4C’s Study Group met at CUAG for a discussion on art and politics at CUAG’s exhibition: Here Be Dragons,
Friday, December 7, 10:30 AM
As she did last July (see past events below) Carleton University Art Gallery’s educator, Fiona Wright, was be there once again to guide us and participate in our discussion. Thank you Fiona!
From CUAG’s website:
Here Be Dragons / Attention, dragons!
Curated by Emily Falvey
17 September – 09 December 2018
Gisele Amantea, Sonny Assu, Rebecca Belmore, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Laurent Craste, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Sayeh Sarfaraz
Although contemporary art is often synonymous with social critique, the recent rise of right-wing populism has led some artists to abandon subtler critical forms, such as word play and irony, in favour of more pointed strategies of resistance and protest art. While such approaches play an important role in the fight for social justice, their practitioners are sometimes criticized for perpetuating a relationship of mastery vis-à-vis their audiences.
Does critical art risk positioning viewers as the passive recipients of prescribed messages? Can art cut through ideologies to reveal urgent political truths?
The exhibition Here Be Dragons will explore these questions through the work of seven contemporary artists who participate in social critique. Rather than attempting to instruct or persuade, they favour ambiguous or symbolic images that leave room for varying interpretations.
In Dialogue, at CUAG, July 18th 2018
RIA is closed for the summer, but the Carleton University Art Gallery is not! The current exhibition, In Dialogue, is on view until the 26th of August.
Thank you, Fiona Wright, for the guided to on July 18th, which brought up many important issues and questions that we will carry over to future discussions.
“In Dialogue is an exhibition structured as a conversation. It features the work of twelve First Nations, Métis and Sami artists. As the exhibition’s organizer, John G. Hampton, says, this gathering of work embraces the “tumble of connections and contradictions that constitute contemporary Indigenous identities.” Hampton hopes to generate dialogue that will undermine monolithic and uncomplicated understandings of Indigeneity by offering multiple perspectives and by creating spaces for new understandings to arise”. (from CUAG’s website).
Our Call to Action: to Collaborate. June 20th, Gallery 101
RIA’s CCCC group met at G101 last June 20th, for a deeply engaging discussion on (re)-conciliation facilitated by Carmel Whittle, G101’s Community Outreach Indigenous Liaison. One of the topics of the discussion was David Garneau’s essay “Imaginary Spaces of Conciliation and Reconciliation.” The paintings that Garneau discusses in his text, are in the In Dialogue exhibition. You can find Garneau’s essay here: