MAWA: Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art: Theory and Beer: Women’s Art: Pakitstan and the West with Hassaan Ashraf, April 26

Thursday, April 26, 2018


Duke of Kent Legion, 227 McDermot Ave.

Free! No need to register, just come!

In "Guerrilla Girls: Feminist Art, Then and Now," Salima Hashmi explores the parallel histories of Western feminist visual art and women's art in Pakistan. As Hashmi writes, "There were, and continue to be, subversive undercurrents and covert acts of rebellion in the work of women artists [in Pakistan]. The body is still the site of rebellion, the covering and uncovering of which is fertile and convoluted." Not the feminism of middle-class white women, "their work continues to be entangled in the complication of being a female in Pakistani society," often in the context of broader political struggles.

Hassaan Ashraf is a multidisciplinary artist from Lahore, Pakistan, who works in mediums ranging from video and photography to sculpture and Urdu calligraphy. They deal with themes of cross-cultural experience, diaspora, homesickness, culture shock, global culture, post-colonialism, political and cultural difference. To explore/express these ideas, they draw on their own experience as a Lahori who has never been a part of a diaspora, never lived as a minority, and never even been to a foreign country before coming to Winnipeg.


About Theory and Beer: It's fun! It's theoretical! And you don't have to drink beer! MAWA presents informal critical discussion led by guest facilitators. Theory and Beer convenes on Thursday evenings, once a month. Each meeting has a text-based focus, with weblinks to readings provided in advance (go to to click on the links). Do the readings beforehand or come to the Legion at 6:15 pm and pick up a copy of the text(s). The more familiar you are with the readings, the more the conversation will "cook"! The Legion is wheelchair accessible. People of all genders welcome.