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Milena Placentile is a Winnipeg-based curator and writer. Over the years, she has worked with various organizations including Video Pool Media Arts Centre (Winnipeg), SMART Project Space (Amsterdam), and the Ottawa Art Gallery. She recently served as Acting Director of the University of Winnipeg’s Gallery 1C03, and will soon begin a research residency at  Konstfack University of Art, Craft, and Design in Stockholm.

Holding a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto, Placentile maintains an interest in socially and politically engaged artistic practices, audience experience, and progressive cultural policy. She is a member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT). For her work as a curator, she has received generous support from organizations including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Winnipeg and Manitoba Arts Councils, the Consulate General of France in Toronto, the Henry Moore Foundation, and the International Association of Art Critics (Armenia).

In addition to commissioned critical responses, Placentile has written for Fuse, Border Crossings, Muse, Akimblog and LaPinta (Barcelona). She is a regional contributing editor to Fuse. Her recent exhibitions include No Time to Lose (Aberdeen, 2008), The Arts of Togetherness (Toronto, 2009), The Pinky Show: Class Treason Stories (excerpts) (Winnipeg, 2009; Toronto, 2010), Evan Tapper: Swoon (Winnipeg, 2010) and three online exhibitions for the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad: Competition, Corporatization, and Consumerism (2009/2010).


Based in Winnipeg, Leah Decter is an inter-media artist whose work integrates digital media, textiles, performance and dialogic/engaged practices. Her work is rooted in the spaces where material conditions and lived experience intersect with social and political issues. Ongoing investigations focus on relationships between place, identity and dis/location drawing on and critically examining both personal and historical narratives. Decter has exhibited widely in Canada, and internationally in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Europe. Her work has been supported through numerous awards and is held in the collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery as well as private collections in Canada, the United States,  and United Kingdom. Decter’s engaged practices have included large-scale collaborative public art and intervention projects in Vancouver, Toronto, and Winnipeg. She holds an MFA in New Media from Berlin-based Transart Institute where she is currently supervising graduate students. Her current projects consider trace and agency in contested urban public space through intensive social-spatial investigations, and enact interventions into reductive national narratives though theoretical, digital, material and dialogic explorations.  Leah is a member of Stop Violence Against Aboriginal Women Action Group.


Jessica Jacobson-Konefall is an MA Candidate in Cultural Studies at the University of Winnipeg. She is currently working on such disparate artists as Loie Fuller and the Graffiti Research Lab New York, and hopes to combine her interests in performance art and digital technology.  Forthcoming publications include “Revolutionary Mimesis in Popular Dance: The Performance of Abject Bodies in fin-de-siecle Paris” in Extensions: The Online Journal of Embodiment and Technology. She contributed to SUSO as a research assistant.

Matt Koop-Pearce was also on board to help facilitate collaborative art-making sessions, and to share information through blogging, twitter, etc.

Natasha Peterson contributed to SUSO as a research assistant.


Jess Koroscil created the logo and promotional material for this exhibition.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Arlen Kasdorf permalink
    November 3, 2010 12:57 pm

    Hi Melina,

    My name is Arlen Kasdorf and am writing an article on the HAM policy for the Uniter (student newspaper at U of W).

    I am looking to add a personal touch to the story by interviewing someone that is personally involved. If you know of any students or teachers that would be willing to do a short interview it would be greatly appreciated.

    I got the assignment after the rally so I am a little behind the 8-ball in finding someone. I talked to the Rainbow Resource Centre but their contacts have not gotten back to me.

    Any help would be a great help.



  2. Milena permalink
    November 3, 2010 1:16 pm

    Thanks so much for getting in touch Arlen,
    I’m thrilled the Uniter is interested in covering this topic and I’m going to get in touch with you via email. Thanks for leaving your email address =-)

  3. November 2, 2011 8:33 am

    This is a message for Jessica Jacobson-Konefall – I read a blog entry by you, where you are using Haraway’s concept of situated knowledges to talk about art practices. I was wondering if you ever wrote or published anything else on that line. I am doing a PhD and have been trying (with little success) to find other examples of applying this approach to understanding art practice. Many thanks.

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