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November 17-19, 2017

Video Pool’s “Isolated Landscapes: The Gathering” begins tonight here in the ‘Peg. There are screenings, performances, and talks. So many interesting artists will be in attendance. ALL FREE (except Big Wig by Lorri Millan and Shawna Dempsey).

I am thrilled to be part of this gathering. I am giving a talk (poetry!) on Saturday, November 18 at 4:30pm. Events take place at Finch Gallery Workspace (74 Princess Street) unless otherwise stated. Come see me!

My talk, “The Poetics of Feminist Reclamation Practices” asks:

  • What kinds of embodied intimacies are possible given histories of violence and colonization?
  • How do we work with and through histories that we have inherited?
  • How do media artists engage in acts of solidarity and decolonization?
  • As artists who are using video, how can we stage reflective encounters with our audiences?

These questions probe projection, site-specificity and identity to explore the regenerative possibilities of video.

Pink hair sisters, Thirza Jean Cuthand and Missy Sheila Urbanoski!

Plotting the revolution with Sheila Spence & Stacey Abramson. Photo by Karen Asher.

October 20-22, 2017

I’ve been working with co-chairs Drs. Chantal Fiola and Sharanpal Ruprai on the conference planning committee for C2C.

“C2C: Two-Spirit & Queer People of Colour: A Call to Conversation with LGBT & Allies” is a conference hosted by the University of Winnipeg (UW) in partnership with Two-Spirit People of Manitoba and QTPOC Winnipeg.

The conference is open to leading and emerging 2S people, QPOC, LGBT, and ally scholars, students, and community members. See the full schedule online.

C2C is a plenary conference, organized around five main panel conversations with leading and emerging 2S people and QPOC. The conference will foreground 2S and QPOC realities and focus on intersections between these communities. C2C intends to bring together leading national and international 2S and QPOC scholars, and LGBTQ and cisgender heterosexual allies to engage in conversations that highlight where our communities intersect, what efforts are needed to reconcile our relationships, and celebration of our gifts and achievements.

Community consultation is central to C2C, and through our conversations we seek to identify key directions and re-directions for future research and activisim in solidarity with 2S, QPOC, and LGBTQ refugees. C2C is an invitation to dialogue with community members about how to address the damage of the past where possible; and how to achieve better, more coalitionary community relations moving forward at the many intersections of systems of gender, sexuality, race, religion, spirituality, and culture. The three-day think-tank will focus on the themes of history, origin, and resurgence; family; education; institutions; and creative practice. Each theme will involve a panel conversation followed by small group breakout discussions. C2C will conclude with a final plenary discussion of key learnings and recommendations that will guide the organizers in drafting a summit report charting our collective recommendations for research and scholarship in support of 2S/QPOC communities.

 

September 17, 2017

It was a pleasure to host the Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas (CCPPA) visioning meeting  at UWinnipeg. Here I am in the greenhouse artlab with Dot Tuer, Jennifer Willet, and Shannon Bell (not pictured). Our SSHRC partnership grant, led by Peter Kulchyski at The University of Manitoba, has been a tremendous experience for me.  It has been privilege to connect with scholars, artists, and activists throughout Canada and the Americas. We are coming to the end of our grant and we spent time thinking about our last projects together.

It was also productive to connect with Jennifer Willet (incubator) about artlabs across Canada. More to follow.

 

June 13-27, 2017

I will be a participant in Plug In’s Summer Institute with Chris Kraus for the next two weeks. I look forward to working with Chris Kraus and the other writers. I always appreciate gathering with writers who are thinking about how to meaningfully write about art. Looking forward to reading, workshopping, and learning together.

Summer Institute I: Chris Kraus

For this session of Summer Institute, Kraus will lead a group of participants in a conversation grounded in writing that will range from everyone’s ongoing work to the city of Winnipeg. Activities will likely include the production of a short video, a dance/movement class, city walks and guest screenings and lectures.

