Focusing on information and perspectives that have been misrepresented, suppressed, ignored, or otherwise excluded from mainstream discussion, Pinky and her friends use a variety of formats (i.e. online videos, visual art, books and 'zines, blogging, etc.) to explore the unseen world in ways that are easy to understand, with special attention given to reconnecting information (plentiful in our contemporary world) to its oft-ignored ethical and moral dimensions.
The Pinky Show's video episodes are generally organized around "simple" questions: What is settler colonialism? Is the War in Iraq legal or illegal? How do we get rid of nuclear weapons? They consider the mainstreaming of progressive ideals to be a foundational component to any broad strategy to create a more aware citizenry - one that is more apt to understand, support, and participate in the vital work being done by the many thousands of social change organizations established throughout the world.
In addition to material production, they also deploy human representatives to carry out their educational objectives via diverse forms of community programming including workshops and other public presentations, exhibitions, and agitprop dissemination. Some examples include Picturing Politics: Artists Speak Truth to Power (Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia), Encounter on Radical Education (Ljubljana, Slovenia), and study circles and workshops with the Center for Hegemony Studies (Honolulu, Hawaii).
Class Treason Stories (excerpts) seeks to provoke questions about the nature of education and the application of knowledge for either socially beneficent or individualist and competitive purposes. It enquires about the transformations we could each undertake in order to move toward a genuinely ethical state of being.
A well-established internet phenomenon with fans worldwide, this exhibition marks The Pinky Show’s first visit to Canada. After launching at Gallery 1C03, Class Treason Stories (excerpts) will travel to Toronto Free Gallery in January 2010.
The Pinky Show is a project of Associated Animals Inc. - a non-profit educational organization based in the United States.
For more information, visit www.PinkyShow.org. Also, keep a look out for the next issue of FUSE Magazine, which will feature an interview with Pinky and Bunny!
The Pinky Show: Class Treason Stories (excerpts) runs from November 12 - December 12, 2009
- Opening reception: Thursday, November 12 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. (Gallery 1C03)
- Off campus artist talk: Thursday, November 12 beginning at 7:00 p.m. (aceartinc. - 2nd Fl., 290 McDermot Ave.)
- On campus artist talk: Friday, November 13 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (University of Winnipeg, Room 2C15)
- Workshop with students at the University of Manitoba School of Art: Friday, November 13; Details TBA
Members of the media are invited to arrange interviews with the artist between November 9 – 13, 2009.
Gallery 1C03 and the artists wish to acknowledge the generous support provided by the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies and Cliff Eyland.
Image: The Pinky Show, Isolated in a Self-Serving Fantasy, 2009.