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Guest Lecture

November 1st, 2019
Lecture: 7 p.m.
VAF 306, Performance Space, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego
Free and open to the public

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Blinkers is a non-profit project space based in Winnipeg on Treaty 1 territory. Blinkers exists to exhibit, promote and create an engaged critical dialogue with the work of emerging and experimental practices from across Canada. Founded in 2017 as a collaborative project run by emerging artists Kristina Banera, Hannah Doucet, John Patterson and Rachael Thorleifson, Blinkers collaborates with artists in the form of exhibitions, performances, talks, publications, and workshops to create an engaged community of artists and participants in, and expanding from, Winnipeg, Canada.

Kristina Banera is an emerging interdisciplinary artist from Lockport, Manitoba, currently based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art honours degree at the University of Manitoba, with a concentration in studio art. Banera has been exhibited nationally in galleries, artist-run centres and alternative spaces. In early 2019, Banera exhibited a solo solo exhibition titled, Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana at Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Art (Winnipeg, MB). Banera’s film work has been featured in film and media festivals in Winnipeg and Montreal. Banera has been recently featured in group shows including, “CLUES” (Duplex, Vancouver, BC), ”Anticipating Distance” (Avenue Gallery, Vancouver, BC), ”NO VACANCY”, a collaboration between “One Night Stand” and Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge), JUNKHAUS 1: Sublime Consumer Minimalists (Winnipeg, MB).

Hannah Doucet is an artist, arts educator and organizer from Winnipeg, living in Toronto, Ontario. She has exhibited across Canada, with recent exhibitions at Duplex (Vancouver), PLATFORM (Winnipeg), The New Gallery (Calgary) and Gallery 44 (Toronto). Doucet was the inaugural winner of the PLATFORM Photography award in 2017. She participated in a Banff Centre residency for emerging visual artists in 2017. Doucet’s artistic practice is deeply connected to her work as a community art educator and organizer. She believes that the importance of being an artist moves beyond the production of artworks to that of building communities that will create contexts for artists, ideas, and artistic work to thrive. Doucet was a co-founder of Flux Gallery (Wpg) in 2015. She is a co-founder and active co-director of Blinkers Art and Project Space. Doucet is currently an artist in residence with Power Youth at The Powerplant (TO) and an MFA candidate at York University.

John Patterson is a visual artist and writer living in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty 1 territory. Combining intuitive narrative explorations with visual or text assets taken from the commercial sector, quick phone pics, interviews or critical texts, Patterson aims to reform understandings, memories, or translations of personal experiences. He holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba and has shown work in galleries and artist-run centres across Canada, including Turismo [2017, Le Studio at La Maison des Artistes, Winnipeg], in which he developed short-term histories of the geographical area surrounding the gallery through the construction of objects, texts and videos. He is a co-founder of Blinkers Art and Project Space, has written for Canadian Art Magazine and SCAN publication, and is an editor of Monotext, a tri-annual publication of writing and images.

Rachael Thorleifson is a visual artist and organizer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Rachael’s work examines lived experience through consumerism and retail aesthetics. Using installation, sculpture, video, and painting she negotiates the passive presence of consumerism by engaging with melodrama. Rachael has exhibited in galleries, artist-run centers and alternative spaces in Winnipeg and across Canada. She is the co-founder of BLINKERS Art and Project Space located at 520 Hargrave Street in Winnipeg. She received a BFA (Hons) from the University of Manitoba in 2015.