AWARDS MFA Thesis Exhibition
Curated by Jennifer Lorraine Fraser
Awards is an MFA Thesis exhibition curated by Jennifer Lorraine Fraser from March 4-10, and falls on International Women's day March 8th, 2016. Awards is held in the OCAD University Graduate Gallery. 205 Richmond St. West, Ground Floor.
Artists featured in Awards include:
Ana Cop - http://anacop.com/
Anna Copa Cabanna - http://www.annacopacabanna.com/
Britta Fluevog - http://brittafluevog.blogspot.ca/
Gillian Dykeman - http://www.gilliandykeman.com/
Jamey Braden - http://jameybvm.com/
Kristina Guison - http://kristinaguison.net/
Paddy Jane - http://www.fiftytwopinups.com/
Rene Vandenbrink - http://renevandenbrink.com/home.html
This curatorial project reconceptualises the lives of women in Toronto incarcerated under the Female Refuges Act (FRA). The project offers in depth research into the period following the revision of the FRA, (1919) outlining the systemic oppression young women faced when they were asylumed against their wills, and how they were disciplined for reasons such as feeblemindedness, deviance and incorrigibility. Historical information of their incarceration is difficult to attain, lacking or non-existent. However, former inmate Velma Demerson documents her confinement in the 2002 publication Incorrigible. This project utilizes the subsequent research that arose from Demerson’s personal narrative of incarceration, and highlights the lack of supporting documentation of the exploitation and innocence of young women.
By revealing this lack, the resulting exhibition, Awards, incorporates archival reproductions with contemporary artistic practice used to inform the limited presences remaining in their absences; it raises general questions about societal expectations of women and of their disciplining.
Included, are 8 artists, all of which have been chosen to respond to the research I have conducted. The artists are: Ana Čop, Anna Copa Cabanna, Britta Fluevlog, Gillian Dykeman, Jamey Braden, Kristina Guison, Paddy Jane, and Rene Vandenbrink. Awards, is a co-construction of research, contemplation and response to the history of women being unethically incarcerated; their subsequent forced labour within asylums, and their lifestyle choices which led to their incarceration.
For more details visit Jennifer Lorraine Fraser's AWARDS facebook group:
The Event on the OCADU Graduate Gallery Facebook Page: