Friday, September 30, 2011

Gallery 1C03 and the University of Winnipeg Students' Association to screen Exit Through the Gift Shop with Panel Discussion to Follow

Together as part of the international documentary screening network Cinema Politica, Gallery 1C03 and the University of Winnipeg Students' Association (UWSA) will present the film Exit Through the Gift Shop in Room 2M70 on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Directed by internationally-renowned street artist Banksy, Exit Through the Gift Shop (UK, 2010) is presented in conjunction with Freestyle V, a week long festival organized by the UWSA where inner city youth, community members and students are invited to learn and create in a highly structured (and artistically driven) programming environment at The University of Winnipeg.
From the film's website:

"This is the inside story of Street Art - a brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide. Exit Through the Gift Shop follows an eccentric shop-keeper turned amateur film-maker as he attempts to capture many of the world's most infamous vandals on camera, only to have a British stencil artist named Banksy turn the camcorder back on its owner with wildly unexpected results."

"One of the most provocative films about art ever made, Exit Through the Gift Shop is a fascinating study of low-level criminality, comradeship and incompetence. By turns shocking, hilarious and absurd, this is an enthralling modern-day fairy-tale... with bolt cutters."

Please stay for discussion after the film with panelists Cliff Eyland, local artist, curator and art writer; Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ; Pat Lazo, Artistic Director of Graffiti Art Programming; and local artist Brent. Facilitated by UWSA Outreach and Special Projects Coordinator Ted Turner.

For more information about Exit Through the Gift Shop, visit:
For more information about the Cinema Politica network, please visit

All screenings will be open to all audiences - everyone is welcome. Admission is free, but donations to offset the costs of screening the film are welcome. Room 2M70 is located on the second floor of Manitoba Hall at The University of Winnipeg.

Gallery 1C03 and the UWSA wish to thank Cinema Politica for making it possible to participate in this network. We are gateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for generously supporting this initiative.

Image: Scene from Exit Through the Gift Shop by Banksy.

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