FAC residencies provide a platform to explore social justice issues with a feminist lens. The residencies gather artists together who focus on social justice issues such as rape culture, trans phobia, racism, violence, media representation, cultural appropriation, environmental degradation and impact on Indigenous lands, violence against women, and Islamophobic policies. We aim to create a space that is celebratory, positive, intellectually engaging and provocative. We are committed to this space being trans inclusive, anti-racist, and intersectional. The residencies include individual studio time accented with group discussions, readings, video, reflection, guest speakers, group and individual critiques. The resulting work will be presented in an exhibition at the end of the residency and pending curatorial acceptance will be included in a spotlight exhibition at the following FAC.
Facilitator and founder of FAC, Ilene Sova is a conceptual portrait painter who creates paintings that reference anti-oppression feminist themes. She holds an MFA in Painting from the University of Windsor and her work has been exhibited in extensive solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Most notably, her work has been shown at the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art in Toronto and at Guadi’s Casa Batlo for the prestigious Barcelona Showcase. After that show, Sova was invited back to Barcelona by Mutuo Centro D’Arte for a solo exhibition of paintings of Spain’s foremost women activists. Sova’s work has also been featured in a variety of television, web and print media including Al Gore’s television program The Current, Canada AM, The Toronto Star, CBC Radio, and the Toronto Standard. Sova’s work was featured in the Journal of Psychology and Counseling, the Nigerian Arts Journal Tabula, the Italian feminist journal WOMANOCLOCK. Further, she was chosen to speak at Toronto’s first TEDx Women in December 2013. Most recently, Sova was invited by two members of the Parliament of Canada to bring her work to Ottawa for a national Women’s Forum on Feminism and the state of women’s rights. Sova is also the Toronto Regional Coordinator for the Feminist Art Project out of Rutgers University and the founder and coordinator of FAC – a large yearly international Feminist Art Conference that takes place in Toronto at OCAD University. In her professional community practice Ilene teaches in the department of Continuing Studies at OCADU and is the Artistic Director of Walnut Studios where she founded and developed Blank Canvases an in-school arts programme that teaches children in the TDSB about Toronto Artists and encourages creativity and self confidence through art making.