Group Exhibition Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women

EXHIBITION PART I | 3–17 November, videos from 1984-1999
OPENING RECEPTION PART I | 3 November 7:00 p.m.—curator in attendance
CLOSING RECEPTION PART I | 17 November 6:00 p.m.—curator and most artists in attendance

EXHIBITION PART II | 19 November — 1 December, videos from 2000-2009
OPENING RECEPTION PART II | 19 November, 5:00 p.m. — curator and most artists in attendance

PERFORMANCES | See schedule below

PLATFORM Centre in partnership with Video Pool Media Arts Centre and VUCAVU are pleased to announce Isolated Landscapes: Video by Prairie Women (1984-2009), curated by Kathy Rae Huffman. An exhibition will be held in Winnipeg at both PLATFORM and Poolside Gallery from 3 November to 1 December 2017. The exhibit will be split into two parts: 3–17 November, videos from 1984-1999 & 19 November — 1 December, videos from 2000-2009.

Isolated Landscapes is a major exhibition of the history of video art by women who live and work in the central Canadian region or who were informed by years of residing in (or growing up in) the region. The nineteen works in the exhibition (by twenty-one artists) were produced between 1984 – 2009 and play a prominent role in the history of Winnipeg’s legendary Video Pool Media Arts Centre. The project represents pioneering, early video art production by women artists working in various genres and reveals their ability to utilize the available technology of the time in response to the region’s perceived isolation and starkness, reflected in geographical, cultural and personal landscapes.

Sharon Alward , Thirza Cuthand, Shawna Dempsey, Nida Home Doherty, Elvira Finnigan, Wendy Geller, Garland Lam, Erika MacPherson, Maureen Medved, Divya Mehra, Lorri Millan, Hope Peterson, Heidi Phillips, Dominique Rey, Nicole Shimonek, Colleen Simard, Jennifer Stillwell, Reva Stone, Leslie Supnet, Sheila Urbanoski, and Lori Weidenhammer

All the works are held in the archives of Video Pool Media Arts Centre. Many of the artists had early support from Video Pool, thereby demonstrating the many regional partnerships and mutual support networks of artists and agencies in the region.

VUCAVU.com will be hosting the online exhibition from 3 November to 3 December 2017, making to work accessible for free worldwide.

In recognition of the role performance has played in the development of feminist video, Isolated Landscapes will include four performances in Winnipeg from 17-19 November 2017:

filmed in front of a live studio audience by Ming Hon
17 November | 5:30pm to 8:30pm
at the Poolside Gallery | 100 Arthur Street, Second Floor

Big Wig by Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan
17 November | 8:30pm
at the Rachel Brown Theatre | 211 Bannatyne Avenue

So Bey by The Ephemerals
18 November | 6:00pm
at MAWA | 611 Main Street

MÆ — Motion Aftereffect by Freya Björg Olafson
19 November | 6:30pm
at the Winnipeg Film Group Studio | 304-100 Arthur Street

Kathy Rae Huffman has held significant curatorial posts at the Long Beach Museum of Art, The ICA Boston, and the former Cornerhouse, Manchester (UK). She was Professor of Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. She has consulted for, presented special programs, curated, juried, administered and coordinated events for numerous international media art festivals and arts organizations. Her research topics have focused on feminist strategies in online environments; artists’ television; and video art. In 1997, Huffman co-founded FACES: Gender/Technology/Art, an online community for women (www.faces-l.net). In 2017 she co-curated the Faces 20th anniversary exhibition at Schaumbad Freies Atelierhaus Graz. Huffman was awarded an MFA (summa cum laude) in Exhibition Design from the School of Fine Arts, California State University Long Beach where she also completed post-graduate studies in Museum Studies. From 1990 –2013, Huffman lived ‘abroad’ and worked in Linz & Vienna (Austria), Hull & Manchester (UK) and in Berlin. She traveled extensively in Central and Eastern Europe between 1984 and 2014. She currently resides in Southern California where she continues her work as a freelance curator, networker, writer and media art collector.

The Artspace Building is wheelchair accessible by elevator, from the west side entrance at King Street and Bannatyne Avenue, and has wheelchair accessible washrooms.