Margaret Dragu

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.

Margaret Dragu
... 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

Lady Justice and the Epic Burden

2012, 05:28 minutes, colour

Rent Do

2005, 19:30 minutes, colour, Eng, Span, Ger, Canton, Japanese

Walking Woman

2004, 27:24 minutes, colour, English w Fr. sub

More Cleaning and Loving (It)

2001, 14:00 minutes, colour, English

Cleaning and Loving (It)

2000, 13:00 minutes, colour, English

A Deconstructed Doll House

1996, 20:00 minutes, colour, English

Bardo Gap

1994, 14:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Brunt: Grunt Gallery in Print, 2008. Vancouver: Visible Arts Society: Grunt Gallery, 2008.
Stories to Tell: Autobiography and Narrative
by Jayne Wark. Radical Gestures: Feminism and Performance Art in North America, 2006. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006.
Asserting Our Bodies
by Elizabeth Chitty. Caught In the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women, 2004. Toronto: YYZ, 2004.
multiple titles
by various. la Dragu, 2002. Toronto: Fado Performance Inc., 2002.
Through Her Eyes
by Leila Marshy. Cinema Canada, Sept. 1987, no. 144.
Everyday Events
by Karen Knights. Video Guide, 1986, v. 8, no. 1.
Video Works: Western Front Video
by Karen Knights. Video Guide, 1985, v. 8, no. 1.
Delicate Issue
by Margaret Dragu. Fuse, Jan. 1980, v. 4, no. 2.
by Margaret Dragu. Video Guide, 1979, v. 2, no. 4.
Review: Kate Craig's Delicate Issue
by Margaret Dragu. Video Guide, 1979, v. 2, no. 4 & 5.
Brushing up on TV as an art form: Toronto Conference of video...
by Steven Davey. Sunday Star, Sept. 3, 1978.