The Feminist Art Conference (FAC) is thrilled to present ‘You’re Not Here’, a month-long celebration of feminist art in honor of International Women’s Day. The exhibition will inhabit the hallway galleries of Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park, a neighbourhood where residents were forced to relocate during the city’s revitalization efforts.
Through their works, participating artists capture their own struggle to find a home in new contexts. They strive to ignite the memory of missing, murdered, and neglected women, including trans women, transfeminine person, and gender nonconforming individuals. In doing so, the artists construct their own narratives and identities, reinserting women’s stories back into art history and contemporary consciousness.
Through a range of media, including painting, photography, video and performance from over twenty-five artists, the art represents a fight to exist, to remain, and to be visible.
‘You’re Not Here’ runs from March 3rd to March 31st at Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St East, in Toronto. The exhibition will kick off with a launch party on Tuesday, March 3rd from 7 pm to 10 pm, featuring live performances from multiple disciplines. The launch is Pay What You Can with all proceeds going to support the FAC 2015 conference and exhibition to be held at OCADU September 24th to 27th.
During the run of the play HER2 FAC presents the exhibition “The Oracle” an exhibition of Carol Mark’s photography in the lobby of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
I never thought I would be diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast Cancer affects 1 in 8 women in their lifetime. Breast cancer is glamorized into a disease that is pre-packaged and pretty in pink. This does not reflect the physical suffering of woman and the psychological impact on the family. This series communicates my challenges with breast cancer self-image and what it means to be a woman when choosing a mastectomy rather than a lumpectomy. Inspired by Christian triptyk altar pieces, I have brought my story of suffering and triumph to be shared as a point of dialogue for challenges faced by women with breast cancer and to create change. I was prescribed Tamoxifen for hormone positive breast cancer based on recent research for a 10 year treatment cycle. There is no regulation to test whether women can metabolize Tamoxifen to be effective. 20% of women are unable to metabolize Tamoxifen and will die. This is a call to action to have women on Tamoxifen tested for metabolization before they are prescribed medication to save their life. This is my story seen through my eyes, my husbands eyes and my daughter eyes over 2026 days.
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By Maja Ardal
January 13–Feb 1, 2015, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
A probing examination of the relationship between medical science and the human spirit.
(Toronto)—Nightwood Theatre continues its 2014/15 season with the world premiere of HER2 by celebrated playwright Maja Ardal at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, from January 13 to February 1, 2015. Directed by Kim Blackwell and featuring a stellar all-‐female cast, HER2 is a probing examination of the uneasy relationship between medical science and the human spirit.
Seven women with one thing in common—a highly aggressive form of breast cancer—are recruited for a clinical trial of a new drug. While the researcher measures its progress in terms of blood counts and tumour sizes, the subjects of her experiment, struggle to deal with the renewed dread that paradoxically accompanies this sudden glimmer of hope in their lives. As the group under goes the treatment they bond together into a community characterized not by medical statistics but by their human qualities of courage, humour, and wisdom.
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The Feminist Art Conference is seeking visual artists for a month long art exhibition for International Women’s Day, at Daniels Spectrum (formerly called the Regent Park Arts and Culture Centre).
Exhibition will take place from March 3 – March 31, 2015 with an opening reception on the evening of March 4th.
Drawing upon its new home in Regent Park, where plans for revitalization have forced residents to relocate during the transition, the show will feature a spotlight theme that explores the concept of displacement, uprooting, and relocation. Artists are invited to submit work that examines this theme and its various causes, including community housing redevelopment, land disputes, immigration conflicts, and threats of violence. Priority will be given to works that explore the topic from a women’s perspective and/or within a feminist framework including trans women, transfeminine persons and gender non- conforming individuals.
The deadline for submission is Thursday, January 15. Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with “FAC Exhibition” in the subject line. Accepted artists will be notified the last week of January.
Submission questions should be sent to the FAC curator for this project, Jordana Franklin at email@example.com