The Missing Body: performance in the absence of the artist

Friday, June 27, 2014 - Sunday, September 7, 2014
Multiple contributors

Part of

A city-wide exhibition in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Curated by Cindy Baker

Exhibiting venues:
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Casa, and the Penny Building Gallery.

The exhibition takes place from August 15 through September 6, 2014. The portion of the exhibition taking place at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) runs June 27 through September 7, 2014.

The Missing Body is an exhibition featuring a dozen artists from across Canada and around the world whose work centers on the body and identity in ways that can be conceptualized as performance art, even though the artist’s body is not physically or visibly present in the work. This exhibition takes place in several locations in Lethbridge’s core throughout the summer, in galleries as well as in offsite spaces, and features installation, sculptural and photographic work, video, live performances in which the public is invited to participate, and interventions into public space.

Featuring work by:
Vito Acconci
Blair Brennan
David Cross
Mandy Espezel
Sam Guerrero
Guerrilla Girls
Calder Harben
Michelle Lacombe
Naima Lowe
Museum for Obeast Conservation Studies
Cheli Nighttraveller
Mami Takahashi

Sponsoring/host organizations:
Trap\door, the Potemkin Gallery, Mountain Standard Time, the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge, dc3 Projects, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery.

Project funders:
Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the City of Lethbridge through the Heart of Our City program.

Cindy Baker’s interdisciplinary and performance work is informed by a fierce commitment to ethical community engagement and critical social inquiry. Drawing from queer theory, gender culture, fat activism and art theory, Baker’s research-based practice moves fluently between the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Baker considers context her primary medium, and works with diverse materials and techniques from the low-craft (such as latch-hooking) to digital fabrication and performance, emphasizing the theoretical, conceptual and ephemeral aspects of her work.

Baker has exhibited and performed across Canada from Open Space in Victoria, BC to Eastern Edge in St. John’s, NF, and internationally in cities including Los Angeles, CA, the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN and ANTIFest in Kuopio, Finland. Her recent performative installation Mighty Men and Mistress Maker recently showed at DC3 Projects in Edmonton.

Baker’s practice draws from two decades of experience in artist-run centres, as well as extensive volunteer work in art and queer communities; she has worked in non-profits throughout Western Canada, including AKA Gallery (Saskatoon). Currently based in Lethbridge, Alberta, Baker has recently completed an MFA at the University of Lethbridge where she held a SSHRC grant for her research in performance in the absence of the artist’s body.

The Missing Body: performance in the absence of the artist


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