"arrives asking, demanding something of us"
Fierce: Women's Hot Blooded Film/Video, Mar. 2010, pp. 8-23
Hamilton: McMaster Museum of Art, 2010
Janice Hladki's curatorial essay for Fierce, features Maureen Bradley, Dana Claxton, Allyson Mitchell and b.h.yael, leading Canadian video and installation artists. The exhibition addresses the contribution of Canadian women artists to contemporary video culture, responding to the need for new image spaces and the consideration of ethical spectatorship. The exhibition, with it's range of stylistic and technical approaches, provides an arena for issues of embodiments and identities, public life, social justice, history and memory, the environment and species diversity, war, and peace. Much of the work is autobiographical, exploring the politics of self-representation.
Hladki addresses each of the artists work within the essay, addressing common threads within the artists practices, settling on a sense of hopefulness. The exhibition was on display from Januray 28 - March 10, 2010 at the McMaster Museum of Art.
ITEM 2010.002 – available for viewing in the Research Centre
Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited
Stranded – Maureen Bradley
Menstrual Hut Sweet Menstrual Hut – Allyson Mitchell
Buffalo Bone China
(of)fences – Dana Claxton
Afghanimation – b.h.yael
My life in 5 Minutes – Allyson Mitchell
blah bah blah: (re) viewing Quebec
Trading the Future – Allyson Mitchell
precious little tiny love – b.h.yael
What I Remember – b.h.yael
Birthday Suit Management: a 21c Homage to Lisa Steele – Dana Claxton
I want to Know Why – Allyson Mitchell
Anwolek Regatta City
a hot sand-filled wind – Maureen Bradley
Sisyphus – Maureen Bradley