As a gathering of relative strangers, the participants will produce individual work influenced by each other’s proximity. The workshop is open to visual artists of all kinds as well as writers, critics and scholars.

Writers Natasha Stagg and Robert Dewhurst will join the session. Natasha Stagg was the editor for V Magazine and has most notably published Surveys a novel with Semiotext(e) in March of 2016. She has written for Texte Zur Kunst, Dis Magazine and Kaleidoscope. She received her MFA from the University of Arizona. Robert Dewhurst is currently based in Los Angles, having received his PHd from SUNY Buffalo in English. He is a poet and the publisher of the chapbook imprint Scary Topiary Press and was the publisher of Wild Orchids Journal.

Chris Kraus’ publications, praised for their intelligence, vulnerability and voracity, include: I Love Dick, Torpor, Aliens and Anorexia, Summer of Hate, Where Art Belongs, Video Green: Los Angeles Art and the Triumph of Nothingness, and Kelly Lake Store. Her monograph, “Lost Properties,” was written as part of Semiotexte’s pamphlet series for the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Kraus is the co-director of the acclaimed press Semiotext(e), where in 1990 she launched the imprint Native Agents, which introduced radical forms of writing by women writers. Native Agents has published the work of influential writers such as Penny Arcade, Fanny Howe, Ann Rower and Eileen Myles. She teaches in the Media Studies program at the European Graduate School.

Participants: Kristina Banera, Fabiola Carranza, Megan Hill-Carroll, Daniel Colussi, Roewan Crowe, Erica Eryes, Esmé Hogeveen, Letch Kinloch, Soyoung Kwon, Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau, Kegan McFadden, Ralph Pritchard, Jasmine Reimer, Jacquelyn Ross, and Faith Wilson.

May 29-June 2, 2017

The Pride and Two-Spirit flags raised in front of Wesley Hall, University of Winnipeg. Photo by Albert McLeod, who designed the 2S flag.

UWinnipeg is hosting A Film + Lecture Series during Winnipeg Pride.

I’ll be reading from “Ah Sugar” (novel-in-progress) at the  UWinnipeg Pride Speaker Series on Thursday, June 1 at 12pm in the Library Archives (5th floor library).

 

 

 

I’ll be joined by Rafael Terrain, Tapji Garba & Christina Hajjar.

White bones: An exploration of the skeletons in a white boy’s closet
Rafael Terrain

Rafael Terrain is a white settler born & raised in Winnipeg, with ancestry connecting them back to Russia, Austria and the Netherlands. They identify as transgender, queer & non-binary. They are working to connect their personal experience and community involvement in the West and North ends of the city with their education as a 2nd year student in the department of Urban & Inner City Studies.

Unaccountable intimacies: The queer life of social death
Tapji Garba

Tapji Garba is a student in Religion and Culture at the University of Winnipeg. His research is in Black Studies, with particular attention to the history of slavery, and its afterlife.

Mother
Christina Hajjar

An interdisciplinary artist, organizer, and student, Christina Hajjar explores resistance, feminism, and identity by making, thinking, writing, moving, and sharing. She is a queer femme cis woman and first generation Lebanese-Canadian living in Winnipeg, Manitoba which is Treaty 1 Territory and the homeland of the Métis Nation. Her practice grapples with themes of diaspora, self-exploration, and intergenerational trauma/knowledge. She is a member of CONSTELACIONES artist collective, a co-founder of QTPOC (queer and trans people of colour) Drop the Mic, co-editor of Whiny Femmes, and a committee member of Flux Gallery. christinahajjar.com.

Ah Sugar
Roewan Crowe

Artist and writer Roewan Crowe is energized by acts of disruption, radical transformation and the tactical deployment of self-reflexivity. Born under the big skies of Saskatchewan and raised in scofflaw Alberta, Crowe left the prairies to deepen her engagements with art and feminism, and to do graduate studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. A return to the prairies inspired art and writing centered on queer feminist reclamation practices. Crowe’s paid gig: Associate Professor and Chair in the department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg.

