March 1, 2014
Somewhere within the city, a fire will be kept mid-afternoon. An offering of tea and bannock will be made to passersby. Here, a notice will be posted stating that the fire itself and the sound of our voices will be streamed live via video-camera and projected onto a large wall at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. A fire with people gathered around it for warmth becomes a poetic projection, a measure of the conceptual distance between the disparate realities that exist within our cities. The simultaneous positioning of myself as community member and as artist, questions the impact and role of the creative gesture. A giveaway will take place at both sites. – R. Belmore 2014
The Winnipeg Art Gallery and the University of Winnipeg’s Institute for Women’s & Gender Studies have commissioned acclaimed artist Rebecca Belmore to create Here, a new performance work in connection with the exhibition Off the Beaten Path: Women, Art and Violence. A live stream from the performance site to the WAG will run from 2-4pm. Presented in partnership also with MAWA and Ka Ni Kanichihk. Supported by the Manitoba Arts Council and the Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas.