The FAC 2014 Conference
March 2nd Install show at Beaver Hall – Artist drop off work between 11 am and 12 pm 29 McCaul Street Toronto Ontario http://beaverhallgallery.blogspot.ca/ March 3rd – March 8th Show runs at Beaver Hall Gallery 12-6 pm daily.
March 6th 7:00-11:00 Opening reception at Beaver Hall Gallery with performances.
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1:00 – 2:15 First panels – FAC Artist Panels Representing the 2014 Exhibition and Call for Submissions
Sum of All our Parts – An Exploration of Body Politics and Language – Moderator Natalie Waldburger
2. Health Image and Feminism – How Our Well Being is Affected by Patriarchy – Moderated by Lynne Heller
3. Division of Labour Gendered Tasks and Expectations – Moderated by Bh Yael
Danya Buonastella & Nina Gilmour
Zoe Heyn-Jones and Mary Grisey
4. Transcending Boundaries – Standing Out and Taking Up Space – Moderated by Wendy Coburn
Rose Ann Bailey
5. Intersectionality – Collaboration, Cooperation, Community – Aldeli Alban Reyna
Morgan M. Page
2:30 – 3:30 Performances with Q and A
Performance A) Limitless Productions presents ‘Sita’s Rising’, http://limitlessproductions.ca/ Limitless Productions is an Indo-contemporary Dance Theatre company that uses performance art as a tool for social change. Indo-contemporary is a blend of Indian Classical Dance and Contemporary Ballet. Limitless Productions full length dance theatre shows features real life stories that inspire and engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds
Performance B) Andrea Thompson-with opening by Kanwal Rahim Spoken Word – http://andreathompson.ca/ Andrea Thompson is a writer, teacher, activist and mentor, who has been a mainstay on the Canadian spoken word scene for the past twenty years. Thompson’s poetry collection, Eating the Seed (Ekstasis Editions, 2000), has been featured on the reading list at the University of Toronto, and at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She is also the co-editor of Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out, an anthology released by Inanna Publications in the fall of 2010.
Kanwal Rahim graduated from Second City’s Program in Improvisational Comedy in 2012. She identifies herself as a Pakistani-Egyptian-Emirati-Canadian and her passion for music, performance and dance has always been core to her nomadic experience. She inherited her quirky sense of storytelling from her villager grandmothers. After completing Andrea Thompson’s OCAD course in Spoken Word, Kanwal participated in the Sound Poets Circle and the SpeakOut slam in 2013 (Toronto).
Performance C) This performance but will include four solo pieces by Anne Bluethenthal that span subjects as broad as the body politic, the common woman, sexual abuse, and ecology. Bluethenthal is the Director of ABD Productions abdproductions.org ABD Productions is the producing arm of Anne Bluethenthal & Dancers, a San Francisco-based multi-ethnic, multi-cultural modern dance company that is dedicated to the creation and production of new dance works, to excellence and activism in the arts, and to developing dance from and bringing it to a diverse community.
Performance D) SAY IT TO MY FACE is a 60 minute long endurance performance by transsexual feminist artist Odofemi (Morgan M Page). Exploring her experience as the target of multiple transphobic hate websites and petitions created by radical feminists, Odofemi stands naked at the front of a room. Projected onto her body is video footage of the hate websites. Audience members are instructed to approach the artist, where they are given a piece of paper with one of the actual comments on it. They are told to read it aloud, into the microphone, and then look Odofemi in the eyes. Odofemi moves as little as possible and does not react. Eventually the audience realizes that they have become implicated in perpetuating both the artist’s and their own trauma, and retaliates by giving the artist improvised positive affirmations, effectively reclaiming their agency. This work reflects on the transphobic/transmisogynist violence that continues to divide feminist communities in North America. Relocating the ‘debate’ into the personal for both performer and audience-participant, SAY IT TO MY FACE powerfully illustrates the impacts of transphobic violence, cyberbullying, and the conflict between second and third wave feminisms. SAY IT TO MY FACE creates a space for feminists to discuss trans inclusion in a way that does not forget the humanity of trans women.
Adriana Disman’s “Is she your mother?”
I’ve had it.
I refuse to surrender to the idea that my relationship can only be read as a non-sexual, familial one. That this is the way we are made legible when we walk into a room.“Is she your mother?” No. She’s not my mother.
