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Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet: Performative Body Archives in Contemporary Art

Gallery 1C03


view of the side of a woman's face and neck with text below that reads what else should I say?

Sophie Sabet, Though I am Silent, I Shake, 2017, excerpt from single channel video. Courtesy of the artist.

September 13 - November 24, 2018

Opening reception: Thursday, September 13, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Gallery 1C03
Remarks at 4:30 pm by Dr. Roewan Crowe. Featuring performance by Christina Hajjar and exhibition tour by curator Noor Bhangu.

Workshop with Ayqa Khan for young feminists of colour, 18-28 years of age: Saturday, September 15, 1:00 – 3:00 pm at Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA), 611 Main Street.
More information on MAWA's website.

Panel discussion: Monday, September 17 at 2:30 pm in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, 3rd floor of Centennial Hall. Moderated by Noor Bhangu and featuring Sarah Ciurysek, Dayna Danger and Ayqa Khan.
Watch the discussion on our Artist Talks page.

Curatorial tour: Tuesday, September 18 at 11:00 am in Gallery 1C03 with Noor Bhangu.

Body image workshop with Leesa Streifler for female and non-binary folks: Friday, October 19, 2:30 - 4:30 pm at the greenhouse artlab. More information here.

Two-part GIF-making workshop with Matea Radic for female and non-binary folks: Friday, November 9 and Friday, November 16, 12:30 - 2:30 pm at the greenhouse artlab. More information here.

Exhibition tour in Punjabi with curator Noor Bhangu: Monday, November 19 at 3:00 pm at Gallery 1C03.

Closing reception: Tuesday, November 20, 4:00 - 6:00 pm at Gallery 1C03.
Remarks at 4:30 pm by Dr. Angela Failler. Followed immediately by performance by artist Luna responding to the 1973 Chilean Coup d'Etat. We will also launch the exhibition’s online pdf publication, featuring curatorial essay by Noor Bhangu, poetry by Dr. Sharanpal Ruprai and a critical response by Dunja Kovacevic.

ASL can be provided for these events with two weeks' notice by contacting the Gallery's Director/Curator.

Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet: Performative Body Archives in Contemporary Art is a group exhibition curated by University of Winnipeg alumna Noor Bhangu. The exhibition features the work of 10 national and international artists that explore representations of the female and non-binary body through painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video, audio, and performance works. Artists include Susan Aydan Abbott, Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter, Sarah Ciurysek, Dayna Danger, Christina Hajjar, Ayqa Khan, Luna, Matea Radic, Sophie Sabet, and Leesa Streifler.

Using the “filing cabinet” as a metaphor for a feminist archive and archiving practices, Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet unpacks the ways in which the body itself can be a location for personal and collective histories. In particular, the focus is on issues of body image, aging, psychic trauma, displacement, diasporic movement and, most importantly, cultural survivance. This exhibition decisively presents a challenge to official archives by elevating the agency of women, queer, and non-binary artists in narrating their own stories from places of localized knowledge. In doing so, it signifies the female body as a worked surface that can be worked again in the present and future.


Gallery 1C03 gratefully acknowledges financial assistance for this programming from the Winnipeg Arts Council and Manitoba Arts Council and partnerships with Mentoring Artists for Women's Art, Queer People of Colour, the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies, the University of Winnipeg's Department of Women's and Gender Studies and the greenhouse feminist artlab.

Gallery 1C03 hours: Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., Saturday: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Closed Monday, October 8.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
Physical accessibility: Gallery 1C03 is located on ground level, but visitors may require the assistance of the gallery attendant to open the gallery door.

For more information contact:
Jennifer Gibson, Director/Curator, Gallery 1C03
1st floor, Centennial Hall, The University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9
204.786.9253 | j.gibson@uwinnipeg.ca