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Conversation 1: Intergenerational Dialogue of Artist Mothers

This event is organized as part of the Art/Mamas residence at Access Art Gallery in partnership with VIVO Media Arts and in dialogue with Archive/Counter Archive.

In this online conversation, participants of different ages are invited to discuss the impacts of motherhood on their artistic practices and consider the shifting historical moments shaping possibilities for artist-mothers in Canadian visual art institutions, art schools, and within culture at large. We will also be tracing the continuing history of individual and collective organizing that creates opportunities and support for artist mothers, along with the role that curators and archives play in generating and preserving these histories.

Our discussion will explore projects and artworks that specifically address the subject and experience of maternity, understood through an inclusive lens.


Margaret Dragu, LaTiesha Fazakas, Karen Knights, Elizabeth MacKenzie, Elizabeth Vander Zaag, Jin-me Yoon, and Marlene Yuen (Visual Respondent)

About the Art /Mamas’ PLOT Residency at Access Gallery, Vancouver.

 "We will be conceiving of PLOT as a fertile place to scheme and gather as we create inclusive opportunities to share experiences, intergenerational knowledge, skills, ideas, and to support artistic experimentation by bringing together diverse and disparate communities of creative, working, self-identified mothers and caregivers. As such, we imagine PLOT as a laboratory facilitated by our members and look outward to include other creative producers who are mothers/parents from the local community and beyond.

We have structured our residency around four community conversations. Each conversation will be facilitated by members of the collective and include invited speakers and participants. All sessions will be conducted virtually on Zoom in accordance with COVID-19 provincial health and safety protocols in BC. They will be open to the public and all self-identified mothers, including 2SLGBTQQIA community members, are invited to participate. Advance registration is required. "

More info can be found at: https://accessgallery.ca/programming/art-mamas


We acknowledge the generous support of Access Gallery, the Canada Council for the Arts, VIVO Media Arts Centre, and the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC) for making this project possible.

VIVO Media Arts Centre respectfully acknowledges that VIVO's work occurs on the stolen, sacred and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ Nations.


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