Broad Topics is excited to continue this series on femme-spectrum Canadian media artists with the screening titled An Intuitive List curated by Lauren Fournier and Daniella Sanader, both currently based in Toronto. With a focus on feminist reading in contemporary video art, this program brings together compelling artists from across Canada. Some artists from the program will be in attendance and will participate in a Q&A with the curators after the screening.

Friday December 7, 2018 | London Fringe Theatre – 207 King Street
Doors Open at 7:00pm
Screening and Q&A | 7:30-9:30pm
Admission by Donation (suggestion of $3-$5 but no one is turned away!)

Curated by Lauren Fournier and Daniella Sanader, this screening attunes to practices of reading in video art works by Indigenous and Canadian women and femme-spectrum media artists. Whether it is running your fingers along something, following an errant thought, finding patterns, tracing the shape of an idea, reading between the lines, or repetition until the loss of meaning, these works offer different ways of understanding what it means to read. Presented as part of LOMAA’s Broad Topics: a matrilineage of media, these works emphasize feminist and queer-centred ways of engaging with language, citation, and note-taking alongside modes of reading that access more divinatory, non-linguistic, sculptural, and speculative registers. A wooden hand, a picturesque beach, a tangled wig; these works prompt an expansive view of what can be considered reading, and what can be legible as a text. The title “An Intuitive List” is both a winking, reflexive nod to the curatorial process of assembling works for a screening or exhibition, and a gesture to list-making as a meaningful affective, embodied, and aesthetic form.

An Intuitive List

Kim KielhofnerTHIRD READING, 2017, 10:58, colour
Calla Durose-Moyaseance, 2017, 16:46, colour
Alize Zorlutunabecoming oblique of the world, 2015, 4:50, colour
Zinnia NaqviSeaview, 2014, 11:55, colour
Annie MacDonellThe Fortune Teller, 2015, 16:00, colour
Nicole Kelly Westmanif you weren’t there, 2017, 8:46, colour
Christine NegusFROZEN GIANTS, 2013, 02:25, colour

Running time: approx. 71 mins
Image Credit: Kim Kielhofner, THIRD READING, 10:58

Lauren Fournier is a writer, curator, and artist from Treaty 4 lands (Regina) who is currently based in Toronto. She holds a SSHRC-funded PhD in English literature from York University where she wrote a multidisciplinary history of “autotheory” as a post-1960s mode of feminist practice across media. She is currently the editorial resident at Canadian Art. Her research takes the form of publications, exhibitions, artists’ books, video, installations, and collaboration.

Daniella Sanader is a writer and reader living in Toronto, Ontario. She holds a SSHRC-funded MA in Art History and Gender and Feminist Studies from McGill University. Her reviews, essays, speculations, and oblique texts have been commissioned by a variety of publications, galleries, and artist-run spaces across Canada. She currently works as the Program and Publications Coordinator at Gallery TPW, an artist-run centre in Toronto.

Calla Durose-Moya is an emerging video artist practicing in performance and hybrid media and currently living and working in Toronto, Ontario. Through using “obsolete” mediums such as Hi8 and MiniDV, she explores the (im)possibilities of her identity, and the understanding that being queer, racialized, disabled, and a woman systematically impacts the way she is seen or ‘read’. Her work is heavily influenced by early Canadian video art, finding inspiration through the aspects of personal identity and underlying political narrative found in much of this work. By predominantly using scripts in her work, she is interested in the interplay between text, language, and its foundations in personal vs. political dichotomies. Calla holds a BA in Cultural Studies from Trent University. Her work has been shown worldwide, including the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany; Artspace, Peterborough; and Vtape, Toronto. She was also nominated for the Peterborough Arts Awards’ Emerging Artist in 2017.

Kim Kielhofner is an artist living and working in Montreal. She works in video, drawing, and collage. Her work is marked by an interest in layered narrative, cinema, and literature. She holds a Master’s of Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London, UK) and a Bachelor degree from Concordia University (Montreal, QC). Her work has been shown in numerous international festivals and she has participated in residencies in Vienna, Beijing, Wales, Gatineau, and Hamburg. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Vox, centre d’art contemporain (Montreal, 2015), Sporobole (Sherbrooke, 2017), LUX (London, 2017), and Dazibao (Montreal, 2017). She won the Hnatyshyn Foundation Charles Patcher Prize (for emerging artists) in 2013.

