Material Witness: Art, Activism, and Fibre Roundtable

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    Artist roundtable with Barry Ace, Karina Bergmans, Bozica Radjenovic, and Mona Sharma

    Saturday September 20th, 2014 2-5pm, 51 B Young Street

    Barry Ace – Anishinaabe (Odawa), is a practicing visual artist and currently lives in Ottawa, Canada. His mixed media paintings and assemblage textile works explore various aspects of cultural continuity and the confluence of the historical and contemporary. As a practicing visual artist, his work has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions all over the world, including an upcoming solo exhibition Memory Landscape at the Museu Nogueira da Silva, Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections in Canada and abroad, including the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton (Ottawa); Woodland Cultural Centre (Brantford); Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto); Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa); The Canada Council Art Bank, (Ottawa); and the Nordamerika Native Museum (Zurich, Switzerland). www.barryacearts.com

    Multi-disciplinary artist, Karina Bergmans works with fibre, sculpture, and installation. She works in community through performance art and public craft projects. Her diverse artistic practice is unified using reclaimed textiles. She thrives on redirecting the original purpose of material and recontextualizing it through a conceptual idea. Her themes are based on our collective experiences of communication, text, and word play. She also explores human anatomical systems and cellular structures in the creation of soft sculptures. Equally as important as material and texture are to her art production, public intervention has played an important part in the dissemination of her work. www.kaleidoscopeart.com

    Bozica Radjenovic is a sculptor who lives and works in Ottawa. Born and educated in Belgrade, Serbia, she received her Master of Arts degree from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Arts in Belgrade in 1991. She moved to Canada in 1993. Radjenovic has had several solo and numerous group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Her work can be seen in various private collections and in the Museum of Modern Art in Belgrade. Her current work explores the relationship between belonging, integrity and identity. www.bozicaradjenovic.com

    Mona Sharma is a first-generation Canadian artist of South Asian descent. She obtained her MFA from Concordia University, Montreal in 2012. She has received numerous grants and has exhibited her art in galleries across Canada and the United States. She works primarily in soft sculpture and digital drawing, two mediums whose accessible exteriors lend well to subversive acts. Directly inspired by tensions induced by the diverse nature of her background, her goal through art has been to foster a more critical understanding of how we form as individuals and function as a society. www.monasharma.ca

    Special thanks to The Community Foundation of Ottawa (Dennis Tourbin Fund for Emerging Artists), The Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa, the Peoples Social Forum, and The National Gallery of Canada.

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    51 B Young Street, Ottawa, ON, K1S 3H6

    Gallery 101 gratefully acknowledges the support of the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Gallery 101 thanks Asinabka: Film & Media Arts Festival, Niigaan: In Conversation, members, volunteers, partners, and all our relations.