April 28, 2017

Congratulations to Sarah Ferguson on their successful MFA defense! Thank you to the University of Regina for inviting me to participate as an external committee member with supervisors and committee Claire Carter, Leesa Streifler, David Garneau, and Risa Horowitz.

 

April 28, 2017

Sitting with Sarah Ferguson during Lifting Stone. Photo by Leesa Streifler.

Performance and Talk: Friday, April 28, 7:00 pm
Central Gallery, Dunlop Art Gallery

Curated by Blair Fornwald, Assistant Curator.

 

 

 

 

This event is co-sponsored by CTCH Think Tank MediaLab, Dunlop Art Gallery, the University of Regina Department of Visual Arts, and the University of Regina Department of Womens’ and Gender Studies. Talk is part of the University of Regina Creative Technologies MediaLab Think Tank Series.

In Lifting Stone, artist Roewan Crowe invites you to join her in a desert landscape for an intimate encounter with poetic text. Performing excerpts from her book Quivering Land, a rather queer Western that attempts to reckon with the legacies of violence and colonization, she creates a space of vulnerability and connection. The artist invokes Leslie Feinberg and their work on “stone butch” to articulate a queer femme notion of ‘stone,’ opening up an exploration of art encounters that contemplate non-physical touching and the act of being touched.

Artist Roewan Crowe was born under the big skies of Saskatchewan and raised in scofflaw Alberta. Crowe left the prairies to deepen her understanding of healing, art, and feminism and to complete graduate studies at OISE, U of Toronto. Her art and writing focus on queer feminist reclamation practices. She lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 

Roewan Crowe with pink horses Aliya Jamal and Jarvis Robin Brownlie, Lifting Stone, Dunlop Art Gallery, Photos by Eagleclaw Bunnie.

April 23, 2017

Pink horse X2 in the studio today rehearsing for “Lifting Stone” at the Dunlop Gallery this coming Friday. With Aliya Jamal and Jarvis Robin Brownlie.

https://www.facebook.com/roewan.crowe/videos/10155059052520180/ 

March 15, 2017

A crocheted blanket by artist Steven Leyden Cochrane attempts to transcribe a memory—including the blank spaces in a memory—into tactile form.

It is very exciting to have the work of CONSTELACIONES reviewed by Letch Kinloch in Canadian Art. It’s an honour to be in the brilliant company of Steven Leyden Cochrane, Divya Mehra, and Dana Kletke.

 

 

 

 

It’s odd to do a big project far away from where we are all now living – thanks to MAWA Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art and Canadian Art for helping bring the project back to Winnipeg. Monica Martinez, Helene Vosters, Christina Hajjar and Doris Difarnecio, I love what we have created together!

Winnipeg Art Report: The Slippage of Memory by Letch Kinloch

“At the Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art annual Caroline Dukes Memorial Artist Talk on March 3, the collective CONSTELACIONES, dedicated to process-based, trans-hemispheric collaboration, gave a talk about their work as a multidisciplinary group.

In a recent performance titled Return Atacama, the group carefully wrapped and then carried Chilean-born, Edmonton-based member Monica Mercedes Martinez’s heavy, cross-shaped, ceramic forms from Winnipeg to Chile’s Atacama Desert. They worked together in order to create community and solidarity around Martinez’s return to the land that her family fled in 1974 due to Chile’s military coup, migrating as a group to the landscape she has struggled to connect with her entire life.

As they stood before the crowd at MAWA describing their work, the members of CONSTELACIONES shouldered the heavy weight of ceramic shards they had returned to Winnipeg piled inside a blanket. They also invited audience members to relieve them of this burden, passing along their share of the weight as each member moved to the front of the room to speak about their contribution to and experience of Return Atacama.

