Unlearning the Making: What makes a counter-archive? Roundtable Workshop with Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen

Sun Nov 9, 2014 - 11:00 am - Sun Nov 9, 2014 - 2:00 pm @ CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St, Toronto, 3rd Floor, Room #4
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Gendai Gallery and Gallery TPW are pleased to present an image and text workshop led by artist Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen as part of her ongoing project, The Making of An Archive. In 2013, Gendai invited Nguyen to produce a project responding to the problematic notion of the model minority. Nguyen’s response follows from research she did for her 2012 essay film based on Canada’s centennial celebration that spearheaded their new policy of multiculturalism, "1967: A People Kind of Place." The proposed project has since developed into a participatory online photo-digitization project. It aims to gather printed photographs of daily life of and by immigrants and newcomers to Canada post-1967. Nguyen’s research works towards a public understanding of the largely unseen, nuanced documentation of life in Canada beyond what exists in state-driven archival projects and within their respective agendas regarding the representation of Canada.

This workshop is an opportunity to take pause and reflect on the material being scanned and gathered through Nguyen’s project thus far, while asking questions about the construction of the category of multiculturalism. We invite anyone with critical perspectives on multiculturalism, an interest in archival practices, as well as amateur photographers, archivists and conscientious online database programmers to join in the conversation. The event will commence with a roundtable discussion unpacking the vocabulary being used during the workshop — keywords such as cultural diversity, radical diversity and other sticky terms determined by the group. This will be followed by a collective looking at specific images chosen from the growing archive as case studies for closer thought. It is the "Making" part of The Making of an Archive that is of interest for the artist; looking at the possible methodologies behind the counter-archive, the workshop positions such an endeavor as an ongoing conversation.

This workshop is free but limited to 15 people. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
To register, email info@gendaigallery.org with your name and contact information to reserve your spot and receive location details.

Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen is a French-speaking Quebecer of Vietnamese origin, currently living and working in Stockholm, Sweden. Nguyen completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York (2011) and obtained an Master of Fine Arts and a post-graduate diploma in critical studies at the Malmö Art Academy in Sweden (2005). She has been awarded a number of distinguished grants for her research-based practice from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Banff Centre, and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Nguyen continues to exhibit her work internationally, and is one of the exhibiting artists of the MTL BNL. www.jacquelinehoangnguyen.com

Gendai Gallery is a not-for-profit arts organization based in Toronto that coordinates a multi-disciplinary programme of contemporary art, design, performing arts, literature, cinema, and architecture, with an emphasis on experimental collaborations. Our vision is centered on building dialogues that re-examine existing cultural and political identity positions and notions of cultural diversity today in inventive, fresh and collective approaches. www.gendaigallery.org

Gallery TPW is an artist-run centre dedicated to the presentation and investigation of contemporary still and time-based images, exploring the exchange between photography, film and video. Through a diverse program of exhibitions, screenings, performances, commissioned writing and unique public programs, TPW aims to expand an awareness of the vital role that images play in contemporary culture. Committed to the development of a critical visual literacy, TPW’s distinctive programs spring from a belief in the creative potential of pedagogy and in cross-disciplinary dialogue. www.gallerytpw.ca

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