Gallery 1C03: Yearning for Comfort, Not Cure - Curated by Adele Ruhdorfer, January 9 - February 8, Opening Reception January 9

Art exhibit opening at Gallery 1C03, The University of Winnipeg:

Yearning for Comfort, Not Cure

Curated by Adele Ruhdorfer

Exhibit dates: January 9 – February 8, 2020


Yvette Cenerini

Lux Habrich

Bram Keast

melannie monoceros

Laurence Philomène

Jesse Turner

Yearning for Comfort, Not Cure is a group exhibition curated by University of Winnipeg History of Art student Adele Ruhdorfer. In this exhibition, six national artists explore their varied embodied experiences with disability, chronic illness, and madness, which are materialized and given form through the labour-intensive processes of performance, craft-based, and digital media. In addition to exploring the theme of complex embodiment, the artists deal more specifically with dis/comfort, chronicity and temporality, collage and fragmentation, familial histories, interdependence, sensory variance, and the compounding social effects that race and gender have on their bodies. Artists include Yvette Cenerini, Lux Habrich, Bram Keast, melannie monoceros, Laurence Philomène, and Jesse Turner.

In exploring the creative diversity within the disability, chronically ill, and mad community, Yearning for Comfort, Not Cure attempts to de-stabilize the disempowering medicalized discourse and emphasis on cure. The creative process itself is framed as the counterpoint to this normative discourse, by becoming a site of refuge, catharsis, and validation for both artist and viewer. By creating and holding the space to explore their varied experiences of trauma, grief, ambiguity, confusion, and exhaustion, the artists are also able to create experiences of joy, pride, and comfort within their own body-minds. However, this process of vulnerably sharing and externalizing their experiences extends far beyond themselves, allowing for the building of a wider community. It is within this social community, where we de-emphasize the role of cure for the individualized body, that more comfort and care can be created for all.

Gallery 1C03 wishes to acknowledge to the following University of Winnipeg departments and programs for their support of this project: History, Disability Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and Accessibility Services. We are also grateful to the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies, greenhouse artlab, Window Gallery, and the Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba for their partnership on this exhibition's programming.

Affiliated programming:

Offsite exhibition: Window Gallery, a 24 hour display window on the outside of the Artspace Building located at street level in Winnipeg on Bannatyne Avenue between King and Arthur Streets. Featuring work by melannie monoceros.

Reception: January 9, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Gallery 1C03

Featuring a durational performance by Jesse Turner. Remarks at 4:30 pm.

Additional performances by Jesse Turner at Gallery 1C03:

January 14, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

January 17, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

January 28, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

February 6, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Lecture by Diane Driedger: January 31 at 1:00 pm in Room 2C15 at The University of Winnipeg

Panel discussion: February 4 at 2:30 pm in Convocation Hall at The University of Winnipeg
Featuring Yvette Cenerini, Bram Keast, melannie monoceros and Jesse Turner. Moderated by Adele Ruhdorfer.

Gallery 1C03 hours: Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., Saturday: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Open 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on February 6.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Accessibility: Gallery 1C03 is located on ground level of Centennial Hall. There are accessible and gender-neutral washrooms on campus. Please consult the accessibility map on the University of Winnipeg website for more detailed information.

ASL can be arranged for our events with two weeks' advance notice by contacting the Gallery.

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Gibson, Director/Curator

Gallery 1C03, 1st floor Centennial Hall

The University of Winnipeg

515 Portage Avenue

Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9

Ph: 204-786-9253