Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet: Performative Body Archives

Noor Bhangu, ©UWinnipeg

Noor Bhangu, ©UWinnipeg

Come explore memory, history and representations of the female and non-binary body through painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video, audio, and performance works at Gallery 1C0s’s current exhibition, Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet: Performative Body Archives in Contemporary Art. This is an inaugural Gallery 1C03 exhibit curated by a graduate of the UWinnipeg’s Master’s in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices program. Noor Bhangu,  is an emerging curator of South Asian descent and Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet is her first exhibition as an independent curator. This exhibit runs until Saturday, November 24, 2018.

“Noor has curated this exhibition with great passion, rigour and intellect,” said Gallery 1C03’s Director/Curator Jennifer Gibson. “She is a shining example of the future of critically engaged curatorial work.”

This feminist art exhibit features the work of 10 national and international artists. The artworks relate memories and stories of the artists. Each story is unique, showcasing the creators’ experiences as women and non-binary, queer, Indigenous, people of colour, and white settler artists. This includes stories of displacement, diasporic movement, body image, aging, psychic trauma and, especially, survivance.

Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet artists include Susan Aydan Abbott, Kablusiak (Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter), Sarah Ciurysek, Dayna Danger, Christina Hajjar, Ayqa Khan, Luna, Matea Radic, Sophie Sabet, and Leesa Streifler.

“This exhibition is a way of speaking back to history and similar structures of power that have either excluded or marginalized women, queer, and non-binary folks,” shared Bhangu. “I wanted to ask: what does this absence mean and how are contemporary visual artists negotiating their moves away from historical ways of doing history? I was also really inspired and humbled by the breadth and depth of each artist’s approach to history – while there was really no one way of doing history for them, they did manage to come together to advocate for a feminist reading that acknowledged embodiment, agency, memory, and boundary-making.”

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.

Noor Bhangu Biography
Bhangu completed her BA in the History of Art and her MA in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices from the University of Winnipeg, where she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship. She recently completed her internship as the Gallery Program Assistant at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art Gallery, where she curated four collection-based exhibitions and one student group show over seven months. She is based between Winnipeg and Toronto. This past fall, she began her PhD in Communication and Culture at Ryerson/York University as a Ryerson Graduate Fellow.

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 |

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