There is SO much going on this week in Ottawa, it’s hard to know where to begin!
Northern Scene kicks off tonight at the NAC and continues until the end of next weekend. I’ve written up what I’m looking forward to in theatre, music, visual arts, and film but I limited myself to two picks for each category and there is SO much more to do. Be sure to check out the full list and see what appeals to you! Definitely participate in SWARM to get the best bang for your buck (especially since it’s free!): many of Ottawa’s art galleries will be open late and offer tours, creative workshops, music, and performances. Bike, walk, or take the free shuttle buses!
Tonight, Charles Stankievech will be giving an artist talk, which will combinine archival material, scientific theories, geopolitical maps and the artist’s own fieldworks, and reflect on ideas of military colonialism and communication technology embedded in the sublime landscape. There will also be a sneak peek of his newest installation, The Soniferous Æther of The Land Beyond The Land Beyond, which will be on view at the City Hall Art Gallery.
On Friday night, be sure to drop by La Petite Mort to check out new works by up-and-coming Ottawa photographer Olivia Johnston. In FALLEN, Johnston’s considerable skill in portraiture is focused on female figures from the Bible - think Eve, Jael, and all those other names from Sunday School. Their stories are often those of rape, sacrifice, and silence, and Johnston’s powerful photographs call upon the viewer to reflect on how the Bible has influenced perceptions of womanhood, even until today. More from Peter Simpson here.
Besides SWARM, CUAG has three (!) events coming up this week, so take your pick! For Dorset Seen, we are screening a film, Kinngait: Riding Light into the World, and Q&A with the director Annette Mangaard on Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday, artist Tim Pitsiulak will be joined by NGC curator Christine Lalonde for a conversation about his large-scale drawings. On Tuesday, the curator of Dawson Gold, Heather Anderson, will be joined in a conversation with installation and performance artist Valerie Salez. Salez will also be at the NAC on Friday night for the SWARM after party to lead a fun workshop, inspired by life in the Yukon.
That’s it for now! Have a good week eveyone, and hope to see you tomorrow night at CUAG! Did I mention we’re giving out swag bags? CUAGSWAGBAGS?
Image: Olivia Johnston, Susanna (Katelin), 2013. Photograph.