Annie MacDonell is a visual artist working across several mediums. Her practice begins from photography and the photographic impulse to frame and capture, but her output includes film, installation, sculpture, performance and writing. Her work questions the function and circulation of images in the 21st century. She received a BFA from Ryerson University in 2000, followed by graduate studies at Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, in France. Recent performances have been presented at Nuit Blanche Toronto, le Centre Pompidou and the Toronto International Film Festival. Recent solo shows have been held at the AGO, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mulherin New York, and Mercer Union Gallery. She has participated in group exhibitions at la Bibliothèque National in Paris, The Power Plant, MOCA Cleveland, and the Daegu Photo Biennale. In 2012 she was short-listed for the AGO AMIA prize for photography, and she has been long-listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2012, 2015 and 2016. She is a founding member of EMILIA-AMALIA, a feminist research and writing group. She teaches at Ryerson University and lives in Toronto with her family.

Zinnia Naqvi is a visual artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto and Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Her work uses a combination of photography, video, writings, archival footage and installation. Naqvi’s practice questions the relationship between authenticity and narrative while dealing with larger themes of post-colonialism, cultural translation, language, and gender. Her works often invite the viewer to question her process and working methods. Naqvi’s works have been shown across Canada and internationally. She recently received an honorable mention at the 2017 Karachi Biennale in Pakistan and was an Artist in Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of EMILIA-AMALIA Working Group. She has a BFA in Photography Studies from Ryerson University and is currently an MFA Candidate in Studio Arts at Concordia University.

Christine Negus is a multidisciplinary artist and writer who received the National Film Board of Canada’s Best Emerging Canadian Video/Filmmaker award through Images Festival in 2008. Negus obtained her MFA in 2010 from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL and her BFA in 2008 from Western University in London, ON. Some of her notable exhibitions and screenings include: the8fest, CROSSROADS, Queer City Cinema, MIX NYC, Artists’ Television Access, Dunlop Gallery, AKA artist-run, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Media City Film Festival, Swedish Film Institute, Art Gallery of York University, Montreal Underground Film Festival, Microscope Gallery, and Kasseler Dokfest. She has had solo exhibitions at Forest City Gallery, Gallery TPW, gallerywest, Julius Caesar, The Pitch Project, and Modern Fuel. Negus has upcoming solo and group exhibitions at Tropical Contemporary, Land Line Chicago, Museum London, YYZ, and a program touring through Southeast Asia in Spring 2019. Her work has been reviewed in numerous publications, including The Globe and Mail and Modern Painters and an interview on Negus’ video practice appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of BlackFlash Magazine.

Nicole Kelly Westman is a visual artist of Métis and Icelandic descent. She grew up in a supportive home with strong-willed parents—her mother, a considerate woman with inventive creativity, and her father, an anonymous feminist. Her work culls from these formative years for insight and inspiration. Westman holds a BFA from Emily Carr University and is currently based in the parkland region of Alberta. Her writing has been published in Inuit Art Quarterly, C Magazine and Luma Quarterly.

Alize Zorlutuna is an artist, poet, experimental cook, curator, intersectional feminist, committed pedagogue, and life-long learner. Working across disciplines, she investigates issues concerning identity and power, settler-colonial relationships to land, culture and colonial violence, as well as intimacy with the non-human, and technology. Her practice is informed by a critical engagement with historical narratives and their present-day impacts. Drawing on archival, as well as practice-based research, the body and its sensorial capacities are central to her approach. She has presented her work in galleries and in artist-run centers across Turtle Island, including: Plug In ICA, Doris McCarthy Gallery, InterAccess, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Satellite Gallery, Audain Art Museum, Access Gallery, and Toronto Free Gallery, as well as internationally at The New School: Parsons (NY), Mind Art core (Chicago) and Club Cultural Matienzo (Argentina). She received her MFA from Simon Fraser University and her BFA from OCAD University. Alize has curated a number of exhibitions, most notably Restless Precinct (2014), a site-specific exhibition at Guildwood Park in Scarborough, ON in collaboration with Orev Katz, a.k.a. Radiodress. Her curatorial approach seeks to highlight voices and perspectives that storytell edges, in-betweens, and possible futures. She has been a sessional instructor at OCAD University since 2015 where she teaches a variety of courses in both the Sculpture/Installation and Integrated Media departments. She is currently the Curator in Residence at Humber Galleries.

LOMAA would like to thank Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council for their support of this program, as well as London Arts Council for this continued backing.

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