Martinez described placing her artwork in the Chilean desert—a site of trauma—working in the punishing desert elements, unwrapping and then carrying the forms to the gathered witnesses, and laying them before the witnesses’ feet, over and over again. The labour of transporting these materials was, as CONSTELACIONES described, a process of release, allowing the forms to return to sand. Following the talk, members of the audience were invited to take home pieces of the sculptures that were carried on the collective’s shoulders, lightening the artists’ loads and opening the possibility for new ritual and engagement with these fragments of memory.”

March 6-14, 2017

Please join us on International Women’s Day at the greenhouse artlab at The University of Winnipeg. We are on the fifth floor of the library. Helene Vosters will lead us in her art project. We will read and embroider the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. I would love to see you.

the greenhouse artlab: a feminist space for making and thinking on the 5th floor of the UWinnipeg library, is pleased to be hosting Helene Vosters in the lab from March 6 through to March 17.

TRC Report: Reading Group/ Sewing Circle
Wednesday, March 8, 2-4pm – join us for International Women’s Day
Tuesday, March 14, 2-4pm

“Reconciliation: A Call to Action” engages a labour aesthetic that brings together two necessarily care-filled and time-demanding tasks—embroidery and critical reflection. A work in progress, Reconciliation’s unfinished status is critical to its meaning. It is a reminder that reconciliation, as part of a praxis of redress, requires ongoing, sustained labour.

All are welcome to come participate in reconciliation’s labours of critical reflection and action. Together we will read aloud from TRC’s 388-page summary report, embroider sections of the report’s 94 Calls to Action onto Canadian flags, and share reflections.

Experience not necessary. All welcome.

HELENE VOSTERS is an artist, activist, and scholar who is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Manitoba). Her work explores issues of state violence, social memory, and the role of performance and aesthetic practices in mobilizing resistance. https://helenevosters.com/

In collaboration with greenhouse artlab, a feminist artlab for making and thinking on the 5th floor of the UWinnipeg library.

The greenhouse is wheelchair accessible but does not have a power door at the entrance.

Supported by the University of Winnipeg Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies (IWGS) and Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas (CCPPA).

March 3, 2017
I am so pleased that CONSTELACIONES will be delivering the Caroline Dukes Memorial Artist Talk for First Fridays at MAWA. Please join us and we will tell you about our remarkable art journey to the Atacama Desert!

In this multi-media performance presentation, CONSTELACIONES artist collective will present reflections on their trans-hemispheric works, including Lake Winnipeg, Wrapping Atacama, Return Atacama, and Echoes: North… North, that have been performed from Winnipeg to Santiago, Chile. The five artists explore ever-shifting constellations of collectivity, as they grapple with distance and difference across geographies, engaging artistic process as a risk-taking labour of care. CONSTELACIONES embodies collective healing through kinship and vulnerability—rejecting isolation, silence and disconnection in the face of trauma.

Drawing from interdisciplinary practices that include sculpture, performance, installation, sound and video, artists Roewan Crowe, Doris Difarnecio, Christina Hajjar, Monica Mercedes Martinez and Helene Vosters and engage in a process-based, trans-hemispheric collaboration. Among other projects, CONSTELACIONES travelled to Chile’s infamously storied Atacama Desert to install a large set of vibrant ceramic forms, created by Martinez, embodying stratified layers of Chilean history and diasporic and nomadic trajectories resulting from the 1973 coup. returnatacama.com

February 20, 2017

Thanks so much Gallery 1C03. I am pleased to have been invited to contribute a creative response to Moving Images, an exhibition which showed from January 12-February 18, 2017.

Moving Images, 2017. Curators Jennifer Gibson and Alison Gillmor. Essay by Alison Gillmor. Creative responses by Roewan Crowe and Jonathan Ball. 32 pages, illustrated.

