Jessie Caryl is a writer and curator of contemporary art who has curated group exhibitions at Catriona Jeffries Gallery, the Belkin Satellite, and the Surrey Art Gallery, and a selection of historical catalogues at the Blackwood Gallery. During the past five years she has written about works of contemporary art on a monthly basis and her texts have been read and re-published widely. She is presently researching the historical development of photography as a means to document physiological time, in relation to altered states of consciousness, gendered experience, and social chronometry. Caryl has an MA in Art History (Critical Curatorial Studies) from the University of British Columbia.
Elizabeth MacKenzie has exhibited her installations and videotapes nationally and internationally since the early eighties. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art with an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan, her practice includes an ongoing commitment to collaboration, curating, writing and teaching.
Marina Roy is Vancouver-based artist and writer whose work explores the intersection between language and visual art. She received her BA in French Literature at Université Laval, a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and her MFA from the University of British Columbia. She has shown nationally and internationally, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery, the Or Gallery Berlin, Gallery Sumukha, Chennai & Bengaluru, India, and Chisenhale Gallery, London. Roy was recipient of the VIVA award in 2010. In 2001 she published sign after the x (Artspeak/Arsenal Pulp Press), a book that revolves around the letter X and its multiple meanings. She is currently working on the next book, titled Queuejumping. She is Associate Professor of Visual Art at the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia.
Persistence: An Archive of Feminist Practices in Vancouver
JESSIE CARYL, CRISTA DAHL, JENNIFER FISHER, ELIZABETH MACKENZIE, MARINA ROY
November 8–January 31, 2009
Organized by Artspeak with Jessie Caryl, Crista Dahl, Jennifer Fisher, Elizabeth MacKenzie and Marina Roy
Persistence: An Archive of Feminist Practices in Vancouver is part of a citywide dialogue with the exhibition WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution. WACK!, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, explores the formation, development and impact of feminism in post-war international contemporary art from 1965 to 1980. Artspeak is presenting a collection of printed material that offers a local perspective on feminist art production from the 1970s to the early 90s.
Artspeak will exhibit ephemera and texts that span the creative experimentation, political action and critical inquiry of a wide array of feminist artists and arts collectives working in Vancouver. Including production catalogues, screening guides, event posters, announcements, as well as other documents, this collection of material allows for an examination of the dynamic contribution local practices have made to both the feminist project and creative culture at large.
Persistence: An Archive of Feminist Practices in Vancouver has been organized to compliment VIVO Media Arts Centre’s parallel screening project November 7-8 Persistent Resistence: Early Feminist Video in Vancouver and takes its materials largely from VIVO’s archives. See www.vivomediaarts.com for more information.