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Above: Ambera Wellman, Mystax, 2017, digital print, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist.

The AGM is delighted to present seeping upwards, rupturing the surface, a Featured Exhibition for the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Please join us in celebration at the opening reception on Thursday, May 3 from 6 – 9 PM.

FREE shuttle bus from Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street, Toronto) departing at 6 PM. Bus leaves the AGM at 8:30 PM for return trip to Toronto. RSVP on Eventbrite!

seeping upwards, rupturing the surface
May 3 – June 17, 2018
Art Gallery of Mississauga
Opening Reception: Thursday May 3, 2018, 6 – 9 PM
Curated by Kendra Ainsworth

EXHIBITION PROGRAMMING
Curator’s Tour: May 12, 1–3 PM
Contemporary Art Bus Tour: May 27, 12–5 PM
PANEL: slippery screens, juicy machines, and feminist notions of rupture: May 31, 6–8 PM

Artists: Eleni Bagaki, Maya Ben David and Tobias Williams, Maisie Cousins, Dayna Danger, Erika DeFreitas, Danièle Dennis, Lotte Meret Effinger, Doreen Garner, Talia Shipman, Molly Soda, Ambera Wellmann, Zhu Tian

A particularly interesting concept to emerge from what has been termed the fourth-wave feminism of the digital era is that of 'sad girl theory.' Coined by writer Audrey Wollen, it proposes that the visible display of sadness by girls and women is an act of resistance, as they break down (or break through) traditional ideas of performing the female body and female autonomy. The corporeal nature of emotions including, but not limited to, sadness, draws connections to ideas of the porousness of the female body. In Classical Greek thought, the power of the masculine derived from maintaining secure boundaries - of thought and of the body. Women were considered unable to maintain these boundaries as their emotionality constantly threatened to overflow and disrupt them.

The work of the artists in seeping upwards, rupturing the surface suggests that the physical manifestations of female emotion–the tears of sadness, the frothing spittle of anger, and the slippery secretions of arousal–all represent a way of taking up space, in an insidious, organic and subversive way. Of turning what has been used against women into an asset; not only breaking through boundaries of patriarchal culture, but forging new modes of engagement with the world and connection with others. Abjection as resistance, resilience, relationality. Taken to their logical conclusion in the digital era, these concepts find affinity with the digital image and the screen. The screen itself is inherently bodily. It is an eye, a mouth, a limb; in the form of personal devices it even asks to be touched. It is through these portals that we connect with other bodies, and with the world. The provocative, sometimes lurid works in this exhibition rupture the surface of the image, and ooze out through the screen, finding and seeping through the leakiness of boundaries, demanding attention.


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Above: Danièle Dennis, Try A Little Tenderness, 2015, video performance (still), 18 minutes. Image courtesy of the artist.

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF MISSISSAUGA
The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) is a public, not-for-profit, contemporary art gallery located in the Mississauga Civic Centre, right on Celebration Square and across from Square One Shopping Centre. The AGM is generously supported by the City of Mississauga, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, private citizens and its members.

First. New. Next.
The AGM provides platforms for exhibitions, collections and experimentation in contemporary culture with a recent focus on artists and cultural producers from Indigenous, newcomer and youth communities. Through a broad range of educational programs, artist projects and other forms of critical dialogue, the AGM seeks to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, foster community, and provide spaces where alternative modes of thought are supported and activated in tangible ways.

Art Gallery of Mississauga
300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON, L5B 3C1
905.896.5088 | artgalleryofmississauga.com

Free Admission, Open 7 Days a Week.

Media Contact: Melanie Lowe, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Email: agm.communications@mississauga.ca

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