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RITUALS OF HEALING: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WORKS OF SHARON ALWARD

FRI, MAR 22 / 7 pm
Curated and introduced by Val Klassen

I first became aware of Sharon Alward’s artistic works in 1991, when her now-infamous piece, Totentanz, made local headlines when the pig’s blood she had used to flood the Plug In gallery leaked through to the luggage shop below. Throughout the 1990’s she created controversial works which explored postmodern religious thought and the bodily dimension of knowledge. This program explores the midlife perspective of one woman and includes the world premiere of her work Zuma. Her concerns, regrets, grief and sadness are presented as a first-person narrative.The details are personal, but the themes are universal. Through ritual, she assimilates the knowledge of her vulnerability, and thus gains personal power. – Val Klassen

Val Klassen is an artist, activist, teacher and grandmother. As an artist, she works primarily in video, as well as in performance, sound art and photography. She previously curated the program A Little Perspective: The Video Art of Brenna George for Cinematheque in 2010.

Sharon Alward’s spiritually based performances and artistic works have been exhibited in museums and site specific locations around the world. Alward is a Full Professor at the University Of Manitoba School of Art, and a Senior Fellow and Curator of St. John’s College. Alward was a Lector and Administrant for over a decade in the Anglican Church, Diocese of Rupert’s Land. She was cited as one of the 100 most influential and innovative Canadians in MacLean’s magazine for her work as a Canadian artist.

CHRISTIAN WOMAN OF VIRTURE
DIR. SHARON ALWARD | 2000 | CANADA | 44 MIN
This piece incorporates the live performance that took place in public spaces in the UK, in which Alward dragged her Christian baggage, the power source of her glowing, fragile, fluorescent wings, through the landscape, on trains, into churches, and along streets. The soundtrack consists of seven autobiographical narratives based on the seven Christian virtues. Within this framework, she recalls the disappointments of her childhood, her thoughts on the church and Christianity, and the sometimes sordid details of her adolescence.

“A brave and deeply personal statement….stunning…a small miracle.”
– MORLEY WALKER

August, dir. Sharon Alward, 2001, Canada, 6 min
The sky is a means to connect to the infinity of creation. Brooding clouds set the scene for an autumn ritual of ashes, as Alward reflects on her life and contemplates impending mortality.

Zuma, dir Sharon Alward, 2010, Canada, 8 min
In this poignant video Alward relates her experience as a shadow mother, coerced into releasing her child for adoption when she was 17. A performance ritual of grief, reconciliation and healing, Zuma is both a physical place and a metaphor for ambiguous loss.

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