FACIO: ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 1:00pm to Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 6:00pm


ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee)

May 8th – May 19th

Process Gallery at Gallery 1313

1313 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Phone: 416-536-6778

Wednesday – Sunday, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Performance/Conversations: May 18-19, 1:00 - 6:00 PM.

FACIO, as Latin word and exhibition title, refers to both the action of work and that which is made. ARTIFACTS as performance company has, for over 30 years, engaged in practices that are both time-based and that produce objects. This confluence of the making and the made rest as concept for this exhibition in the Process Gallery at Gallery 1313.

ARTIFACTS, formed in 1983 by Pam Patterson and Leena Raudvee, produces feminist collaborative works which combine the concerns of art and theatre; they have fused these traditions into a unique hybridity. Ever cognizant of gender politics and cultural normalization, ARTIFACTS engages in deconstructing various contemporary societal issues by exploring women’s bodies across speculative edges and in liminal spaces. While concentrating on performance, ARTIFACTS has also created video and visual exhibitions.  Research-in-process and doing-as-action define their practice.


Venue & Address: 
Process Gallery at Gallery 1313 1313 Queen Street West,  Toronto, ON
Image of an artist at work
Image of an artist at work

the past whispers ARTIFACTS Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee

A photo of Pam Patterson in a garden pointing a camera phone
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 11:00am to Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 6:00pm

the past whispers     ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee)

Event: April 21, 3 PM – 7PM

Exhibit runs: April 14 - May 31, M-S - 11AM - 6PM, Sun. - 12PM – 1PM

Fleishman Gallery @ WONDERWOKS, 25 Baldwin Street, Toronto. 

the past whispers           ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee) ever cognizant of gender politics and cultural normalization, engages in deconstructing various contemporary societal issues by exploring women’s bodies across speculative edges and in liminal spaces.

In the past whispers, ARTIFACTS uses performativity as a touchstone to relocate and restory culture, artefacts, intentions, and memory. In making this work, we entered the space of the walled garden, as tourist, traveler, and pilgrim. The “entering” was originally an unintentional act. We had been performing in a little village, La Romieu, in France in 2017 and, when finished, had travelled to stay for a few days in Lectoure. Tucked against a high stone wall on the main street, we came across a long-standing herb garden that had been established in the 1200s.

The panoramic images we took of each other in this small walled medieval garden spoke to our own searching and a momentary fleeting sense of displacement and loss. In making this exhibition, through the use of photo image and archival maps of medieval gardens and cities, we searched for traces of the past. We fantasized a touch, a fragrance, a quietude that might be found in a sacred place of contemplation and cultivation. In juxtaposing this sense of place with a perhaps equally imagined life of women in a convent and the use and value of a convent garden we asked: Who were, and how were “holy sisters”?

We invite you to play here within the metaphor of this medieval garden. To be in such a garden is to stand in the middle of a vision of the world – the garden is in itself a cosmological statement where within its symmetrical plan and ordered framework, particularity is varied, fertile and hospitable.  

Venue & Address: 
Fleishman Gallery @ WONDERWOKS 25 Baldwin Street, Toronto, ON


Pilots at work
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 6:00pm

Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee


Process Gallery, Gallery 1313, 1313a Queen Street West, Toronto

Exhibition dates: Nov 8, 2017 to Nov 19, 2017.

Gallery hours: 1PM to 6PM Wednesday to Sunday.

Reception: Nov 9th 7PM


In the Gallery 1313 Process Gallery exhibit, ARTIFACTS explores in ARTIFACTS ARTEFACTS detritus-as-performance. Our original intention was to gather over 30 years of performance detritus into a retrospective; this though has not been the case.

The idea of performance detritus remains but is now reconfigured. In the process of exploring performative ideas around the military, we went to The National Air Force Museum of Canada where we surreptitiously donned military uniforms on display and photographed each other in situ – posed and in the various aircraft on exhibit. This was an informal performance where we acted on the edge, delightfully fearful of being discovered.

After a performance, we usually have photo-documentation by a photographer which then can be exhibited. Here though we lacked such a photographic witness.

In preparing for the Gallery 1313 exhibit, we found ourselves caught up yet again in this performative “militaristic” action and we began to purposely and playfully generate objects and images. In the process of doing so, we realized we were making an ironic comment on the historic value of artefacts and indirectly on ourselves as older disabled women artists.

The exhibit responds to contemporary “hipster” nostalgia:  the “authentic” consumer item, the aura of the “working” uniform, and, in addition, the absurdity of aged women with disabilities as military generals!  Focused around gilt-framed photo portraits of each of us in WWII military dress attire and in action in the cockpits of aircraft, the exhibit uses over a hundred cardboard model planes, and over a thousand cards which speak to our authenticity. A written text backstory is provided (all fictitious but immeasurably seductive) as part of the exhibit to provide context and embed it (us) ever deeper into the idea of the contemporary seductive artefact.



Venue & Address: 
Process Gallery, Gallery 1313, 1313a Queen Street West, Toronto, ON