S T A G E S biennial 2019

Details
Date:

September 8

Time:

07:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Event Category:

Downtown Events

Venue

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art

460 Portage Ave Unit 1

Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R3C 0E8

STAGES biennial 2019

August 16 to September 08, 2019

A temporary public art exhibition

Featured artists
RAYMOND BOISJOLY
DANIEL BUREN
FASTWURMS
KENNETH LAVALLEE
JOAR NANGO
SILKE OTTO-KNAPP
ANDREA ROBERTS

Curated by Jenifer Papararo

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This is the second iteration of the STAGES biennial presented by Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art. This year’s exhibition builds on the previous edition in its presentation of temporary public sculpture, installation and performances throughout Winnipeg, but 2019 has an expanded range and includes the remounting of an historic artwork. The biennial commissions seven artworks that take place across the city and its outskirts in abandoned industrial sites, apartment buildings, malls, municipal parks and parking lots.

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Artist’s Locations:

RAYMOND BOISJOLY: a. Broadway & Main Street; b. Memorial Avenue and Colony Street; c. 78 Lusted Avenue; Mayfair & Stradbrook Avenue

DANIEL BUREN: 11 Evergreen Place

FASTWURMS: 90 Annabella Street

KENNETH LAVALLEE: 393 Portage Avenue (in the Skywalk between Portage Place Mall & The Bay)

JOAR NANGO: 866 Rue Saint Joseph, Whittier Park (East side of Fort Gibraltar behind Maison Chaboillez)

SILKE OTTO-KNAPP: 400 Portage Avenue

ANDREA ROBERTS: Sturgeon Road, RM of Rosser (The abandoned British-American Cement Plant)

STAGES biennial Mobile App includes maps of each artwork and event notifications. Search: PlugInICA at the App Store (available August 9, 2019)

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Events:

AUG 16 – STAGES LAUNCH PARTY
Maison Chaboillez, East side of Fort Gibraltar
866 Rue Saint Joseph. Whittier Park.
August 16, 2019
7pm-11pm

AUG 23 – FASTWÜRMS, #witch_raku_skull_fire
In the garden of 90 Annabella Street, Winnipeg.
August 23, 2019 (Rain date: August 24, 2019)
Noon – midnight.

SEPT 7 – Andrea Roberts, CRISIS CANON
Sturgeon Road, RM of Rosser (The former British-American Cement test pile site) between Park Royale Way and Prairie Dog Trail. Exact coordinates are 49°57’04.7″N x 97°16’35.6″W.
A sound and visual performance scored by Roberts featuring Doreen Girard, Sara Jo Kirsch, Zohreh Gervais and Bret Parenteau.
7:30pm

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This is the second iteration of the STAGES biennial presented by Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art. This year’s exhibition builds on the previous edition in its presentation of temporary public sculpture, installation and performances throughout Winnipeg, but 2019 has an expanded range and includes the remounting of an historic artwork. The biennial commissions seven artworks that take place across the city and its outskirts in abandoned industrial sites, apartment buildings, malls, municipal parks and parking lots.

All the artworks are studied, situated in a visual history of art, but with attempts to break or re-establish those traditional codes. For example, Kenneth Lavallee uses local customary craft to create a massive visual colour field in one of the city’s common pedestrian skyways, and Silke Otto-Knapp transforms dense and laboured paintings into a mammoth degradable poster-wall, while Andrea Roberts inscribes a text from 550 BCE on to industrial waste. Each of these instances grab from historical processes and sources, reframing them within a contemporary context to re-interpret, critique or revitalize their references.

Some of the artworks in STAGES are presented in order to redefine its own worth. Like Raymond Boisjoly who brings insular and philosophical art discourse into the street, or Daniel Buren who upends the economy of an artist’s labour and value by offering his artwork as common wallpaper at discount prices. Joar Nango gives name and weight to an aesthetics and labour that is often overlooked, reframing common building practices as a discernible methodology. Here, and with the work of FASTWÜRMS who choreograph elaborate rituals to capture their process of production, the importance of the final product is paralleled with its process.

STAGES 2019 is generously supported by:
Presenting Sponsor | The Winnipeg Foundation
Featured Artist Sponsor | Mike Nesbitt
Major Sponsors | Daniel Friedman & Rob Dalgliesh; James & Leney Richardson
Engaging Sponsors | Susan Glass & Arni Thorsteinson, DIALOG design, BLDG architecture office inc.
Supporting Sponsors | The French Embassy, Toronto; Downtown Biz

STAGES would not be possible with our Community Partners: the Alt Hotel, Alliance Francaise, Duke of Kent Legion, Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg Tourism, Studio 393, Lewyc ICA, Leon A Brown Ltd, Shelter Canadian Properties Ltd, Trotzdem Inc., Winnipeg Art Gallery, Festival de Voyageur and X-cues.

Acknowledgements
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are in the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations. Plug In ICA is situated in Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of Anishinaabe peoples. Treaty 1, was signed in 1871, taking this territory from seven local Anishinaabe First Nations in order to make the land available for settler use and ownership. (referenced from the University of Winnipeg)
Plug In ICA extends our heartfelt gratitude to our generous donors, valued members, and dedicated volunteers. We acknowledge the sustaining support of our Director’s Circle. You all make a difference.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We could not operate without their continued financial investment and lobbying efforts.

Plug In ICA relies on community support to remain free and accessible to all, and enable us to continue to present excellent programs. Please consider becoming a member of Plug In ICA and a donor at https://plugin.org/support or by contacting Angela Forget: angela@plugin.org

For more information on this program and STAGES biennial, contact Rachael Thorleifson at rachael@plugin.org. For general information, please contact: info@plugin.org or call 1.204.942.1043

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