Women’s Work: Online Panel Discussion

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Using the artworks in Practice in Gestures as a launching point, join the curator and artists in a discussion of "women's work" in art.

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Throughout the history of art, decoration and domestic handicrafts have been devalued as “women’s work”, specifically because it was associated with the domestic and the feminine. Using the artworks in A Practice in Gestures as a launching point, join curator Nan Capogna, artists Farheen HaQ, Deborah Koenker and Bettina Matzkuhn for an online discussion on this topic.

This event will include time for Q+A by participants to join in the live-streamed conversation.

Session Format:

  • Live-streamed on the Zoom platform (registration required).
  • Live English transcription and captions provided by the app.
  • Chat feature open for participants to send their questions and comments to panelists.

About the Artists:

Farheen HaQ’s multidisciplinary practice employs video, installation and performance. As a South Asian Muslim Canadian artist living in Victoria, BC her current work focuses on understanding her family history on Canadian territories, caregiving and the body as a continuum of culture and time. She has exhibited her work in galleries and festivals throughout Canada and internationally. Farheen received a BA in International Development (1998) from the University of Toronto, a BEd (2000) from the University of Ottawa and an MFA in Visual Arts (2005) from York University. In 2014 Farheen was nominated for Canada’s Sobey Art Award.

Deborah Koenker is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist whose practice explores narratives, borders and transformative justice. Professor Emeritus, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, she was instrumental in establishing Malaspina Printmakers Workshop, Vancouver, serving as inaugural Director. Active in curatorial projects, writing, panels, lectures, and artist residency programs internationally, Koenker was selected for an invitational residency on Equal Justice at the Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico (2018) and the Canada Council International Paris Studio (2011). Her work, exhibited in Canada, the US, Mexico and Spain, is represented in more than 30 public collections in Canada and the United States.

Bettina Matzkuhn works primarily in hand embroidery, valuing its versatility as a visual language. Her narratives predominantly focus on ecology, weather, and geography. Matzkuhn holds a BFA and an MA from Simon Fraser University, and is the recipient of Canada Council and British Columbia Arts Council Grants. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, as well as in Korea and the United States. Her work is found in national public collections such as the Surrey Art Gallery, Cambridge Art Galleries and the Weldon Map Library at Western University. She lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.

About the Exhibition:

A Practice in Gestures draws together works by six artists living and working in BC ¬– Farheen HaQ, Deborah Koenker, Bev Koski, Mitra Mahmoodi, Bettina Matzkuhn, and Barbara Zeigler. The exhibition includes textile works – beading and embroidery – video, ceramic, and mixed media. The divergent works share a vocabulary of simple gestures rooted in domestic familiarity that give shape to meaningful rituals and practices while confronting colonial and patriarchal narratives as well as critical environmental imperatives.

Spanning decades, the artists’ practices range from emerging to over forty years. The selected works foreground the artist’s relationship with materials, their methodologies and the significance of gestures, rituals, and practices. Centuries-old gestures and practices are recast and contemporized, and demonstrate the potential of small, intimate gestures to expand from the personal and poetic, to the globally relevant. More info here.

Image credit: Farheen HaQ, Drinking from my mother's saucer, 2015. Video still. Courtesy of the artist.

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