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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Showing Up, Speaking Out welcomes community participation on the theme of “recreation” in collaboration with visiting artist, Inge Hoonte

August 29, 2010

Winnipeg (August 29, 2010)

Showing Up, Speaking Out is a four-week project offering Winnipeggers unique opportunities to speak out on important topics such as housing, poverty, and accessibility by co-creating temporary art works in public spaces with local and visiting artists. This project is about how art can help us express ourselves while building community. It also emphasizes the legitimacy of public space as a site for conversation about about city life.

To participate, community members are invited to attend free workshops focused on brainstorming ideas and creating art to be displayed and/or performed as a group. The works will be presented in various locations across Winnipeg and aceartinc. (2nd floor, 290 McDermot Ave.) will host photos, notes and other related items left by participants about their their involvement as an installation that will transform over time.

Inge Hoonte (Netherlands/USA) is the first of five artists/artist groups involved with Showing Up, Speaking Out. She will work with participants at Art City (616 Broadway) on September 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. On Sunday, September 5 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., she will work with a wider range of community members at aceartinc.

Participation is free and all are welcome! Please join us!

Artist biography: Hoonte orchestrates and documents human interaction, communication, and physicality in public and private settings. Her multidisciplinary approach combines writing, performance, audio, video, and community-based projects. Hoonte has presented her work throughout the United States (i.e. the Whitney Biennial, New York City), Canada (i.e. Toronto Free Gallery), and elsewhere (i.e. Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki). Hoonte holds a BFA in Visual Art and Public Space from the School of the Arts Arnhem, Netherlands, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Other participating artists will include: Tomas Jonsson (Calgary) on housing and poverty, Deborah Kelly (Australia) on diversity, Kristin Nelson (Winnipeg) on accessibility, and Stop Violence Against Aboriginal Women Action Group including collaborating artist Leah Decter (Winnipeg).

As part of First Fridays (http://www.firstfridayswinnipeg.org),Winnipeggers are welcome to drop in to Showing Up, Speaking Out at aceartinc. on September 3 between 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. to learn more about how to this project works, and how to get involved. Information is also available at http://www.showingupspeakingout.ca. Please visit often for regular updates.

This project is made possible thanks to partnerships with many local organizations: aceartinc., Art City, Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, newinnipeg.net, RAW: Gallery of Architecture and Design, Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, The University of Winnipeg’s Students’ Association, Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, and Video Pool Media Arts Centre.

Generous financial support for this project has been made available by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Winnipeg Arts Council.

News releases will be issued throughout the duration of this project to share details about each element. A growing calendar of events can be found at http://www.showingupspeakingout.ca/get-involved.

For more information, please contact:

Milena Placentile, Independent Curator
showingupspeakingout @ gmail [dot] com
http://www.showingupspeakingout.ca
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