 

Moving Images is an online pdf publication produced in affiliation with a Gallery 1C03 exhibition of 23 short films created by professional artists who have an association with the University of Winnipeg – current and former students and faculty. The exhibition featured five thematic shorts programs that changed on a weekly basis. Moving Images was accompanied by a smaller exhibition in the University Library’s Hamilton Galleria called “The Tender Fragments.” This show presented cinematic collages by Guy Maddin alongside his interactive on-line film project “Seances” which he created with Evan and Galen Johnson. The publication includes an introduction by Gibson, a curatorial essay by Gillmor and creative responses by writers and academics Roewan Crowe and Jonathan Ball. Crowe offers a rejoinder to “Moving Images” while Ball’s text replies to “The Tender Fragments.”

February 14, 2017

The We Care Quilt has been an ongoing project since 2015. It has brought many people together over the years. As always, it is a pleasure to work with dedicated students who hold a vision of social justice.  As IWGS director, I worked closely with students Christina Hajjar, Erin Meagan Schwartz, and Marieke Gruwel. We collaborated with the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library and the We Care Campaign MMIW. The We Care Quilt shows care and concern for the issue of violence against Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people. It has been permanently installed at the Hive in UWinnipeg and will be unveiled tomorrow at the annual Women’s Memorial March of Manitoba. Please support this event by attending the march &/or the feast and speakers portion of the evening.

Women’s Memorial March of Manitoba:
Honouring MMIWG2S & Unveiling the We Care Quilt.

5:30pm Gathering butterflies
6:00pm (sharp!) March
6:30pm Feast & Speakers

Location: Riddell Hall (first floor cafeteria at UWinnipeg by Spence St. entrance).

MC: Sadie Phoenix Lavoie
Speakers: Leah Gazan, Alaya McIvor, Sue Caribou, Bernadette Smith, & Tasha Spillett.

Free & all are welcome! There will be plenty of food.
ASL provided. Physically accessible. Gender-inclusive washrooms nearby.

About the We Care Quilt:
The We Care Quilt will be unveiled at the end of the march in its permanent home outside the Hive on campus!

The We Care quilt (2015-16) is a community made quilt engaging Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to take a stance against violence against Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people. Individuals were able to make manifestations of their care by crafting a We Care Square.

The project was facilitated by the University of Winnipeg’s Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies (Roewan Crowe, Christina Hajjar, & Erin Schwartz), the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library (Marieke Gruwel & Andrea Reichert) and the We Care Campaign MMIW (Leah Gazan & Raine Hamilton). It was assembled and hand-quilted by Tracy Popp & Judy Stewart.

During the making of the quilt we held a couple craft sessions and a round table discussion. After it was completed the quilt attended Take Back the Night in Fall 2015 and Sarasvàti Productions’ International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues: Stolen Sisters in Spring 2016.

The quilt is now being permanently installed outside the Hive at UW to continue engaging campus and community members through this collective work of craftivism.

This event is co-organized by IWGS, the Manitoba Crafts Museum & Library, the We Care Campaign MMIW, UWSA, and the Women’s Memorial March of Manitoba.

I am very excited to host the Desearch Repartment at the greenhouse artlab, February 1-7, 2017.

Desearch Repartment came out of a political shift in the early 2000s that coincided with the invention of relational aesthetics and the birth of the Internet. When the walls fell on 9/11 identity politics also fell away, opening up a new sense of cultural, political, and social relativity where artistic colonization could flourish. Through the combined genesis of social media and social practices, the commodification of human relations became a stepping stone on which DR built its foundation, laying the groundwork for the Institute for Durational Futures and the ESSENTIALHAPPINESSPOSSIBILITY.

There are several opportunities to engage with this work in Winnipeg this month! Please check out the following events I am co-hosting on behalf of the greenhouse artlab and IWGS.

