In just a few weeks, I will be performing a new work in progress at the Art Gallery of Regina as part of the UBER GURLZ: Denzien Femme exhibition curated by Michel Boutin for the Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective. This is the second installment of the UBER GURLZ series and I performed at the first one a few years ago in Prince Albert, so I am extra happy that they have invited me to participate again. The work I will be performing is a live video mix that includes a soundtrack DJ mix by Tomiyeyo (awesome DJ from Washington that I have wanted to work with for quite some time now) and investigates contradictions in the representation of femininity vs. the internal realities of self-identity.
Event Information for UBER GURLZ: Denizen Femme
Sept. 12 – November 23, 2018
Artists: Marjorie Beaucage, Michelle Brownridge, April Doepker, Cate Francis, Terri-Lynn McDonald, Judy McNaughton
Beyond the artwork, the artists themselves are the intended focus of this exhibition. Emphasizing the life / art / work balance faced by many professional artists, Uber Gurlz: Denizen Femme represents six Saskatchewan artists whose practice and labour mesh. Additionally, these artists are motivated by a deep commitment to community. Denizens of the institutions and social structures we all must navigate; their work blurs the line between art and life.
The careers, commitments and work of these artists exemplify the benefits of art, culture and diversity on society.
The exhibition title is a tribute to a group of artists in Prince Albert, backed by IPAC, which focused on creative development. Beginning as an open studio project, the group founded in 2006 in response to a need in their local community for a safe studio workspace for young women and LGBTQ youth. Inspired by feminist activist artists the Guerrilla Girls and the Riot Grrrl movement of the 1990s the core members took the name Uber Gurlz.
Uber Gurlz continues, encouraging a multi-cultural membership which leads from an urban Indigenous perspective.
Guest curated by Michel Boutin
Presented in partnership with IPAC (Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective)
Closing Reception and Event Information
November 23, 7 – 10 pm
- Marjorie Beaucage – Spoken Word and Drum
- Leigh Thomas – Two Spirit Spoken Word
- Paulete Poitras – Two Spirit YXE Ambassador, Jingle Dress
- Ladies bring your Drums!
- Live Set: VJ Carrie Gates (Saskatoon) http://www.vjcarriegates.com
- Featuring music by DJ Tomiyeyo (Washington D.C.) https://www.tomiyeyo.com
- Electro-Folk Solo Set: Theresa Bishop (Kelowna B.C.), singer songwriter
Admission is Free!