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  • Inge Hoonte (Netherlands/USA)  orchestrates and documents human interaction, communication and physicality in both public and private settings. Her multi-disciplinary approach combines writing, performance, audio, video, and community-based projects. Inge’s work has appeared at the Whitney Biennial through Neighborhood Public Radio, Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery, FiveMyles, 3rd Ward (Brooklyn/NYC); Diaspora Vibe Gallery (Miami); 321 Colton School (New Orleans); NPR Radio, Columbia College A+D Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago); Southern Exposure (San Francisco); labotanica (Houston); Saskatchewan Communications Network; Toronto Free Gallery; Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki); Consortium (Amsterdam), and TENT (Rotterdam). Inge received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a BFA in Visual Art and Public Space from the School of the Arts Arnhem, Netherlands. She lectured at the Cleveland Institute of Art and is an active member on the board of labotanica, a project that intersects creativity and social transformation.

    Inge Hoonte with Thea Miklowski, "Bike Escorts"

  • As an artist, curator and writer, Tomas Jonsson is interested in issues of social agency in processes of urban growth and transformation. Tomas is pursuing a Masters in Environmental Studies at York University, with an emphasis on socially engaged planning. Tomas recently participated in the Border Cities Kolleg at the Bauhaus Institute in Dessau, Germany, where he developed projects with creative and precarious communities in Tallinn and Helsinki.  Tomas is currently Programming Coordinator at EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society in Calgary.

    Tomas Jonsson and community members in Calgary performing "On the Road Again"

  • Deborah Kelly has been making socially engaged artwork since 1983. Her collaborative projects include graphic civil disobedience on refugees and the prize-winning public artwork series Hey, hetero! with Tina Fiveash, which has appeared in public venues in many cities. She has given lectures and workshops around Australia and in Berlin, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Ottawa. She was invited by Martha Rosler to an artists’ residency in 2002, which led to a large collaborative artwork for Utopia Station at the 2003 Venice Biennale. Her work regarding religion in politics headlined at the 2008 Singapore Biennale. Significant actions include co-founding the art gang, producers of many public actions engaging ordinary Australians in the histories of race and nation; and Tank Man Tango, an independent 20-city participatory performance memorial for the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Deborah is based in Sydney, Australia.

    Deborah Kelly, "Tank Man Tango" performed by participants worldwide

  • Born in Ajax, Ontario, Kristin Nelson received her BFA in Visual Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2003. She is an inter-media artist inspired by questions of community, gender, politics and place. Kristin looks to challenge stereotypes of community through her artistic practice, valourizing those often made invisible. Her recent work includes an ongoing photographic drag king trading card project; a life size knitted hay bale; and etchings of Winnipeg parking lots. In 2008 Kristin completed a residency at the Banff Centre, Reverse Pedagogy, with artist Paul Butler. She currently works at the Manitoba Printmakers Association in Winnipeg and serves on the board of directors for the Manitoba Crafts Council. She has exhibited work at Centre A, Gallery Gachet and The Lowercase Gallery (Vancouver), at the Lyndon Center (Austin, Texas), Gallery 803 (Winnipeg) and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
  • Stop Violence Against Aboriginal Women Action Group (SVAAWAG) is a grass roots volunteer collective made up of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women working to address the disproportionate level of violence against Aboriginal women and girls. Collaborating artist Leah Decter is an active member of the group. The group began meeting informally in the fall of 2009 with the initial intent of generating concrete actions and strategies to effect change in the conditions that contribute to the perpetuation of this ongoing violence. In the spring of 2010, SVAAWAG organized a consultation and dialogue that included over forty individuals from relevant social service, activist, political and experiential communities to collect information and strategize on a local level. This resulted in a coalition being initiated to move forward with multiple approaches to addressing this issue. SVAAWAG members come to this work though a commitment to action, and with experience in community, program and economic development, research, socially engaged art practices, front line and anti-racism work, counseling, activism, and lobbying. SVAWAAG recognizes that there are more of these crimes against Aboriginal women because of factors arising from gender and race, such as misogyny and race-based oppression, that they are deeply embedded in legacies of colonization profoundly present in Winnipeg, and that they have devastating impacts on families, communities and individuals. We consider that broad awareness of these realities is one important factor in affecting change.
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