Flux Gallery: Gather – Group Exhibition, July 26 - August 26

Flux Gallery
Gather – Flux Gallery Group Exhibition
Opening reception: Thursday, July 26, 7-10pm.
The exhibition runs July 26 to August 26, 2018
Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 12-5pm

Exhibition Statement:
For Flux Gallery's first curated exhibition, Hassaan Ashraf, Niamh Dooley, Ekene Maduka, and Emma Mayer have been grouped together under the theme of portraiture and textiles. "Gather" is an exhibition that includes painting, performance, textiles, multi-media work, photography, and collage. "Gather" speaks to identity formations in relation to garments, fashion, and cultural transience. From humourous, sentimental, or nostalgic; to confrontational, empowering, or inviting; the subjects in these works gesture towards an engagement between artist and subject, artist and viewer, and viewer and subject. Through acts of cultural jamming and resistance Ashraf, Dooley, Maduka, and Mayer recontextualize the textiles and garments they utilize—at times evidenced by the maker's hand, and at other times evidenced by the subjects' gaze and mood.

"Gather" is curated by Noor Bhangu, Christina Hajjar, Pablo Javier Castillo Huerta, and Mariana Muñoz Gomez on behalf of Flux Gallery

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Bios:
Hassaan Ashraf is a multi-disciplinary artist who moved to Winnipeg in 2012 to pursue a Master's degree in Fine Arts. His practice reflects on his journey as a displaced artist, dealing with themes of cross-cultural experience, diaspora, homesickness, culture shock, global culture, post-colonialism, politics and the west's discomfort with alien cultures.

Niamh Dooley: I am an Oji-Cree and Irish contemporary artist based in Winnipeg. I predominantly focus on the exploration of identity and the relationships between Indigenous people, past and present, and connecting them with both traditional and contemporary materials.

Ekene Maduka: As a black female artist, it is important for me to make my identity apparent. Living in Nigeria and being surrounded by a majority of people who looked like me made me inattentive to the fact that in parts of the world, I was a minority. Leaving home
changed my perspective on that matter: For me, it is important to share my story and culture with people unaware of it and add to an art community that has for so long been dominated by a western male presence.

Emma Mayer is an emerging interdisciplinary artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has studied at the School of Art at the University of Manitoba and at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the University of Manitoba in 2018. Presently, she works across various media including video, drawing, sculpture, zine-making and photography. Her work explores interpersonal relationships, personal narratives and melodrama.

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Accessibility:
The gallery's building is not fully accessible. There are 5 steps before the elevator. For details visit: https://www.aceart.org/contact-access#accessibility or call (204) 944-9763. Staff are very happy to assist in any way we can. Please let us know of any arrangements that would make your visit as comfortable as possible.

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