USask Galleries Welcome Art Auntie to Support Artists of Diverse Genres – News

The Capacitor Project, a new programming channel for the province’s transgender, non-binary, Two-Spirit and gender-nonconforming artists, will be hosted by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Art Galleries and Collections for the next year.

Funded through a $100,000 grant provided by the The Canada Council for the Arts’ Digital Now initiative, the year-long pilot project aims to produce the space and capacity needed for a community that has disproportionately experienced violence, misrepresentation and exclusion in the province and its art spaces, said professor jake moore, director of the USask Art Galleries and Collection and faculty member of the Department of Art and Art History at USask’s College of Arts and Science.

“We wanted to develop an opportunity here to engage directly with cultural workers and artists from this versatile community to find out what might happen in an arena where self-representation and T4T (Trans For Trans) projects and spaces were supported. and encouraged within an ethic of care,” Moore said.

“This type of work is critical to changing processes and practices within our galleries, as an intertwined institution within USask, which play a key role in creating a more just and sustainable world. It is in our awareness of how images and artistic practices create and confirm social “truths” that we take on this responsibility.

The pilot project was developed by members of the transgender, non-binary, two-spirit and gender-nonconforming community alongside the USask Galleries and Art Collection through the creation of the Capacitor Advisory Council. The advisory board, which includes members Cat Haines, Evie Ruddy, Respectfulchild, John G. Hampton, and Hagere Selam “shimby” Zegeye-Gebrehiwot, met regularly to develop the project and its processes through active conversations and discussions. reciprocal exchanges, said moore, who noted that it was determined that traditional management and curation structures needed to be expanded and clearly identified within an ethic of care. As a result, a new contractual position within the galleries, known as the Art Auntie, has been created.

Jaye Kovach (she/she, they/them), an artist from Regina, Sask., has been hired on a one-year contract as Art Auntie of the Capacitor Project. Kovach began his new role on February 21, 2022.

“I’m excited about the prospect of more visible trans artists and digital creators in Saskatchewan, and getting money into the hands of those who really need it,” Kovach said. “One of the goals of the Capacitor project is to create space and capacity in the arts community for trans people, and a big part of that is paying them and making meaningful investments in their creative practices and growth.”

Kovach is a queer, disabled, butch trans woman and a multimedia and performance artist living as a white settler in Treaty 4 territory. She graduated from the University of Regina in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree visuals. Since then, Kovach’s artistic practice has expanded to include a growing tattoo business that, using trauma-informed approaches, seeks to create a safe space and comfortable tattoo experience for marginalized bodies.

Kovach’s work has received local and national recognition, including being featured in the Woman’s number canadian art in 2019. In 2020, Kovach attended the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency, and her performance work has been featured at Queer City Cinema/Performatorium, a Regina-based queer media and performance arts festival. Kovach also performs as part of Homo Monstrous and Forced Femme, bands that blur the line between music and performance art, and currently participates in Tender Container’s new peer mentorship platform for gender diverse artists in Canada, Do trans people dream of non-binary sheep?.

Kovach said the Art Auntie position serves as a key point of contact for the Capacitor Project and will be an intermediary between the Capacitor Advisory Board, USask Art Galleries and Collections staff, and the four soon-to-be-selected entrants. participate in the project as artists and digital creators.

“The position was created by the Capacitor Advisory Board with a caring ethic in mind, so I conceptualized this job as caring work – caring for the participants and their needs, the project, as well as the the wider community,” Kovatch said.

Moore said she was grateful for the “sincere engagement and generative openness” of Capacitor Advisory Board members and others who offered their support “as we co-constitute and grow this space.” She is excited to see what will happen as the project unfolds.

“Artistic practices and exhibitions are ways to make the world we live in public and shareable. In setting up this project, guided by community leaders, we participate in a deep understanding of the world,” he said. she declared.

More information about the Capacitor Project will be announced on March 31, International Transgender Awareness Day. Watch for news about the project and programming on the USask Art Galleries and Collection website.

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