we only liberate ourselves
6:30pm - 7:30pm – Talk / Discussion with Pansee Atta, Alexis Shotwell + Andi Vicente, with questions from the audience
7:30pm – 10:00pm – Reception with drinks + public outdoor projection
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Join us at the Mill St. Brew Pub for a discussion and closing reception for Pansee Atta’s site-specific video projection 𝘸𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘣𝘺 𝘣𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳, visible at the base of the Brew Pub along the Ottawa River, and presented as part of Knot Projections 2019: Imagining Publics, a special public art project by SAW Video Media Art Centre, with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Preceding a reception with drinks, we are pleased to present an on-site discussion taking the work as a point of departure to navigate the structures, commitments and affects of solidarity and inter-dependence that Atta’s work investigates and performs – modes of relation that are central mobilizers to collective action and social movements more broadly. The discussion will begin with a brief artist talk by Pansee Atta about her work, followed by presentations and comments around these themes and processes, viewed through contemporary and local concerns by Alexis Shotwell and Andi Vicente (bios below).
Alexis Shotwell teaches and writes in Ottawa, on unceded Algonquin territory, where she’s a part of the Punch Up anarchist collective. She is the co-investigator for the AIDS Activist History Project (aidsactivisthistory.ca), and author of Knowing Otherwise: Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding and Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times.
Adrienne (Andi) Vicente a queer filipinx second generation immigrant settler on Algonquin Territory. Her work revolves around community building, grassroots advocacy, decolonization, undoing border imperialism and creating safe and inclusive spaces. They are a full spectrum doula and have a decade of experience helping folks with precarious status navigate immigration systems. Andi is also on the board for Kind Space, Planned Parenthood and the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre.
Pansee Atta is an emerging Egyptian-Canadian artist and scholar whose practice considers themes of colonization, feminism, and Muslim representation, as well as the role of Canadian cultural institutions in legacies of epistemic violence. Her multimedia practice includes new media forms such as GIF animation, 3d-printed and laser cut sculpture, as well as installation, painting, and video work. Previous exhibitions have taken place at La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Z Art Space in Montreal, MSVU Art Gallery and others.