EMBODIED RESISTANCE FEMINIST ART CONFERENCE 2017
This exhibition was motivated by FAC’s continuous desire to create a platform for engaging in the pivotal social conversations of our day. In response to an open call for intersectional feminist art, we received an abundance of works that activated the body as a site of resistance. In pouring through this diverse array of multidisciplinary submissions, it became clear that the body is on the mind.
Through a wide range of media, the form of the body has become a canvas on which to create and explore. The participating artists use it to navigate their complex identities, challenging expectations related to gender, sexuality, and culture. They also defy limited representations of womanhood by capturing intimate moments of pregnancy and showcasing sexual discovery. This collection of works reminds us that resistance takes many forms.
While some artists have reshaped our assumptions about gender roles through physical labour, others shift ableist narratives of activism by creating digital content. Through an exploration of different experiences, bodies, and identities, the theme of self-love has emerged. Visually striking images and performances combat the shame associated with weight, menstruation, and trauma, advocating for self-care and self-acceptance.
As we kick off 2017, we witness a new political administration that promises to further regulate the body and restrict access to healthcare. At home, infringements to our right to agency and independence have been occurring in alarming numbers in our governments, in social media, and in our communities. Amid this climate, these artists assert control over their bodies and their narratives. Using materials such as clothing and found objects, they share stories of violence and oppression. Through artistic production, they amplify their voices and create resistance. We hope the works on display encourage further sharing, creating, and discussion as we all work toward social justice and progressive change.
The Feminist Art Conference Toronto is a grassroots, not for profit, volunteered-based organization. While we actively seek and engage in a variety of partnerships, FAC functions as an independent base, not specifically affiliated with any corporation, university or nongovernmental organization. The vision for the Feminist Art Conference is to curate a group of artists and speakers that are using their creativity to communicate the feminist issues that affect us every day. We aim to showcase like-minded, multi-disciplinary art including: visual art, film, theatre arts, music, dance, and literature. We will create a space that is celebratory, positive, intellectually engaging and provocative. Furthermore, by providing an opportunity for like-minded multi-disciplinary artists to meet and share their work, we believe we can provide opportunities for networking and future artistic collaboration that can affect change.