Margaret Dragu works in video, installation, web-based/book-publication, and performance art. Her performances span relational, durational, interventionist and community-based practices. She has a multi-personnae dis-order, operating as Lady Justice since 2006, as Verb Woman since February 2009, Nuestra Senora del Pan since 2004, and since her 2012 Governor-General’s Award for Visual Art and Media, as Art Cinderella.
... is the first artist featured in Canadian Performance Art Legends (a performance and publication project initiated by the Toronto-based organization FADO) to highlight the work of senior Canadian performance artists.
… is a 2012 Laureate of the Canadian Governor-General’s Award for Visual Art and Media.
… is the recipient of City of Richmond’s Most Innovative Artist Award, Ethel Tibbett’s Woman of the Year Award for The Arts, Richmond Women’s Centre’s Inspirational Woman Award, & Mall Peepre Award for Outstanding Fitness Leader.
… is an internationally famous cleaning lady.
Margaret Dragu was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. She lives in East Vancouver, BC where she makes art and continues her 40+ year art practice along with her 40+ year body practice as Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor. She has exhibited across Canada, Germany, Holland and England; and is active on the internet as a performance festival blogger, as an event streaming broadcaster, and through various social media ie. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter etc…
2013, 13:50 minutes, colour, English
2012, 05:28 minutes, colour
2005, 19:30 minutes, colour, Eng, Span, Ger, Canton, Japanese
2004, 27:24 minutes, colour, English w Fr. sub
2001, 14:00 minutes, colour, English
2000, 13:00 minutes, colour, English
1996, 20:00 minutes, colour, English
1994, 14:00 minutes, colour, English
Brunt: Grunt Gallery in Print, 2008. Vancouver: Visible Arts Society: Grunt Gallery, 2008.
by . Radical Gestures: Feminism and Performance Art in North America, 2006. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006.
by . Caught In the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women, 2004. Toronto: YYZ, 2004.
by . la Dragu, 2002. Toronto: Fado Performance Inc., 2002.
by . Cinema Canada, Sept. 1987, no. 144.
by . Video Guide, 1986, v. 8, no. 1.
by . Video Guide, 1985, v. 8, no. 1.
by . Fuse, Jan. 1980, v. 4, no. 2.
by . Video Guide, 1979, v. 2, no. 4.
by . Video Guide, 1979, v. 2, no. 4 & 5.
by . Sunday Star, Sept. 3, 1978.