Mixed Company: RBC CONVENTION CENTRE - 375 YORK AVENUE, WINNIPEG, MB, TREATY 1, June 25 - 27

June 25 - 27, 2020

RBC CONVENTION CENTRE

375 YORK AVENUE

WINNIPEG, MB, TREATY 1

Through social and transformative movements such as Idle No More and Black Lives Matter, along with the rise of neo-fascism and xenophobia, the visibility of racial discord feels unrelenting as we scroll through news and social media feeds. The deepening divide has centred on the dominance of whiteness and white supremacy. In response to the continued expectation for non-white individuals to elucidate oppression and trauma for the benefit of whiteness, MIXED COMPANY is a proposal to decentre whiteness by focusing on the nuances of racial dynamics within the "visible minority."

Starting with a keynote delivery by Lisa Lowe—who will be joined in a post-talk conversation with Katherine McKittrick—MIXED COMPANY will feature a national and international roster of speakers, including Tania Willard, Erin Christovale, Daina Warren, Patrick Cruz, Jaime Isaac, Sampada Aranke, Cathy Mattes, Ajay Kurian, Lori Blondeau, Eunsong Kim, Peter Morin, Curtis Santiago, Native Art Department (Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan), Jessica Lynne and more.

We look to our peers in the cultural sector to join us in a multi-day conversation that will include keynote addresses, peer-led sessions, artistic presentations, and other forms of exchange and dialogue in Winnipeg/ Treaty 1. Encouraging non-traditional formats, the convening will offer critiques, strategies, and honest reflections on topics potentially ranging from: intersectional racialized perspectives and perpetuations of settler colonialism; anti-blackness and the complexities of coalition building and solidarity; the privilege of passing and considered structures of legibility; intimate sabotage or how to persevere and thrive after we have failed our community, and most importantly, ourselves; the importance of creating a space for care and sustainability in a cultural landscape that has often made little to no room for or worse, made us compete against one another within silos of "diversity." The ultimate goal of this colloquium is to generate a meaningful exchange between peers and to consider how non-white methodologies can reshape cultural production and practice.

MIXED COMPANY is organized by Kim Nguyen, Divya Mehra, and Amy Fung, who as curators, artists, and writers have been engaged in contemporary visual arts across North America.

Registration is now open and the deadline for our Open Call to program one panel at MIXED COMPANY is January 15, 2020. Please visit mixedcompany.ca for all details and a full schedule announcement coming Spring 2020.

All inquiries may be directed to info@mixedcompany.ca

MIXED COMPANY is generously sponsored by The Canada Council for the Arts and Tourism Manitoba.