Dissections is a bilingual event series presented as part of DHC/ART Education’s public programming. With Dissections, we aim to generate interdisciplinary dialogue and foster a renewed engagement with contemporary art.
Dissections: Jasmina Cibic will take place in the heart of our current exhibition. Visitors will be able to tour Everything That You Desire and Nothing That You Fear on their own time and take part in an interdisciplinary conversation with our three guests: Wendy Allen, Colleen Leonard and Kathleen Vaughan. These socially engaged Montrealers are all alumnae of the Right to the City, a Concordia-University place-based pedagogic initiative. In their presentation, they will consider questions that resonate in Cibic’s work and their own: social use and exclusions, civic change, public memory, oral history and personal experience. Contrasting Cibic’s use of top-down and official discourses with their own ‘bottom-up’, street-level approaches and sources, the speakers draw on their own creative practices and local investigations, sited at or around the Atwater Library.
Dissections begins at 6 PM with access to DHC/ART galleries; informal discussion about thematics and works will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 PM, followed by casual conversation and refreshments until 9 PM.
Please note that places are limited.
Reservations required: [email protected]
An artist and Associate Professor of Art Education at Concordia University, Kathleen Vaughan creates socially engaged artworks that link personal experience and political ecologies. With colleagues at Concordia, she developed ‘The Right to the City,’ an ongoing teaching initiative which invites students to work with locals and across disciplines to consider social, political and environmental issues in neighbourhoods in change.
A photographic artist and educator living in Montreal, Colleen Leonard is currently completing an MA in Art Education at Concordia University. While a participant in ‘The Right to the City’ initiative with Dr. Kathleen Vaughan, she collaborated with members of The Open Door centre to create a place-based oral history.
Wendy Allen had a career in International Development that included projects in China, Indonesia and Costa Rica. Since retiring she has been active at Concordia’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and with Atwater Library’s Digital Literacy Project conducting oral history interviews and making videos.
Installation view, Jasmina Cibic: Everything That You Desire and Nothing That You Fear, 2018-2019, DHC/ART. We will ensure our country does succeed, 2018. Adhesive canvas (15 x 87 feet); acrylic polymer; wooden ladders, gold paint, dimensions variable; custom seating. Image © DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, photo: Richard-Max Tremblay.