This performance gives thanks to Emily Roysdon for her Ecstatic Resistance essay ( http://emilyroysdon.com/index.php?/hidden-text/er-text/) and steals her words to say: We are expressing a DETERMINATION to undo the limits of what it is possible to be! This piece CELEBRATES the impossible, REFUSES the set limits of the intelligible, EMBRACES contradiction, BELIEVES in the transformative possibility of sharing and the NECESSITY of communicability, and wants to SPEAK PLEASURE TO POWER!
Performer consent process designed by and facilitated by Kate Klein.
For more on Disman’s work see http://www.adrianadisman.com/
3:30 – 4:15 Networking and Tea and Treats provided by The Love of Tea http://theloveoftea.ca/about.html
Panel 1 Muskrat Magazine http://www.muskratmagazine.com/home/
Indigenous Gendered Resistance Art & Feminism – Moderator: Rebeka Tabobondung
MUSKRAT is an on-line Indigenous arts, culture magazine that honours the connection between humans and our traditional ecological knowledge by exhibiting original works and critical commentary. MUSKRAT embraces both rural and urban settings and uses media arts, the Internet, and wireless technology to investigate and disseminate traditional knowledges in ways that inspire their reclamation.
Panel 2 Shadeism
rEVOLution: Resisting and Healing Through the Creative
Moderator: Nayani Thiyagarajah
Jade Lee Hoy
http://shadeism.com/ This all female documentary group created a short film entitled Shadeism. The short is an introduction to the issue of shadeism, descrimination that exists between the lighter-skinned and darker-skinned members of the same community. Through the eyes and words of 5 young womyn and 1 little girl – all females of colour – the film takes us into the thoughts and experiences of each. Overall, ‘Shadeism’ explores where shadeism comes from, how it directly affects us as womyn of colour, and ultimately, begins to explore how we can move forward through dialogue and discussion.
Panel 3 WordSpell
Not A Dirty Word: Feminism in Spoken Word
Moderator Alyssa Ginsburg
http://cytopoeticsevents.com/wordspell/ The Wordspell is a new spoken word group that came together in spring 2012 with the goal of creating a poetry series in Toronto that focuses on women’s voices. WordSpell’s mandate is to have an open, inclusive space for female and female identifying individuals to feel comfortable on stage and off. Each WordSpell show features one emerging poet, one established poet and an open mic. While attendance at WordSpell Spoken Word is open to all, the space on stage will be completely devoted to women — as the hosts, open mic poets and feature poets. Panel 4 OCADU Student Union
Young Feminisms – How the Millennials are Reinterpreting Gender Equality
Moderator Moynan King
http://www.ocadu.ca/students/student_union.htm The central purpose of the Student Union (SU) is to enrich the lives of the students at OCAD U. We do our best to create responsible, democratic, cooperative student representation at the university — promoting the interests of both students and the university as a whole — in the context of a healthy community. We represent our membership on a local, provincial and national level, and encourage our members to be aware of their responsibilities in each of these arenas. We also represent our membership within the Canadian Federation of Students.
Panel 5 Bruxa’s https://www.facebook.com/BruxasArt
How Do We Assert the Role of Women Artists in Today’s Male Dominated Urban Art Cultures?
Created in 2010, the Bruxas crew is an international collective of female artists who use Visual Arts, Graffiti, Muralism, Installation, Video, Photography, MCing, Spoken Word, and Storytelling to express and empower women’s voice. The Bruxas celebrate a sisterhood of strong and empowered members originating from Canada, Chile, Bolivia, Algeria, Brazil, France, Argentina, 6 Nations, and growing. In today’s male dominated urban art cultures, women counterparts often find themselves isolated and confronted by several assumptions and stigmas related to their gender. Historically within patriarchal societies witches have been systematically persecuted, and the Bruxas decided to unite and reclaim this name as a way to question and challenge labels representing gender roles. Bruxa: Portuguese noun meaning “Witch”, a woman possessing healing magical powers. The Bruxas are inclusive of male collaborators, as they look forward to being a part of ending binary gender divisions and discrimination
5:45 – 6:30 – Suzy Lake in Conversation with Johanna Householder http://www.suzylake.ca/
Suzy Lake, Beauty at a Proper Distance/In Song, Light Boxes,
6:30 – 7:30 Reception
March 9th – Take down of show at Beaver Hall Gallery Pick up Work 12:00 -3:00