Gallery 1C03: Performance by Luna & Closing Reception for Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet, November 20

November 20, 2018

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Remarks at 4:30 pm by Noor Bhangu, Exhibition Curator, and Dr. Angela Failler, Canada Research Chair in Culture and Public Memory at the University of Winnipeg. Performance by Luna immediately following remarks.

Join us for a special closing reception of Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet: Performative Body Archives in Contemporary Art. Winnipeg-based Indigenous Chilean artist Luna will present a new performance that responds to the horrors of the 1973 Chilean Coup D'Etat. We will also launch an online pdf publication related to this exhibition, featuring curatorial essay by Noor Bhangu, poetry by Sharanpal Ruprai, and critical response by Dunja Kovčević. Following Luna's performance, Bhangu will lead a tour of the exhibition.

From the artist:

On September 11, 1973 the democratically elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, was overthrown by General Augusto Pinochet. Few recognize Canada's role in the U.S. backed coup and how the Trudeau government continued to financially support the dictatorship directly responsible for the deaths, torture and disappearances of hundreds of thousands of Chileans. In my performance, I take up visual powerful symbols from religion and popular culture to work through the knots that are Chilean history and contemporary identity.

Luna is an interdisciplinary indigenous artist. Born in Chile, Luna eventually moved to Canada and, while continuing to travel extensively, she currently resides in Winnipeg. The female human body plays a primary role in Luna's recent work. Luna explores the connections between classical music and the human body, as well as its connection to storytelling. The artist is devoted to community education and activism. Currently, Luna is working on the Dream Room Project, which seeks to provide children suffering from life-threatening illnesses with the opportunity to work with artists to decorate their rooms in original and creative ways.

Gallery 1C03 wishes to acknowledge financial assistance for our 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.

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