Using the artworks in A Practice in Gestures as a launching point, join curator Nan Capogna, artists Farheen HaQ, Deborah Koenker and Bettina Matzkuhn for an online discussion about maintaining an art practice through children, family and the associations with ‘women’s work’.
Throughout the history of art, decoration and domestic handicrafts have been devalued as women’s work, specifically because it was associated with the domestic and the feminine. The artists will address their work with textiles and domestic themes, and how they navigate the art world as mothers, caregivers, and contemporary artists.
This event will include time for Q+A by participants to join in th
This event will include time for Q+A by participants to join in the live-streamed conversation.
Live-streamed on the Zoom platform (registration required).
Live English transcription and captions provided by the Otter.ai app.
Chat feature open for participants to send their questions and comments to panelists.
About the Exhibition:
A Practice in Gestures draws together works by six artists living and working in BC ¬– Farheen HaQ, Deborah Koenker, Bev Koski, Mitra Mahmoodi, Bettina Matzkuhn, and Barbara Zeigler. The exhibition includes textile works – beading and embroidery – video, ceramic, and mixed media. The divergent works share a vocabulary of simple gestures rooted in domestic familiarity that give shape to meaningful rituals and practices while confronting colonial and patriarchal narratives as well as critical environmental imperatives.
Spanning decades, the artists’ practices range from emerging to over forty years. The selected works foreground the artist’s relationship with materials, their methodologies and the significance of gestures, rituals, and practices. Centuries-old gestures and practices are recast and contemporized, and demonstrate the potential of small, intimate gestures to expand from the personal and poetic, to the globally relevant. More info here.