Acclaimed Artist Rebecca Belmore Creates a New Performance Work for WAG and IWGS

Winnipeg – February 26, 2014 – Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) and the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg (IWGS) have commissioned acclaimed Canadian artist Rebecca Belmore to create a new performance work in connection with the exhibition Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art. In response, Belmore has created Here, a live community-engaged performance that will be accessible to viewers through a real-time live video stream at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Here is best described in the words of the artist herself:

“Somewhere within the city, a fire will be kept mid-afternoon. An offering of tea and bannock will be made to passersby. Here, a notice will be posted stating that the fire itself and the sound of our voices will be streamed live via video-camera and projected onto a large wall at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. A fire with people gathered around it for warmth becomes a poetic projection, a measure of the conceptual distance between the disparate realities that exist within our cities. The simultaneous positioning of myself as community member and as artist, questions the impact and role of the creative gesture.”

Dr. Roewan Crowe, Director of IWGS, is honoured to work with Rebecca Belmore, the WAG, and the project team on this commission. “Rebecca Belmore is an exceptional artist who works with tremendous intelligence, integrity and elegance. Like all of Rebecca Belmore’s work, Here is a carefully considered performance, gifting everyone with the artist’s honest vision of the times we live in.”

The live stream will take place from 2-4pm on Saturday, March 1, in Eckhardt Hall. The artist talk is at 2pm on Sunday, March 2 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Access to the live stream and artist talk is free, but does not include admission to the galleries.

“Rebecca is one of Canada’s most important artists and we are privileged to be working so closely with her and IWGS to host the live stream of Here as well as her artist talk the next day,” says Anna Wiebe, Head of Education for the WAG.

Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art features the work of 30 international artists and was curated by Randy Rosenberg, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Art Works for Change, an organization whose mission is to harness the transformative power of art to promote awareness, provoke dialogue, and inspire action. Off the Beaten Path is currently on view at WAG until April 20, 2014.

Related programming:

Artist Talk with Rebecca Belmore, March 2, 2pm
International Women’s Day: Free Admission to the WAG, March 8
Long Table Conversation on gender-based violence, art and change, April 4, 7pm

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery and inspiration.

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For more information please contact:

Debra Fehr, Manager, Communications and Marketing, 204.789.1767, dfehr@wag.ca
Izzy Goluch, Public Relations Coordinator, 204.789.1295, igoluch@wag.ca

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