Jan 6 – Feb 18 – YAGA video screening at PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts

February 3 – Desearch Repartment’s YAGA class hosted at MAWA

February 6 – Active Research Lecture Series with Desearch Repartment artist talk at PLATFORM

February 7 – Closed workshop with my class, “Art and Resistance” at the greenhouse artlab.

Catch this excellent article, “Selfie-care” by Steven Leyden Cochrane. (February 2, 2017).

Art collective’s satirical YAGA routines help energize and pacify in these troubled times.

“From ‘Ground Zero’ through Levels 9, 11 and 2001+, practitioners learn to awaken their ‘Shock-Awes,’ ‘privilege and colonize the spine,’ contain and integrate ‘free radicals’ and channel their ‘whi,’ which ‘floats freely across skin borders fuelling privilege, producing power.’ The goal is to finish ‘energized but also pacified.'”

January 19, 2017

Thank you to Naniece Ibrahim at the University of Winnipeg for chatting with me about my exciting new plans for the greenhouse artlab, including the inaugural artist residency with CONSTELACIONES happening now.

 

“Formerly home to the Biology Department’s collection of exotic plants, the greenhouse on the fifth floor of The University of Winnipeg’s Library has been transformed into a different kind of laboratory. Freshly minted as the greenhouse: a feminist artlab for making and thinking, the space is now dedicated to incubating the arts and artists on campus.

The artlab, which is the brainchild of Dr. Roewan Crowe (Chair, Women’s and Gender Studies), will not only host artist residencies and public art events, but it will also act as studio space for some classes.”

Catch the rest of the article, Growing art in the greenhouse, online.

 

January 19, 2017

Feels good to be in the #UWgreenhouseartlab, a feminist lab for thinking and making, with CONSTELACIONES. We are in the studio January 13-31, 2017 spending our residency thinking into our Return Atacama digital book.

Our open studio is on Thursday, January 19 from 2-7pm.

Our happening is on Friday, January 27 from 1-4pm. We invite you to join us for a participatory task-based performance.

CONSTELACIONES will share their works-in-process and reflective remains from their trans-hemispheric performances: “Lake Winnipeg,” “Wrapping Atacama,” “Return Atacama,” and “Echoes: North…North.”

Never been to the greenhouse artlab? Here’s a video by Nicole Amyotte to guide you there!

 

 

January 11, 2017
Tomorrow, Thursday, Jan 12 at 4:00pm, Gallery 1C03 at the University of Winnipeg will launch the exhibit, “Moving Images.” I am pleased that “Queer Grit” has been selected for the program, “To Make a Prairie.”

This stop-motion animation (2004) asks the question, “How do you be queer on the prairies when your dad is John Wayne?” Come join us at the opening reception. This program will run until January 21. Regular gallery hours start on the 13th. They are weekdays from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The films will loop continuously during open hours.

January 12 – 21, 2017 – To Make a Prairie

Cattle Call (2008) by Mike Maryniuk & Matthew Rankin (3:30)
Queer Grit (2004) by Roewan Crowe (5:25)
Souvenirs – Watermarks (2008) by Paula Kelly (10:45)
Bon Voyage (2009) by Ryan McKenna (5:37)
TOTAL RUN TIME: 25:17

Find the rest of the screening schedule online.

Moving Images is an exhibition of 23 short films and videos created by artists affiliated with The University of Winnipeg. Moving Images is organized in recognition of Gallery 1C03’s 30th anniversary (opened: September, 1986) and The University of Winnipeg’s 50th anniversary (Charter Day: September 15, 1967). The exhibition is co-curated by Gallery 1C03 director/curator Jennifer Gibson and art historian and film critic Alison Gillmor.

For Moving Images the Gallery will serve as a small cinema featuring five thematic shorts programs, each on view for only one week, thereby encouraging repeat visits to watch innovative works directed by University of Winnipeg alumni, current and former students and faculty/instructors. Stop by to watch one or more of the following programs: To Make a Prairie (January 12 – 21); The Personal is Political (January 23 – 28); The Haunted Cinema (January 30 – February 4); Women’s Pictures, Women’s Lives (February 6 – 11); and Funny Haha and Funny Peculiar (February 13 – 18).

