Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Panel Discussion on March 22 for "I like to believe I am telling the truth"

Gallery 1C03 & Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre present a panel discussion related to the exhibition Chris Reid: I like to believe I am telling the truth.

Featured panelists include Dr. Pauline Greenhill, Dr. Svitlana Kukharenko and Dr. Mavis Reimer.

Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall (3rd floor of Centennial Hall) The University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue Free Admission NOTE: Gallery 1C03 will be open to the public immediately prior to the panel on March 22 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The exhibition I like to believe I am telling the truth includes large-scale pastel drawings, quirky re-interpretations of Ukrainian Easter eggs and multi-media sculptural installations that incorporate recycled and found objects. Through these diverse media, artist Chris Reid invents lush visual narratives containing a sundry cast of characters – from folkloric symbols of her Ukrainian heritage and her husband’s African heritage such as Baba Yaga buildings and Anansi the spider to idiosyncratic anthropomorphic cats, dolls, bunnies and bread – that play out their actions in surreal prairie landscapes and unsettling domestic environments.

Three academics have been invited to share their current research as it relates to themes in the exhibition. Dr. Pauline Greenhill, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Winnipeg, will present “That’s Not Folklore! (A)Musings on Art and Tradition” which includes a discussion of how Raymond Williams’ ideas of archaic, residual and emergent traditions focus an understanding of processes linking folklore and art. For her presentation "Folklore Characters as Perceived by People, Art and the Media", Joint Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Manitoba’s Department of German and Slavic Studies and Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies Dr. Svitlana Kukharenko will deliver an overview of anthropomorphism in Ukrainian folklore. She will also speak to representations of Baba Yaga and Koshchey in Russian high art and Soviet cinema. Dr. Mavis Reimer is Canada Research Chair in Young People's Texts and Cultures, and Professor of English at The University of Winnipeg. In "No Place Like Home: Some Thoughts about Unhoming in Contemporary Culture", Dr. Reimer will talk about the ways in which the ideas of place, the relationships and the feelings associated with "home" are disrupted in contemporary culture. She will focus on the ways in which the work by Chris Reid can be read beside a group of Canadian narratives for young people that represent and encode such unhomings. Following the presentations, audience members are encouraged to engage in a question and answer dialogue with the panelists.

The exhibition I like to believe I am telling the truth continues at Gallery 1C03 & Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre until April 14. Regular Gallery 1C03 hours are Monday – Friday: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Saturday: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Regular hours at Oseredok are Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Gallery 1C03 is closed April 6 and Oseredok is closed April 6 and April 13. Admission to both venues is free and all are welcome!

Gallery 1C03 and Oseredok gratefully acknowledge financial assistance from The University of Winnipeg, Manitoba Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the Wasyl Topolnicky Memorial Foundation Inc. for this project.

Image: Chris Reid, Screaming Bread Flees Grain Elevator, 2010, hard pastel on paper, 50” x 60”. Courtesy of the artist.

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