Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Next Cinema Politica Screening - Myths for Profit

Cinema Politica at the University of Winnipeg's next screening will be the film  Myths for Profit: Canada's Role in Industries of War and Peace, to be shown in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall on Friday, February 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Directed by Montréal-based media maker and social justice organizer Amy Miller, Myths for Profit (Canada, 2009) was selected for screening by the University of Winnipeg Part-time / Mature Students’ Centre.

This film is a dramatic, exposé documentary which explores 'Canada’s role in Industries of War and Peace’. Through diverse interviews and case studies this documentary unveils the specific interests and profits that are made by certain corporations, individuals and agencies within Canada. By examining these myths we seek to find out what are the possible motives that hide behind these stories, and if there are certain people who stand to gain and maintain these misconceptions. Only by breaking down these myths can we hope to understand how these systems of power operate, and help empower people across Canada to change them.

According to the film’s website, Myths for Profit considers the following:
MYTH 1) ‘Canada is a peacekeeping nation’
MYTH 2) ‘Canada’s military purpose is defence’
MYTH 3) ‘Canada’s aid is helping people around the world’

All screenings will be open to all audiences – everyone is welcome. Admission is free, but donations to offset the costs of screening the film are welcome.

Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall is located on the third floor of Centennial Hall at The University of Winnipeg. Parking.

Gallery 1C03 and the UWSA wish to thank Cinema Politica for making it possible for us to participate in this network. We are grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for generously supporting this initiative.

Image: Scene from Myths for Profit.

Review of Frank Shebageget exhibition

Thanks to all who came out to Frank Shebageget's artist talk and opening reception on January 17. The shots above show Frank being interviewed by Kim Cleave of APTN's Digital Drum. You'll be able to view a profile on Frank there soon. Also featured is a detail of Frank's large untitled sculpture in Gallery 1C03. You'll have to drop by to see more of it!

We greatly appreciate the insightful review of Frank's show that was posted on yesterday's Akimblog by their new correspondent Noni Brynjolson; have a read!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Frank Shebageget opens tomorrow

The installation of Frank Shebageget's show is coming along (see above from day 1 of the installation). Frank will deliver his artist talk tomorrow, January 17, at 1:00 p.m. in room 2C13 (2nd floor of Centennial Hall). Immediately following his talk Gallery 1C03 will host the opening reception for his self-titled solo exhibition.  For more information about the show and the artist, please see our previous posts here and here.  Hope you can join us!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Frank Shebageget exhibition

Happy new year everyone! With the start of 2013, Gallery 1C03 at The University of Winnipeg is excited to open our next exhibition:

Frank Shebageget
January 17 – February 16, 2013

Artist talk: Thursday, January 17 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 2C13 (2nd floor of Centennial Hall), University of Winnipeg
Opening reception at Gallery 1C03: Thursday, January 17, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Gallery 1C03 is proud to present Frank Shebageget, a self-titled solo exhibition of two new sculptural installations by this respected Ottawa-based Anishinabe artist.

Shebageget uses modernist forms and repetition to critically investigate symbols of cross-cultural contact that have personal historical resonance. This show includes a new iteration of his acclaimed large-scale work Cell, originally produced in 2010 for a solo exhibition at Carleton University Art Gallery, as well as a series of smaller works titled Castor’s Castoreum.

Constructed from gillnets arranged into a cube formation and suspended in the gallery to create an effervescent structure, Cell references the importance of fishing to Aboriginal communities such as the one in which Shebageget grew up. Castor’s Castoreum, presented in one of the University of Winnipeg Anthropology Museum window vitrines, is a series of cast glass perfume bottles rendered in the shape of beaver castors. Alluding to the effects of European ideas of beauty on First Nations people, these pieces were inspired by the artist’s childhood memories where hunting and trapping were integral parts of family life.

Born and raised in the small community of Upsala in Northwestern Ontario, Frank Shebageget (Ojibway) now lives and works in Ottawa. Shebageget graduated with his A.O.C.A. from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1996, and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria in 2000. He has had solo shows at Carleton University Art Gallery, Surrey Art Gallery, TRIBE and Gallery 101, among others. Shebageget’s art has been presented recently in group exhibitions at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Institute of American Indian Arts in Sante Fe, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Museum London, the University of Lethbridge and at Urban Shaman Gallery. His work can be found in the collections of the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Dorothy Hoover Library of the Ontario College of Art and Design, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, as well as several private collections. Shebageget has been the recipient of numerous awards for his art from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation.

Gallery 1C03 will produce a publication related to this exhibition featuring a critical essay by contemporary art curator and writer Jenny Western.

Gallery 1C03 gratefully acknowledges financial assistance for this project from The University of Winnipeg, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. We are also grateful for the partnership of The University of Winnipeg Anthropology Museum.

Gallery 1C03 is located on the first floor of Centennial Hall at The University of Winnipeg and is open Monday – Friday from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The University's Anthropology Museum is on the fourth floor of Centennial Hall and is open during regular University hours. Both venues offer free admission.

Image: Frank Shebageget, Cell (detail), 2010, aluminum, nylon fishing net, steel fishing hooks, string, airline cable. Photo: David Barbour.