November 26, 2016

A pleasure to be in conversation with Zoe Whittall about her book “The Best Kind of People.” So engaging! We packed the house tonight for this fabulously talented poet, author, television writer, and freelance journalist. It was a great evening. Thanks McNally Robinson Booksellers and Winnipeg International Writers Festival. And most of all thanks Zoe for writing this book.

The event was co-presented by McNally Robinson Booksellers, University of Winnipeg Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies (IWGS) and the Winnipeg International Writers Festival is part of the Writers Festival Fall Literary Series.

Stacey May Fowles writes about “The Best Kind of People” – “With incredibly rare nuance, sensitivity, and insight, Zoe Whittall takes us deep into our contemporary conversation around sexual violence and shines a vital spotlight on the individuals and communities that live in its long shadow. Whittall’s undisputed talent as a writer shines, as does her understanding into the complexity of our sympathies, our morality, and our humanity. With The Best Kind of People, Whittall has created an urgent and timely document, one that asks us to reflect on how we can best serve survivors of abuse and best support all of those who exist in its aftermath. With incredible empathy, and undeniable skill, this book is sure to spark much needed dialogue, vital debate, and richly deserved acclaim.”

Zoe Whittall is the author of The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life, The Emily Valentine Poems, and Precordial Thump, and the editor of Geeks, Misfits, & Outlaws. Her debut novel Bottle Rocket Hearts made the Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year and CBC Canada Reads’ Top Ten Essential Novels of the Decade. Her second novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible won a Lambda Literary Award and was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Her writing has appeared in the Walrus, the Believer, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Fashion, and more. She has also worked as a writer and story editor on the TV shows Degrassi and Schitt’s Creek. Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, she has an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto. Here is a link to Zoe’s website: http://zoewhittall.com/

October 13, 2016

Thanks to FEMLAB and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta for inviting me to be a part of the Feminist Research Speakers Series 2016-2017.

 

 

Lecture details:

Mapping Feminist Ghost Sites: A Queer Return to the Feminist Bookstore

In this artist talk, Roewan Crowe explores the possibilities of a queer return to the feminist bookstore. Drawing from her radically interdisciplinary, trans-media, site-specific artistic practice, she reflects on her early witchy experiences at the feminist bookstore in Edmonton to reimagine a generative and radical feminist space that might provide a home for feminist cultural productions. Crowe mixes a magical concoction: one part Deleuze and Guattari’s notions of deterritorialiation and reterritorialization brought into relationship with LaDuke’s deep understanding of right relationship to the land; one part queer futurity by Munoz’; with one part Spikvak’s passion for remaking the imagination a material practice. Be ready to share your experiences of feminist bookstores.

 

July 17-23, 2016 

I am thrilled to be attending this year’s Encuentro in Santiago, Chile with CONSTELACIONES. We’ll be performing “Echoes: North… North” and I’ll also be co-facilitating the work group “Artist as Repertoire: Unceded Imaginaries” with Doris Difarnecio and Javier Serna.

More about Encuentro:

The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and the Universidad de Chile invite scholars, artists, and activists from all disciplines to formulate and present work around the theme of eX-céntrico: dissidence, sovereignties, performance, at our Xº (10th) Encuentro, to be held in Santiago, Chile from July 17-23, 2016.

