Events and Projects

je n'étais pas qu'une simple chimère

(Added 7 September 2009)

Image: Lili Reynaud-Dewar, The Power Structures, Rituals _ Sexuality of the European Shorthand Typists 2 (detail) 2009, Still from video projection

*je n‘étais pas qu’une simple chimère
I haven’t been a figment of my own imagination*

Aleesa Cohene (Cologne), Luanne Martineau (Victoria), Lili Reynaud Dewar (Paris), Lucie Stahl (Vienna)

21 November, 2009 – 23 January, 2010
SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art
372, Ste-Catherine West, space 507
Montréal, QC

Inspired by a photograph taken in 1974 of a group of women in conversation while lounging in a Paris studio, this exhibition presents the work of four contemporary artists (Aleesa Cohene, Luanne Martineau, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Lucie Stahl) whose practice, directly or indirectly engages with the formal visual elements and-or conceptual legacy of an earlier generation of feminist artists from the 70s and early 80s.

By bringing to the surface this particular trend in current art practice, the exhibition allows for reflexive consideration of the issues facing contemporary women artists, the issues of an earlier generation, and the narrative space in between. It subtly probes the utopian ideals set forth by second wave feminist artists, and juxtaposes this against present day possibilities, or realities of that legacy, for contemporary women artists.

Formally and materially, the work within this exhibition also suggests a commonality of approach between the present-day practices exhibited and work made by a previous generation in the 70s and early 80s. The work is very physical, strong and present, avoiding feminine tropes of delicacy and ephemerality, while still being of and about the feminine. The material approach of the selected contemporary works also references the second wave generation who often dealt with re-appropriating craft, or stereotypically feminine creative pastimes, into the world of high art.

This exhibition is accompanied by a series of Salon events:

SALON I: THEN, NOW AND LATER
FEMINIST ART FROM A CURATORIAL PERSPECTIVE
CATHERINE MORRIS, Curator at the Elizabeth A. Sackler
Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum
Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 6 p.m. In English

SALON II: THENFEMINIST ART, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY
CLARA GUTSCHE, Artist and founding member of La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse
ROSE-MARIE ARBOUR, Art Historian
Saturday, December 5, 2009, 2 p.m. Bilingual

SALON III: WOMEN AND AVANT-GARDE FILMMAKING
Les filles du Roy, film by Anne-Claire Poirier, 56 minutes, 1974
Je tu il elle, film by Chantal Akerman, 90 minutes, 1974
Sunday, January 17, 2010, 2 p.m.
York Amphitheatre, Concordia University
1515 Ste-Catherine W, EV-01.615

SALON IV: THEN AND NOWFEMINIST ART HISTORY
AMELIA JONES, Art Historian, Critic and Curator
Thursday, January 21, 2010, 6 p.m. In English

R.S.V.P. for Salons I, II and IV. Limited seating.
All the activities are offered free of charge.
The Salons will be held at SBC, with the exception of Salon III.
This series is organised in collaboration with the FOFA Gallery

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