Group ex­hibit of Cana­dian artists at Fore­man

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Howare iden­ti­ties per­formed to­day? This is a cen­tral ques­tion posed by the new ex­hi­bi­tion at the Fore­man Art Gallery of Bishop’s Univer­sity which ad­dresses the medium of por­trai­ture from a con­tem­po­rary stand­point. Matilda As­lizadeh (Van­cou­ver, British Columbia), Pas­cal Grand­mai­son (Montreal, Quebec), Kris­ja­nis Kak­tins-Gorsline (Win­nipeg, Man­i­toba), the col­lec­tive Soft Turns (Toronto, On­tario) and Tanya St-Pierre (Sher­brooke, Quebec) use in­no­va­tive and con­tem­po­rary meth­ods in their ap­proaches to the hu­man fig­ure and face. The works on view were cre­ated be­tween 2004 and 2012 and vis­i­tors to the gallery will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence sev­eral medi­ums of art, from paint­ings, pho­tog­ra­phy, stop-mo­tion an­i­ma­tion and in­stal­la­tion work.

Through their art­works, the artists raise ques­tions about visual nar­ra­tive, the so­cial and po­lit­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions of sub­jec­tiv­ity and the con­struc­tion of the in­di­vid­ual in post­mod­ern so­ci­eties. The art­works on view ex­pose am­bi­gu­i­ties, ten­sions and dif­fer­ent pos­si­bil­i­ties that prob­lema­tize in­di­vid­ual iden­ti­ties — how these are formed and re­vealed within so­cial con­texts and con­structs, and specif­i­cally what roles they play in more in­ti­mate and pri­vate nar­ra­tives. The In­di­vis­i­ble is cu­rated by the Fore­man Art Gallery’s Di­rec­tor/Cu­ra­tor, Vicky Chainey Gagnon

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