Winter 2020 Exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba


Left: Gloria C. Swain, No Single Issue #4, 2019. Acrylic paint on canvas, 16” x 20”.
Right: Liz Ikiriko, Homegoing, 2017. Colour photograph on Hahnemuehle, 33.3” x 50”.

Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, MB
Winter 2020 Exhibitions and Programs – Opening Reception January 16th

Flags of Unsung Countries: Liz Ikiriko
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 16, 7:30 pm
Lunch & Look Artist Talk: Friday, January 17, 12 pm

Flags of Unsung Countries is a photographic installation exploring new ceremonies, migration and embodied archives. Photographed in Canada and Nigeria, the work functions as a rite of passage. The exhibition charts the process of understanding a father’s struggles as an African immigrant challenged with mental illness living in the Canadian prairies. The layered images intersect geography and memory in a search for a location of belonging. The work asks the questions: How do we reconcile displacement with a sense of rootedness on adopted homelands? What is required of a home – is it a geography, a structure, a memory? Do we choose to belong or does it choose us? Flags of Unsung Countries uses photography as a language and an archive to map a path of the African diaspora. Using the medium of photography, for this exhibition, Liz Ikiriko documents a personal journey to learn more about her father, returning to meet family in Nigeria and places in Canada where she has lived. Her deeply personal and moving work explores memory, family and identity, and reimagines boundaries between past and present.

Originating at Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library

This Too Shall Pass: Gloria C. Swain
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 16, 7:30 pm
Lunch & Look Artist Talk: Friday, January 17, 12 pm

This Too Shall Pass is a series of textured and abstract paintings on canvas by multimedia artist, mental health and ageism advocate, Gloria C. Swain. Swain’s canvases embody her experiences as an aging Black woman moving through hostile spaces, particularly mental healthcare institutions; and the labour involved with “cutting through and getting cut by” the system. The geometric patterns in Swain’s work illustrate the range of movement associated with the process—sharp edges colliding, shattering and realigning— and allude to the ways that oppressed groups might eventually break through. The project offers space to reflect on the hope, perseverance, and unapologetic reclaiming of place as Swain, a mother, grandmother, community leader, elder and artist, strives to be seen and heard.

Déterré/Unearthed: Candace Lipischak
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 16, 7:30 pm

Déterré/Unearthed opens in the Community Gallery. “I’ve always had an affinity for bygone objects. Walking my property, which dates back to the early 1900’s, I discovered many discarded items along the embankment of the Rat River. Each brought forth the inevitable questions; ‘Who used them? What was their purpose? Why were they cast away and when?’ Although I was disheartened to see all this antiquated debris, I realized that Mother Nature still thrived and together they coexisted. Integrating the past and the present, Déterré/Unearthed speaks of our environment’s adaptation to evolution and the issues impacting our society.” – Candace Lipischak, multidisciplinary artist

Déterré/Unearthed is presented in partnership with La Maison des artistes visuels francophones. Supported by Canadian Heritage.

Blue Monday Café
Monday, January 20, 5 – 9 pm

Step into the gallery and out of the cold for a mug of hot chocolate, refreshments, music and free tours of the exhibitions Flags of Unsung Countries and This Too Shall Pass.


Photo courtesy of Randell Adjei

Poetry and Spoken Word with Randell Adjei
Friday, January 31, 6 – 8 pm

Join us for a night of poetry and spoken word, by Toronto-based speaker and spoken word artist, Randell Adjei.

Adjei is an entrepreneur, speaker and spoken word practitioner, who uses his gifts to empower through Edutainment. He is the founder of one of Toronto’s largest youth led initiatives, Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E Edutainment). In 2018, R.I.S.E received the Toronto Arts Foundation’s, Mayor’s Youth Arts Award.

Master Class with Dana Inkster and 24 Days in Brooks Film Screening
Monday, February 24, 6 – 8 pm

Get expert advice on documentary filmmaking from Alberta-based filmmaker and experimental media artist, Dana Inkster. And stay for a screening of Inkster’s award-winning film, 24 Days in Brooks.

Dana Inkster is an Alberta-based media artist and cultural producer. The range of works that she has written and directed span a variety of genres, from experimental video art to broadcast television documentaries, and selections have been screened and acquired in all continents. Inkster’s film, 24 Days in Brooks, documents the first-ever labour strike at the Lakeside meat packing plant in Brooks, Alberta.

About the AGSM:
The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba has been proudly serving Brandon and its surrounding region for over 100 years. Founded in 1907 as the Brandon Art Club, the AGSM is Manitoba’s oldest centre for visual art and one of Canada’s first. The AGSM offers year round exhibitions in our Main and Community galleries featuring artwork from leading local, provincial, and national artists that often addresses the specifics of this place and encourages new understandings of our community. We also produce regular public events and offer a robust art education program offering tours, workshops and classes for children, teens, and adults at all skill levels. As a not-for-profit, registered charitable organization, all of our main public programs are offered free of charge to the public, and our education programs operate on a cost-recovery basis (with 100% funded scholarships for youth facing financial barriers).

AGSM Accessibility:
This venue is partially accessible. There is an elevator on the ground floor of the Town Centre mall to enter the AGSM building, which is located on the second floor of the mall. There is also an automated entrance into the Gallery’s building from the Town Centre parkade, which is an accessible parking lot. Once in the Gallery building, there are two large doorways to enter the AGSM; a front desk attendant is on hand during open hours to assist anyone who requires support to enter the gallery. There are two gender neutral washrooms on-site; their entrances are not accessible.

Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
710 Rosser Avenue, Unit 2
Brandon, MB
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