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“Swarm” Online Exhibition Program
March 5 at8:00 am - 5:00 pmFree
Throughout Spring of 2021, Gallery 1C03 is pleased to host SWARM, an online exhibition program of the SWARM artist collective. In addition to a film screening, public discussions, performances, and community workshops, SWARM includes the launch of a digital exhibition on May 1 that features the work of 9 artist-researchers who explore possibilities for building cross-species networks of care and kinship through beading technologies, digital interfaces, embroidery, sculpture, storytelling, sound and performance works. Artworks are created by: Dallas Cant, Roewan Crowe, Lorena Sekwan Fontaine, Franchesca Hebert-Spence, Helga Jakobson, Kaliesa Beasse McGillvray, Hailey Primrose, Willow Rector, and Maram Rocha. This project, partially funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, is based out of the greenhouse artlab at the University of Winnipeg.
Much like the honeybee swarms that inspired the collective’s name, SWARM considers how collective processes of making and thinking might function as practical strategies for becoming better humans in the Cthulucene. In particular, SWARM grapples with a turning toward – to one other, to communities, and the honeybees. SWARM also turns toward the difficulties brought about by extractive colonialism – as a way of holding and caring for ecological pasts, presents, and futures in entangled relationality. In doing so, we ask what might we learn from the bees? What might they teach us in crafting methods of ongoingness in this time of climate trouble?
Facing a global pandemic has certainly forced a shift in the collective’s working and being together, yet it has not drawn us away from our intentions: finding ways to stay with and make meaning out of the crises and devastation brought about by capitalism, colonialism, and the intertwined doctrines of oppression which uphold them. While we may not be able to gather as closely as the honeybees do, we now forge solitary pods of thinking and artmaking – turning inward then reaching out. In this way, we continue being-with the bees, and in a small way we feel closer to them.
SWARM is curated by Dallas Cant and Roewan Crowe, in collaboration with Jennifer Gibson at Gallery 1C03.
PRELIMINARY PROGRAM SCHEDULE
“There Will Be Spring”: Honeyland Film Screening and Conversation with Lorena Sekwan Fontaine and Valérie Chartrand
Presented in partnership with the Winnipeg Film Group.
· Watch Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov’s powerful 2019 film Honeyland online for free from March 12 to 19
· Join us for the conversation on March 18 at 7:00 pm CST
FOR MORE INFORMATION, on SWARM artists, program events and links to watch the Honeyland film and conversation, visit www.uwinnipeg.ca/art-gallery.