Lunch time lectures have begun at the Gallery!
“On Germanness and Peoplehood, 1945 to Today” with Ben Baader
11:30 am | Wednesday, March 29
“Exhibition Conversation: Susan Close and grad students from Travelling Concepts in Photography”
12:00 pm | Friday, March 31
“The Dangers of Beauty” with Simone Mahrenholz
11:30 am | Monday, April 3
Lidwien van de Ven: Living On at the School of Art Gallery is generously supported by the University of Manitoba School of Art, the University of Manitoba Centre for Human Rights Research, and the Mondrian Fund.
Ever-attentive to the shifting borders of aesthetics, politics, and religion, van de Ven’s work is content rich and politically loaded. Since the late 1990s, she has turned to ethical and political issues of the contemporary moment, focusing especially on the geographies of Islam, multiculturalism in Europe, and, more recently, Dutch colonialism in Indonesia. Lidwien van de Ven: Living On is an installation of photographs from Cairo, Gaza, the West Bank, and Beirut. A new work titled, Berlin, 12/01/2015 (das Volk) will be installed outside of the gallery for the duration of the show. It is exemplary of the way van de Ven’s images seep across political, religious, and aesthetic borderlines, of how tricky it is to narrate one’s way into the photographic image, and of the contested nature of the voice in the street. As in other pieces, here van de Ven works within and against the institution of photojournalism. Like a lightning rod, its subject works to galvanize public debate. Viewers to the exhibition will find that van de Ven’s photographs require them to inhabit opposing perspectives and perhaps even question the parameters of the democratic crucible.