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martin dufresne
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posted 15 October 2008 05:24 PM      Profile for martin dufresne   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
WACK! is a series of community events organized this Fall and Winter by feminists at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

It starts with kick-ass awareness-raising using Rape Relief's video "Flesh Mapping: Vancouver Markets Pacific Women".

Presentation (with great hyperlinks)

Flesh Mapping: Vancouver Markets Pacific Women

Vancouver is an ancient and wondrous Pacific port, a modern colonial outpost; a 'border town' of the American imperial giant. This gateway to the splendour of the world's largest sea, ringed by magnificent volcanic mountains is also a man-made funnel to an urban ghetto of poverty, racism and sexist violence.

A tourist destination pandering in advance of the Olympic games, Vancouver feigns harm reduction while growing and boasting an industry of warehousing and herding the poor. In the name of voluntary prostitution, it proposes to use law and order to clean out the city of the disadvantaged Aboriginal street women thereby protecting and raising the downtown land values. The sexual service to both resident and touring men it seems to assign to immigrant women and runaway girls housed in suburban brothels, many of which are beyond city limits.
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martin dufresne
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posted 17 October 2008 11:10 PM      Profile for martin dufresne   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Wack!Feminist art strikes back
Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun Published: Saturday, October 11, 2008
After the French artist Orlan spritzed the crowd with perfume, American artist Lorraine O'Grady took the microphone. She was standing beside Mlle Bourgeoisie Noire, an evening dress made out of 180 pairs of white gloves that she wore for a performance-art work in 1980 in Manhattan.

Dressed in black, O'Grady said while she liked WACK! Art and the Feminism Revolution, she had one criticism of the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition, which focuses on the convergence of feminism and art in the late 1960s and 1970s. She thought the exhibition signage lacked context. So she provided what was missing.

O'Grady talked about how her performance as Miss Black Middleclass included beating herself with a cat-o'-nine-tails made out of white rope and covered with 36 white chrysanthemums.

full article

and a related story - an interview with Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun, October 11, 2008:

Feminist art blockbuster helps women make claims to their own history
VAG exhibition questions single art history narrative through 120 artists

The Vancouver Art Gallery show, WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, features paintings, drawings, videos, installations and sculptures by 120 artists from Canada and 20 other countries. It's also the first international museum survey of the impact of feminism on art.

Focussing on works produced in from 1965 to 1980, WACK! was first presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The Vancouver Sun talked with Connie Butler, the exhibition's curator who is now chief curator of drawings at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

How did you come up with the idea of doing an major survey exhibition
of feminist art?


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