The Xº Encuentro seeks to examine the eX-centric—that which stands apart, on the peripheries of power—as a site of identity, struggle, creativity, and political power. We understand the eX-centric as the dissident, that which stands apart, creating a space outside that makes possible other futures, subjectivities, and ways of doing and knowing. We seek to explore politics and aesthetics generated from without, from an outside that marks its distance and non-desire to be written in dominant codes, destabilizing common sense and disarranging the blueprints of the possible. We are drawn to the proactive and creative charge of these un-framings, to their capacity to generate sovereignties in bodies and territories that yield eX-centric subjects and collectivities —styles and poses, movements and nations, traversed by indigeneity, disability, queerness, blackness, as well as punk, trans, proletarian, and migrant sensibilities. These sovereignties resist and interpellate the centers of power with aesthetic ruptures, liberatory autonomies, and disobedient body politics. In this context, performance —performance art, theater, underground cultures, occupations of public space, digital corporealities, body art, drag, cabaret, the music that animates the nightlife of social movements— is a central tool both for the creation of new meaning and for the transmission of knowledge, memory, and identity.

More about the work group:

How do we manifest the artist’s repertoire, make visible artistic knowledges, skills and theory, describe the process and depth of art making and transmit these knowledges? We understand the repertoire to be both ephemeral and embodied cultural and social practices of transmission. We situate ourselves at the crossroads of hemispheric regimes as the queer, the troublesome, the heretics, passing through the confines of the normative to break down binary and unitary paradigms. Deeply affected by the processes of colonization, we are interested in what artistic knowledge transmission looks like within a decolonizing framework. Our focus is to sustain, proliferate, and transmit the artist’s repertoire through multiple explorations, divergences, and articulations.

February 10, 2016

I had an absolute blast tonight at the She Speaks Sweet Talk event as part of Genderfest Winnipeg. The readings were really terrific and hot and Veronica Roni Ternopolski is a warm, funny, sexy, and clever host. And thanks to the talented Kitty Kittie I did my first reading with deep base riding underneath the text. SO very very fun.

 

November 7, 2015

It is my deep pleasure and honour to be reading with the remarkable poet Eileen Myles tonight here in Winnipeg. I’ll be reading some new writing inspired by Chelsea Girls. It’s fast and furious. I hope to see you tonight. REALLY you do not want to miss hearing Eileen Myles, poet rock star and damn fine human being. She’s going to read from Chelsea Girls and I Must Be Living Twice. Follow what she’s up to at her website: http://www.eileenmyles.com/

Thanks for your brilliance and grace, Eileen, and for living a life of words.

Eileen Myles has published more than a dozen books of poetry, art journalism, and fiction. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, a Warhol/Creative Capital Grant and a 2014 Foundation for Contemporary Art Grant. She lives in New York.

 

October 16, 2015

FullSizeRenderToday I was honoured with the Marsha Hanen Award for Excellence in Creating Community Awareness at UWinnipeg’s Autumn Convocation.

Congratulations to my colleague Dr. Anna Stokke who was also honoured. From Dr. Annette Trimbee, President and Vice-Chancellor at U of W: “Both Dr. Roewan Crowe and Dr. Anna Stokke exemplify the powerful impact the members of our faculty have on the wider community. We’re fortunate our students not only benefit from the wisdom and practical knowledge these women share in the classroom, but also from the inspiration they provide by building academic careers that contribute to positive change in the world.”

 

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September 23-27, 2015

What a pleasure to spend a week in Toronto for the Feminist Art Conference (FAC) at OCAD University.

I had the opportunity to reconnect with friends, meet new artists, speak on a panel, and perform Lifting Stone, a queer femme performance/installation creating intimate stone encounters.

OCAD’s painting studio was the performance and installation site for Lifting Stone.

The practice of painting and wooden easels have now become part of the installation.

femme  fac beau  fac stone

My new FEMME bag was made by the fabulously talented JR Koroscil.

fac lifting stone  fac roe and trish  fac desert

In the desert you can remember your name.

August 30, 2015

chiapas zapatista  chiapas research team  chiapas

chiapas jarvis and roe  chiapas with doris  chiapas tonina

It was a dream to be at the Zapatista (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) village of Oventik – autonomously territory of the Mayan – with my Hemi and CCPPA comrades this August.